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Eating Healthy? Your Body Doesn’t Think So. by Jessica Boscarini

by Jessica Boscarini, posted to Food & Drink

It’s a New Year and you have dedicated yourself to making this year different. This is the year that you truly are going to start eating healthy and paying attention to what you put in your body. Nutritional bars, 100-calorie packs, wheat products, baked chips, diet sodas – this stuff is bound ... More »


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Diet Soda

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Replacing regular soda with diet soda is not a good thing. Period. Anything with the word “soda” in it should be avoided [besides Club Soda (since this is only carbonated water]. Diet sodas are chock-full of artificial ingredients and chemicals that essentially “trick” our bodies’ chemistry into thinking that they are something that they are not...

Eden Godsoe: Guilty...though trying to kick my Diet Coke habit. People tell me diet soda can actually keep weight on because you retain water & are bloated. Is that true?

Jessica Boscarini: Yes, it most definitely is! Diet soda has tons of Sodium which is one of the major factors in water retention and bloating.

Eden Godsoe: Yet another reason to give it up...or at least cut back to maybe 1 per day. It's my little "wake me up" in lieu of coffee which I have never drank.

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100-Calorie Packs

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Just because there are only 100 calories in a pack of cookies, does not mean it is healthy! There are still loads of saturated fats, sugars, artificial preservatives, etc. that really should be avoided altogether. Plus, the majority of us won’t just eat 1 pack – they are so dinky and not very satisfying, so what would an extra pack or two hurt…?

Eden Godsoe: Guilty...

Claudia: Very true! I've found myself eating less of those "frozen reduced-guilt" meals because they still have a lot of sodium in them. I try to make my own meals and just keep the frozen foods for last minute meals.

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Gluten-free Baked-goods

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Eating gluten-free is all the rage these days, and many people think that by cutting out gluten, they will automatically lose weight. Unfortunately this is not true! Yes, if you stop eating gluten because you have an intolerance your body will be able to better digest the foods that you do eat. However, replacing Pound Cake with a slice of Gluten...

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Wheat Products

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If a food package boasts the word “wheat”, a good majority of consumers will automatically think it’s a healthy option. Especially those who aren’t too familiar with reading product labels. Here’s a tip: if “100% whole wheat” is not listed on the nutritional label, put it back. There are plenty of truly good for you whole-wheat products out there..

Eden Godsoe: Guilty...

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Baked Chips

Just because they use the word “Baked” does not mean the product is healthy. Think of it this way, if they use the word “Chip” the product is 99% not healthy. Yes, baked products are better than fried and if you need your chip fix, it is definitely better to take the baked route. However, try eating Baked Pita Bites or Dried Fruit Crisps...

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Splenda

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My mom has always hated artificial sweeteners and never gave them to us as children. This wasn’t so much a health thing as it was simply that she hated the after-taste of them. Because of this, I’ve never used the “pink or blue” packets, but once I discovered Splenda (a “healthy” alternative), I was all over it. That is until I discovered...

Eden Godsoe: Guilty...

Larissa: Totally guilty! I hear Truvia is the new healthy alternative, have you tried it? Yay or nay?

Jessica Boscarini: You are correct! Truvia is a brand of Stevia, an all-natural, 0-calorie sweetener that comes from a leaf. Stevia is up to 250x sweeter than sugar (depending on the brand), so you really only need a tiny bit. Here's a Review I wrote about Stevia on my website: http://www.ocfoodandfitness.org/#!reviews

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Fat-free Dairy Products

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Just because something says “fat-free” on the label, does not mean it’s healthy. This goes for dairy products too. While I will say that having fat-free milk is better than the full-fat stuff, I’m still not a very big fan of dairy products in general. One reason is because most people are lactose intolerant and don’t even realize it...

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