By: Kenzie Grieman
As a society, we are getting more and more information on nutrition and what it means to be healthy. This is great, except that it can get confusing with all the thoughts out there. Every week there seems to be a new trend in health food. Here is your guide to what’s actually healthy versus what’s just trendy.
Juices and Smoothies: Fiction
Fruits and veggies are good for you. They contain tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Juices, on the other hand, can hide tons of sugar even if they are all-natural and are made from real fruits and veggies. The other problem with juices is they eliminate all the fiber from whole fruits so you’re left with just the sugars. That being said, juice can help you sneak in an extra serving of fruits and veggies on the go. It’s not by any means the worst thing you can drink, but it’s not the best either.
Smoothies much like juices can hide a ton of sugar, calories, and in some cases artificial colors and flavors. If you want a smoothie, try making them at home with where you can control the ingredients.
Almond Milk: Fact
It seems like everyone is cutting out dairy these days. There is plenty of evidence that suggests that dairy is not the best for humans (and is a little gross when you think about it). Almond milk is a good alternative provided that it is unsweetened. It is full of nutrients and is low-calorie compared to dairy milk.
Adding a shot of wheatgrass to a smoothie seems like it would be a good way to sneak some extra nutrients in, right? Eh, sure but not it’s not any better than any other veggie. In general, it’s much better to eat whole foods than foods in liquid form since you don’t get much sustenance from this ingredient.
Chia Seeds: Fact
Chia seeds are super trendy right now. These little guys are full of both fiber and protein. Adding them to a salad or sprinkling them on top of oatmeal is a great way to add some extra benefits to your meal!
Acai Berries: Fiction
Acai berries are indeed full of antioxidants, but so are other berries. The claims that these berries will help you lose weight more than other fruit has not been backed by research. They aren’t bad for you, of course- but don’t expect any miracles from these normal little berries.
Quinoa is an excellent option for those looking to add more protein to their diets. It is a considered to be a “complete” protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids. As an added bonus, quinoa is also naturally gluten-free and high in antioxidants!
Wanting to eat better is never a bad thing and there are certainly some foods that can help you boost your health. It is important to remember that just because everyone has discovered a new so called “health” food doesn’t mean that is actually healthy. Do you research before you try out foods hyped to be ‘the best’ and make sure there is evidence to back their claims.