7 "Healthy" Foods That Are Crippling Your Life
Updated: Feb 28
Today I present a list of 7 foods commonly thought of as healthy.
But as you'll discover, these seven foods aren't meant to be consumed by people like us; people striving to live the most whole, most abundant life possible.
1. Plant-Based "Milk"
First, it was soy milk. Then it was rice milk. Now, it seems like food companies are selling any "milk" they can contrive.
But let's not be fooled; none of these milk alternatives are here for our health.
Well, it's because milk alternatives contain toxic seed oils, gut-disrupting gums, synthetic vitamins, and unnatural emulsifiers.
These ingredients do not reinforce strength and vitality.
This "milk" is utterly unhealthy.
In contrast, real milk – I mean milk that comes from a mammal – is one of nature's most nutrient-rich foods.
Prior to the last 50 years, plant-based milk didn't exist in the human diet. And if there's one thing humans are decidedly bad at, it's creating new foods.
How about we stick with what we've relied on for thousands of years?
I've listed the best kinds of milk below:
Worst: Oatly Oat Milk (or other seed oil-containing plant milk)
Still Bad: Conventional cow's milk
Best "Milk" From a Plant: Organic, full-fat coconut milk
Meager: Organic cow's milk
Upstanding: A2/A2 Organic cow's milk
Really Freaking Healthy: Raw, organic A2/A2 cow's milk and raw goat's milk
*Dishonorable mention: Soy milk
Since the 70s, granola has been the star of stereotypical healthy eating. And like the advancing of many stereotypes, this one is fictitious.
Store-bought granola is loaded with excessive amounts of sugar and seed oils, making them a double-edged dagger to your health.
But here's the good news: you can make your own granola that excludes this deadly duo.
Making delicious and nutritious granola is so rudimentary that anyone can succeed, no matter your culinary insight.
Here's an excellent recipe to start your nourishing granola journey.
3. Gluten-Free Foods
Over the last decade, gluten has faced unrelenting scrutiny in the health and wellness community.
This awareness, while important, has brought forth more problems than solutions.
Food companies have taken full advantage of the gluten-free craze by creating an array of gluten-free cereals, crackers, cookies, chips, pizzas, pasta, cakes, pies, and bread.
However, excluding gluten does not indicate that a particular food is healthy.
On the contrary, most food products that boast "gluten-free" are debilitating your health because they are overly-processed foods that contain toxic seed oils.
Do you want to skip gluten while gaining health? Eat the original gluten-free foods such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, honey, maple syrup, herbs, and spices.
You can read my full blog post on going gluten-free here.
4. Protein Bars
One belief that has corrupted the simplicity of nutrition is that protein bars = health.
This, however, is yet another unfortunate healthy eating cliché built on nothing more than excellent marketing.
As I wrote in my post about my addiction to Perfect Bars, I've yet to encounter a protein bar that furthers health.
Many protein bars contain toxic seed oils, others embrace artificial sweeteners, and the remainder carries inordinate amounts of sugar.
Healthy eating does not come in the form of a protein bar.
5. Plant-Based "Meat"
Nothing triggers me like plant-based "meat."
So much so that I'm not even going to dignify it by writing more about it.
To learn more about why it's the actual worst, read this post.
When we walk into a grocery store these days, it seems that there's some new, earth-toned drink advertised to contain an exotic berry that will transform us into Amazonian warriors.
While many juices have aesthetically-pleasing packaging and convincing semantics, it's crucial to realize that juices – both vegetable and fruit – are essentially a bottle of sugar.
I do not wish to demonize sugar and carbs as a whole, given there is tremendous variance in quality.
Sugar from whole fruit, I argue, isn't going to delay health gains. Whole fruit actually bolsters health.
But when whole fruit is turned into juice, the valuable health-advancing compounds paired with sugar are lost, leaving only a plethora of unchaperoned sugar.
Enjoy plenty of fruits and veggies, but skip the overly-priced "superfood" juices.
7. Turkey Bacon
One of this century's greatest mysteries is turkey bacon's rise to stardom. Its prominence is genuinely enigmatic.
What's intriguing is that proponents of turkey bacon often choose it, believing it's the "cleaner" option.
This, however, is not in lockstep with reality.
The process of making turkey bacon is anything but tidy and thoroughly unnatural. Watch this video if you don't believe me. (Viewer discretion is advised.)
Turkey bacon is tantamount to plant-based "milk."
It's not actually bacon nor is it healthier for you than its predecessor.
Instead of allowing pop culture or food marketers to define healthy food, let's use our intuition to discern whether something is truly healthy.
You don't need a degree in nutrition to recognize healthy and harmful foods.
All you need is a mindset willing to think critically about food products.
Read this post for guidance on what foods are genuinely healthy.
Until next time, keep eating the nutrient-dense foods humans have eaten for thousands of years:
meat, fish, dairy, fruits, vegetables, eggs, sprouted grains, tubers, nuts, seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, honey, maple syrup, herbs, spices, and plenty of butter.