Occasionally I run across a health-related article that’s both accurate and easy-to-read.
The following is from Men’s Fitness and covers the generalities without killing you with fine print.
The only problem is that you’ll have to sit through a ton of ads every 2 minutes to complete it, so I’ll save you the aggravation:
Most Boomers I know stopped eating most of the following foods because they are hypochondriacs like me, and therefore, spend an inordinate amount of time balancing health with destiny.
They read, they get annual physicals, and go to the gym regularly like other normal middle-aged people who live in large urban settings.
No wonder urbanites who occasionally visit a WalMart for a last minute gift for a 6-year-old post “people” pictures to Pinterest of creatures who could well be descendants of another species.
Okay, for the list:
1] White or “multi-grain” bread
When I was a kid growing up in New Orleans, french bread was a staple.
We’d toast it with butter and call it a meal.
Of course, were were kids and pretty much immune to anything we ate, unless the only thing we ate was crap, in which case we were also screwed.
These days, life is not as forgiving.
Everything we consume comes with ten times the impact.
For example, white bread contains zero while grains for cardiovascular protection, and spike blood sugar levels. [see white rice].
Leave it on the shelf or get a leather bound insulin container with your initials embossed on it.
2] Ready-to-eat breakfast cereal
“Healthy” is a term manufacturers use to sell products.
Understand that 4 grams of sugar on a label equates to 1 teaspoon of added sugar in reality.
It’s up to you to read.
3] Fat free pretsels
Pretzels are full of basically nothing, so consuming an entire bag in a single sitting is not uncommon.
Try 49 pistachios, instead.
They’re packed with nutrients, so eating 49 of them equates to half the bag of pretzels.
Of course, if you can limit yourself to a few pretzels, no harm no foul.
But good luck with that.
4] White rice
Stripped of nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, white rice does nothing but spike blood sugar and insulin, leading to fat storage.
There is no upside for white rice unless you’re about to perform wind sprints on an empty stomach.
5] Generic peanut butter
6] Trail mix
Who doesn’t grab a bag of trail mix before hitting the road or airways?
It looks like the healthiest snack on the planet.
It isn’t, particularly if it has chunks of chocolate and dried fruit, which are sky-high in sugar.
A better alternative is to make it yourself, and store it for your next outing.
7] Canned corn
What the hell is canned corn?
I remember eating it as a kid, but like I said, “as a kid.”
No sane adult eats canned corn because they know it has enough starch to choke a pig.
Try green beans if you have to eat something out of a can.
8] Plain pasta sauce in a jar
The great thing about canned pasta sauce is that it usually has lots of prostate-healthy lycopene.
But it also has enough salt to drive your blood pressure through the roof.
Marinara sauce is a better choice.
9] White pasta
Like anything else you est that’s white, it’s stripped of everything, including fiber and bran.
Try whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, black or brown rice and whole grain couscous.
10] Canned soup
Think 800 grams of sodium and this should put an end to the discussion.
Try a low-sodium alternative.
11] Traditional beef jerky
Pretty much any food product you buy in a convenience store is guaranteed to kill you prematurely.
It’s cheap, over-processed and bereft of any nutritional value.
Your best bet is to fork over the money and buy healthy beef jerky at 10 times the price, but 1000 times the nutritional benefits.
12] Cereal bars
13] Powdered coffee creamer
If you use coffee creamer, I’m sorry.
What you’re putting into your body is empty calories, fat, sugar, and salt.
This is idiotic.
Just drink it black until you can locate some actual milk.
14] Movie theater-style popcorn
Look, eating healthy is not that difficult, but it can be a pain in the ass for those of you not used to reading – or caring about – labels.
Just remember, life doesn’t care about you.
You have to care about you for life will pay you back.