Although Crisco appeared on American grocery store shelves as early as 1911, the popularity of hydrogenated vegetable oils, or trans fats, including margarine and shortening, soared between the 1950s and the 1980s, as the demonization of saturated fats consumed the medical establishment.
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We’re all about healthy eating here at Be Well, but we believe in a little indulgence once in awhile, too. Unless you’re battling a condition that calls for strict adherence to a specific diet, having a bit of your grandma’s famous apple pie or a homemade treat shouldn’t be a problem on occasion. The important thing is to indulge in foods that are actually foods! It’s much healthier for your body and mind to use your “eat in moderation” tokens on things that are actually whole foods -- there’s no use in indulging in processed chemicals or fake foods that are only going to weaken your health.
In my earlier post, we looked at the first five so-called health foods that are often mistaken as good for you, but in actuality are anything but. As even those who are knowledgeable about nutrition can be fooled by hard-to-decipher labels, slick marketing campaigns or mom’s out-of-date advice leftover from childhood, here’s the remaining not-so-favorite five unhealthy foods, often mistaken for the good stuff:
Recently, thanks in part to a recent Mad Men episode, I’ve had butter on the brain. As I watched Don and his team try to find something good to say about margarine – a substance all agreed looked and tasted awful – I was reminded of the era when butter got the boot, in favor of what we were told was the healthier, man-made, Space Age alternative: margarine. Fast forward a few decades and, not all that surprisingly, the processed, man-made margarine and butter-substitute products of yesteryear have proved themselves to be anything but healthy. Worse still, they may also have contributed to our rising levels of obesity, diabetes and heart disease – the very diseases they were created to avoid.