It has become apparent to me that there is still quite a bit of confusion when it comes to “health foods” available for consumption today and is it actually healthy.
Whilst I acknowledge that finally places such as Woolworths, Coles, even some fast food chains are offering healthier options, it still doesn’t cut the mustard in my eyes and I’ll tell you why.
Take for example Subway. Years ago it used to be a personal favourite of mine for a healthy, quick and easy meal. It is a well known fast food chain that prides itself on being a healthier alternative to that of McDonald’s, KFC, Hungry Jacks etc. But to be completely honest, in my opinion Subway is far from healthy and it sucks because many who eat here, genuinely think they are making better decisions in terms of fast food or food on the go, but realistically this is not the case.
To help explain why, all I had to do was look on Subway Australia’s website, download their ingredient guide and saw a whole bunch of numbers and big words. Remember if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it!
Firstly, the breads Subway use contain vegetable oil, preservatives, refined sugar, artificial colourings, food acids, I could go on and on here, followed by the words “made in a plant”…queue the alarm bells!!!!
Secondly, the meats and dairy Subway use contain a host of different harmful ingredients including refined sugar, hydrolysed vegetable protein, thickeners and again preservatives. And that’s not even taking into consideration if these meats have come from sick and diseased animals? No mention what so ever if they were farmed humanely and not raised on antibiotics or growth hormones.
Thirdly, the vegetables I thought would surely at least kind of be ok but nope. The vegetables Subway use also contain food acid and preservatives. Also I highly doubt any are organic with a guarantee of no pesticides or GMOs.
I don’t even want to get started on the ingredients in the sauces they use or the cookies and soft drinks they offer with every meal you purchase.
And yet Subway claim that we are eating fresh??? Come on! It’s more like “Subway, eat fake”.
My next example is Up & Go. A liquid breakfast that claims to be very nutritious and good for you.
Again, all it took was Google and a couple of clicks to get to their ingredient list. What do you know, more numbers and big words.
All Up & Go flavours contain highly processed vegetable oils, skim milk powder, corn syrup solids (possibly HFCS?), acidity regulators, artificial flavours, vegetable gums and stabilisers. Each with up to 19 grams of sugar just in one small square carton. I’m sure many Up & Go fans don’t just drink one here and there. I know because I used to drink these thinking it was a nutritious start to my day and I did not stop at one let me tell you. The product also proudly admits it is 98.5% fat free. I have mentioned in a previous post on my instagram account – fat does not make you fat, sugar does. And the food industry dump a truck load of sugar into fat-free products to make them palatable. See what I mean now?
Another example, Chobani yoghurt. The product claims to have no preservatives, artificial colours of flavours, is “fat-free” (ready to sound the alarm bells), has active cultures and probiotics, and is gluten-free. However, it still has a sugar content of up to 20 grams per serving! It also contains a lot of skim milk (being highly processed and pasteurised) which I have previously mentioned in other blog articles the issues surrounding milk and the brutality of dairy cow farming. So this one friends is not a healthy option in my books.
Now you could have read all that and thought it was a bit extreme and picky, but seriously this is one of the reasons why we are still in this health crisis we are suffocated by today.
Hundreds upon hundreds of companies claiming to sell “healthier” alternatives when really, they are not healthy at all.
From being contacted with so many questions about healthier options, this issue needed to be addressed. I congratulate all those out there genuinely trying to be healthy and giving it a red hot go. But please, please be mindful. There are food companies out there that still do not have your best health interests at heart. It still is a matter of profits before health, they just happen to throw a few fancy buzz words onto the front of packaging and hope you will fall for it. Well I hope that you won’t.
I wouldn’t touch the above foods or any packaged “health food” for that matter without extensively reading the ingredients on the back of the pack. I know some might think they don’t have enough time to do that but honestly, I always remember this saying “if you don’t have time for your health now, you will be forced to make time for sickness later”.
Besides if you keep it simple and easy the REAL foods you should be eating won’t be sitting on a shelf for months and months, they’ll be in the fresh produce section or local farmers market!