This vs That

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A piece of fruit, some almond milk in your smoothie, or a piece of grilled fish for dinner. All healthy choices, right? Sometimes apparently healthy, or what you’ve been told are healthy choices, could be better. Taking a closer look at some yields some things you didn’t think about. Below are 5 common healthy choices and a better and more nutritious substitute.

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Banana vs Avocado

The Avocado, also a fruit, boasts more potassium, zinc, calcium and vitamin C than a banana. In addition it has 44 more times the beneficial fats your body needs and 18 times less the sugars.

Almond Milk vs Coconut Milk

Chances are if you make smoothies you choose one of these liquids: cow milk, soymilk, almond milk, rice milk, or coconut milk. With almond milk, you’re primarily paying for water and zero nutrition. Coconut Milk on the other hand has Lauric Acid, which is tremendous for the gut and overall digestive health, contains beneficial fats, and boosts the immune system.
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Bread vs Bowl

Almost anything that goes into a sandwich can be eaten in a bowl. Chipotle has figured this out with their burrito bowls. Tuna salad and egg salad can be made with your own mayonnaise and put into romaine lettuce leaves. Bread is empty calories, which increase your carbohydrate count, tortillas are no better. Whole grain, sprouted, organic, seeded breads are no better, sometimes worse.
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Farm Raised Fish vs Wild Fish

I don’t know if you know this but Atlantic Salmon does not mean it comes from the ocean. It is a breed of fish raised in fenced off pens sometimes miles inland in a trench of water. Fed a diet of anything from corn and soybeans to dogfood to fatten them quickly, they are fed orange-dyed foods or beta carotene chips just to add in that pink salmon color. Thefat they produce is not the beneficial Omega-3 variety they get in the wild, but inflammatory Omega-6. Always ask your waiter if the fish is wild or farm raised.
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Gluten Free vs Grain Free.

This is the latest marketing gimmick where another grain besides wheat is used. Oats, soybeans, corn, and rice are the usual suspects and they all come with their own form of gluten which still increase your intake of cheap rapidly digestible carbohydrates translating to excessive blood sugar and insulin. Your Carbs should almost always come from vegetables and a little fruit, never grains. Read more on this topic HERE

-Leavitt August 1013
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