Modern nutrition is full of false beliefs.
Many foods that people believe to be healthy are actually seriously harmful.
Here are 4 common “heart healthy” foods that are more likely to clog your arteries.
1. “Healthy” Breakfast Cereals
The way foods are labelled is a disgrace.
This is particularly true of so-called “healthy” breakfast cereals.
Most of these cereals are highly processed foods and loaded with refined grains and sugar.
The manufacturers often add labels like “whole grain” with the purpose of deceiving people into thinking that their products are healthy.
However… usually, these “whole” grains have been pulverized into very fine flour and have pretty much the same effects on your blood sugar and metabolism as their refined counterparts.
These cereals, including the healthy looking ones, are also usually loaded with refined sugar, although the manufacturers often use clever tricks to hide the true amount of sugar in their products.
The worst part of this is… these incredibly harmful products are often marketed directly towards children, then the misleading health claims (lies) are added to convince the parents that it is a good idea to feed this stuff to their kids.
Bottom Line: Most “healthy” breakfast cereals are loaded with refined grains and sugar. Then these products are marketed directly towards children.
2. Modern Wheat, Including The “Heart Healthy” Whole Wheat
A few decades ago (around 1960), wheat changed.
Scientists started tampering with the plant’s genes in order to invent a new breed that had a much greater yield.
This was mostly a good thing at the time and had a major role in reducing starvation around the world. The lead scientist even won the Nobel Peace Prize for his discovery.
However, as often happens when humans start tampering with nature, it did have some unforeseen consequences.
But there is also some evidence that modern “whole” wheat isn’t just less nutritious, it may also be significantly more harmful to your heart.
Studies that compare modern wheat to its older counterparts show that it can increase cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers… but inflammation is among the leading drivers of heart disease (3, 4).
Although this needs to be replicated in more studies, this does imply that modern wheat products may drastically increase the risk of cardiovascular disease… at least when compared to older wheat varieties or other healthier grains like oats.
Although wheat may have been a relatively healthy food back in the day… the kind of wheat that over 90% of people are eating today is not healthy and should be avoided.
Bottom Line: The new strains of wheat that were introduced around 1960 are less nutritious and may increase cholesterol levels and cause excess inflammation in the body.
3. Low-Fat Dairy Products, Which Happen to be Loaded With Sugar
Dairy products tend to be high in saturated fat.
Therefore, it is often recommended that we consume low-fat dairy instead.
Studies that look at dairy fat specifically show that people who eat the most high-fat dairy are less likely to be obese and don’t have an increased risk of heart disease or diabetes (10).
If anything, the major health benefits of dairy products seem to be caused primarily by the fatty components.
Also, let’s not forget that low-fat dairy products (especially low-fat yogurt) are usuallyloaded with sugar… they often have more sugar than candy!
Many studies show that added sugar has severe harmful effects on metabolism and increases some major risk factors for heart disease, including triglycerides, abdominal obesity and small, dense LDL cholesterol (13, 14).
Saturated fat appears to be harmless, but added sugar is extremely unhealthy when consumed in excess.
Most low-fat dairy products are processed foods that have had the good stuff taken out, only to be replaced with something much worse.
Bottom Line: Low-fat dairy products have had the beneficial fats removed from them. Instead, many such products (especially the yogurts) contain large amounts of added sugars.
4. Processed Vegetable Oils
Processed seed- and vegetable oils are often mistakenly assumed to be healthy.
These are oils extracted from seeds and include soybean, corn and canola oils.
The way these are made is very disgusting and involves high heat, various artificial chemicals and the toxic solvent hexane.
It is well known that these oils lower cholesterol levels, but… having lower cholesterol does NOT necessarily mean that you will have less heart disease (15).
After all, cholesterol is a risk factor, not an actual disease.
Interestingly, a study that looked at common cooking oils on store shelves found that that the trans fat content in these “heart healthy” oils was extremely high, from 0.56 to 4.2% (19).
These oils are high in trans fats and inflammatory, damage prone Omega-6 fats and several studies have shown that they increase the risk of death.
Why on earth are the mainstream nutrition organizations still recommending that we eat them? It makes absolutely no sense.
SOURCE: Authority Nutrition