When you shop at the health food store, it’s easy to think everything on the shelves is healthy. But processed foods contain tons of preservatives, no matter where you buy them. And some ostensibly healthy foods have fewer health benefits than you think. The fact that your local health food store chooses to stock an item doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy for you and your family to eat.
Do you know which foods to steer clear of the next time you’re at the health food store? You might find it surprising that some of the foods you buy offer fewer health benefits than you thought. And some of them can even harm you. Read on to find out which foods you should stop buying at the health food store.
Agave sounds like a healthy, natural substitute for refined sugar. You can probably find it at your local health food store, particularly in the form of agave nectar. But The Kitchn reports this alternative sweetener might be just as unhealthy as high-fructose corn syrup.
Agave nectar isn’t actually a nectar. In fact, it’s processed in much the same way as high-fructose corn syrup. It doesn’t come from the sap of the yucca or agave plant. Instead, it comes from the starch of the root bulb. It goes through a complex refining process that converts the starch and fiber into fructose.
Agave syrup can cause mineral depletion, liver inflammation, hardening of the arteries, and insulin resistance. (That on its own can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.) Plus, agave nectar contains high quantities of a chemical called saponin, which might cause miscarriages.