When it comes to drinking orange juice, or following the food pyramid, or committing to some sort of new diet, most of us would be quick to point out how healthy these things are, but of course, there is a sliding scale here. Some things are healthier than others. Juice is better than coke, but it’s still worse than water. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. These are 25 Healthy Habits That Aren’t As Healthy As You’ve Been Led To Believe.
Following the food pyramid
There is a reason that it has been updated to MyPlate.
Doing only one form of exercise
Swim, bike, run, lift, climb. Cross training is the best thing for your body.
Packaged healthy foods
While better than candy bars, they don’t beat fresh, whole produce.
It doesn’t kill nutrients; it’s just that most microwaveable foods don’t come with a lot of nutrients to start with.
Eat right, exercise, and your body will take care of the toxins. Depriving yourself of nutrients does more harm than good.
Store bought smoothies
One Naked will provide you with half your daily sugar intake.
Meal replacement shakes
Nothing can replace a healthy, well-balanced diet.
No amount of tanning is healthy. Your body releases melanin in response to skin damage by UV radiation. So if you have a tan, your skin has been damaged.
Low calorie foods
Just because something is low calorie, doesn’t make it healthy. Styrofoam is low-calorie.
Blowing of steam or venting
Psychology tells us that venting your anger actually leads to more anger. Going for a walk is a much better solution.
If this surprises you, wait until you see number 3!
Demanding aggressive treatment and testing from the doctor
All procedures have risks and side effects. Doctors are trained to weigh these.
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They just push the wax into your ear and make things worse.
Unless you are sure that you are deficient in something, it is much better to just eat a balanced diet. Eating supplements unnecessarily can have unintended consequences.
Red wine and chocolate
You would have to consume tons of it to get any of the supposed “benefits.” Of course, the obvious negative effects would outweigh the positives anyway.
Drinking all of your meals
Liquid passes through your body very quickly and leaves you hungry again. Furthermore, you’re spiking your sugar levels which makes you crave even more unhealthy stuff.
Gluten free food
If you’re not gluten intolerant, gluten is actually quite healthy. Gluten free products are stuffed with sugar and other chemicals to reproduce the natural properties of gluten.
Just because it’s a salad doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Iceberg lettuce, dressing, and bacon defeat the purpose. Fresh greens are what you’re looking for.
It contains tons of sugar and is only slightly better than chugging soda and popping vitamins.
Which is basically most diets. A real diet is actually quite simple but takes time to implement (a calorie deficit that occurs due to eating less healthy calories than you burn).
People think that vegan food = healthy food, but a lot of vegan food is actually quite bad for you due to added fats that are meant to replace the animal ingredients.
It’s basically just a soft drink with additives. Nothing beats water.
Fat free food
Is almost always high in sugar.
Listening to nutritionists
In most countries, “nutritionist” isn’t a legally protected term. This means that anybody can call themselves a “nutritionist.” “Dietician” is what you are looking for. Paraphrasing Dara O’Briain, calling yourself a dietician is like calling yourself a dentist, while calling yourself a nutritionist is like calling yourself a toothologist.
Some bacteria are actually good and necessary.
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Brushing your teeth right after a meal or puking
It can actually compound the damage that the acids in the food cause to your enamel. You should wait at least 30 minutes.
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