5 Health Products that are Actually Bad for You

Sydelle Enoch 

Deceptive appearances – Most of us are willing to spend a bit more money in an effort to eat better and live healthier lives. However, producers are all too well-aware of this and as result have masked many of their products in a veil of false promises. To put it simply, most packaged health products and foods sound a whole lot healthier than they really are.

For starters, here are five common products that may have you fooled:

Health Products that are Actually Bad for You

Vitamin A in topicals – While vitamin A may be great when taken as a dietary supplement, when found in sunscreen and skin care products it can be dangerous. When exposed to sun, the national toxicology program discovered that particular forms of vitamin A found in almost all commercialized skin lotions can accelerate the formation of cancerous skin-tumors and lesions. When you do buy skin care products, be sure to read the labels and avoid any that contain things like “retinol” or “retinoic acid”.

Bran Muffins – Muffins of any kind are dangerous, period. However, many are fooled by the word “Bran” that sits in front of the word Muffin. And who can blame them? Bran is indeed high in great things like fiber and is also usually low processed. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the Bran in muffins. It comes with high amounts of refined sugars and processed oils like canola oil. Not to mention they come loaded with carbs weighing in at 500 calories each on average. It’s safe to say these are worse than the most delicious cookie.

Low fat peanut butter – Nut butters are great for our health, especially for those who like to exercise regularly. Low-fat nut butters on the other hand should be avoided at all costs. If your peanut butter has more than just one or two ingredients, it is simply no longer beneficial to your health. The processed ingredients that producers add are always too detrimental. While less fat may provide fewer calories, fats are not always bad. Do research on fats derived from nuts, avocados, and olive oil, what you finding may surprise you.

Whitening toothpaste – Many people choose whitening toothpastes without considering the consequences. While these products have been proven to successfully remove staining from tobacco smoke, coffee and wine, it won’t ever actually change the natural color of your teeth. These pastes just remove stains by scratching the surface of your precious enamel, leaving a whiter un-stained layer of teeth below. Enamel doesn’t grow back, and eventually this will lead to tooth decay. So if you must continue using these abrasive pastes, you should also consider finding a way to include dental insurance in California for your overall health insurance plan. Tooth decay due to enamel loss is the easiest way to raise dental expenses if you are uncovered.

Pre-packaged smoothies – Smoothies are a great way to get a high amount of nutrients quickly. They are easy on our digestive systems and taste great after a workout. While making the effort to create your own smoothies using organic fruits and veggies is a brilliant idea, store bought ones can be full of nasties. Although they may be convenient, they’re packed with added sugar and other things to make up for the lack of freshness. Opt for smoothies with fruits and greens only.