We, as humans, want to be healthy, and we want others around us to be healthy too. That’s why we try our best to eat a balanced diet and make sure that we don’t overeat or under-eat. But what if I told you that the food you eat might not actually be as nutritious as it seems?
What if I told you that those green smoothies might not have any more nutrients than a glass of orange juice? And what about those organic vegetables? They might contain fewer nutrients than their conventional counterparts because they take longer to grow (and many people think “organic” means healthier).
The world is full of misconceptions when it comes to food. Today, this article is going to debunk some of the most widespread myths about healthy food.
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12 disadvantages of healthy food in points:
In fact, I’ll share 12 disadvantages of eating healthy food in points. Please note that if you have a particular medical condition and want to eat healthy (which is great!), then definitely consult your doctor or physician before doing these things. And while some of these “disadvantages” apply to all healthy food, you should be just fine if you follow a balanced diet and don’t eat too much of one thing in particular.
1. Healthy food makes you hungry
Only recently have scientists discovered that healthy food could actually cause hunger pangs, which means that it is possible that healthy foods are just as fattening as unhealthy ones. The reason behind this is the high glycemic index of many organic products. Scientists believe that when people eat low-GI foods, they do not experience the same hunger pangs as when they eat high-GI foods.
2. Healthy food is expensive
The organic industry has grown rapidly since the year 2000 (and the term “organic” was first used in 1941). Every year, more people switch to buying healthy food, which means that prices go up and companies invest more money into creating healthy products.
This means that organic food is not always better than conventional food because it’s expensive, and only a small percentage of people can afford to buy it, while the rest have no choice but to consume cheap GMO foods.
3. You need a lot of fruit to get enough vitamins
In order to make a green smoothie, you need a lot of fruit and vegetables. But the truth is that you don’t need to use five apples and three carrots – one apple and half a carrot will do just fine (and they will be cheaper too).
4. You can overdose on healthy food!
Did you know that it’s possible to overdose on healthy food? The recommended daily dosage of vitamin C is only 200 mg, but you can eat up to 2000 mg before it becomes toxic. Similarly, the recommended dose of the mineral selenium is 55 micrograms per day, but you can eat as much as 1000 micrograms before you risk ingesting too much.
5. Many foods advertised as “healthy” are not
Products like dairy drinks (especially almond milk) or cereal bars often advertise themselves as healthy choices, but the truth is that they contain way more sugar than you would expect. The same thing applies to fruit yogurts and other products which claim to be healthy because of all the fruit inside them.
6. Healthy foods can easily become unhealthy
If you leave a banana in the freezer for a few days and then eat it, you’ll understand that frozen food doesn’t have to be healthy. On the contrary, if you cook meat at too high a temperature, it will lose a lot of its nutritional value. And if you grill your veggies too long, you’ll destroy many of their vitamins.
7. Healthy food can contain chemicals
Many healthy foods are produced in factories that also process unhealthy foods, and the machines used to produce them might not be cleaned thoroughly in between runs. In some cases, this could lead to chemical contamination from one product to another, making the healthy food you eat unhealthily.
8. Organic food could contain fewer nutrients
Only recently have scientists discovered that organic crops contain fewer nutrients than conventional ones do. This is because the soil in which they are grown is not as rich in minerals and microelements, and this might affect the nutritional value of such foods (although there is no evidence to prove this).
9. The best way to avoid pesticides is to buy local produce
Unfortunately, the main reason people are “forced” to eat organic food is that it doesn’t contain any pesticides or other harmful chemicals that could damage their health. But what about the produce grown locally? It might not contain as many fertilizers or pesticides, but you can still find pests in it. And if it’s not sprayed with insecticides, you might actually contract certain diseases from the contamination!
10. Healthy food isn’t always tasty
Many people turn to healthy foods thinking they will lose weight without much effort, but that’s not how it works. Even when you eat sauerkraut, you will still need to do sport in order to achieve your goals.
11. Organic food can be produced using GMOs!
If you think that by eating organic food, you are avoiding the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), then think again because organic farms are allowed to grow crops that have been modified using the very same technology.
12. Nobody knows what “natural” means
The term “natural” is often used for marketing healthy and organic foods, but there really isn’t a strict legal definition of it (although some countries do have regional regulations). So basically, if something says it’s “all-natural” on the label, it is actually entirely up to the manufacturer what this means.
Before you start eating healthy, think about the disadvantages of it. Even though there are many advantages to consuming healthier food, such as the reduced risk for chronic disease and weight loss, some people might have difficulty adjusting their taste buds or just don’t enjoy “healthy” foods. Additionally, organic food is often expensive, so poorer families may not be able to afford them regularly.
Finally, depending on how strict your diet is (such as vegetarianism), you could still consume genetically modified organisms that are considered unhealthy by others who follow a stricter vegan diet!