Mistakes People Make When Buying Healthy Food

Your intentions are good: you want to buy the best food for your body, but marketers make it confusing.

These are mistakes you might be making when buying “healthy” food:

1. Mistaking “gluten free” as good for you

Unless you have celiac disease, gluten-free food isn’t always necessary… it’s packed with starches that can spike blood sugar. It’s low in fiber and can cause weight gain.

2. Thinking of protein bars as healthy

When many are little better than a candy bar. If you insist on this meal-on-the-go, check out the nutrition label and pick one with the fewest ingredients with names you can actually pronounce.

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3. Turning to fruit juice for your morning fix

Unless it’s fresh squeezed, and even then, it may be loaded with sugar. A better option is green juice.

4. Opting for organic

Yes, it’s typically healthier, but it could still be processed. So check the label and stick with food from a plant, not processed in one.

5. Fearing fat

We need foods that are high in good omega-3 fats. They help with brain function. Avoid trans fats, which are found in processed junk food. Go for healthy fats in nuts, olive or coconut oil, and wild salmon instead.

Related: Pricier Is Not Healthier


About the author

Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.