Kayla Womeldorf, Harmon’s dietician, gave her best tips for eating healthy. Everyone has an opinion on what makes for healthy food, but which is true? Kayla is breaking down the 5 ways you may be fooled by your food, plus, sharing a recipe for grilled bananas.
1. Less processed forms of added sugar are good for you
- Agave nectar, honey, and maple syrup are all forms of added sugar and though they may contain trace vitamins and minerals, they are essentially empty calories, just like other forms of added sugar.
- Beware of other fancy sounding names for sugar, such as: evaporated cane juice, crystalline fructose, brown rice syrup, raw sugar, coconut sugar, etc.
2. Organic and natural always mean “healthy”
- The term “organic” is strictly regulated by the USDA, which states that “organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.” However, “natural” is a much more dubious claim, and isn’t well regulated, with such ingredients as high fructose corn syrup being awarded the title.
- Though “organic” and “natural” claims may tell you how a food is produced, they aren’t synonyms for healthy, and nutrition still needs to be considered when choosing foods.
- Some organic cookies contain more calories, sugar, and fat than non-organic cookies. Another example – organic peanut butter cups contain more calories and saturated fat than Reese’s peanut butter cups.
3. Coconut oil is better than olive or canola oils (READ FULL ARTICLE HERE)