3 foods you thought were healthy, but could be detrimental to your health

Don't let the health market fool you

Be careful when consuming products you have known most of your whole life to be "healthy", just because of the way they are marketed. Yogurt, wheat bread, and cereal bars, are just a few of the foods that are marketed in America as "health" foods. However, there are some ingredients used in these foods, of which it is banned in China Australia, European Union, Canada due to health concerns. A few examples are potassium bromate (breads), bromated vegetable oil (some sodas), dairy with rGBH (milk/dairy product), and artificial dyes (Kraft,Mars brands) just to name a few. And finally our FDA is considering banning some of these foods here in the U.S. Here are 3 foods that we should take into consideration of our intake.

Yogurt:

The quick yogurt snack, Go Gurt, is marketed towards kids as a healthy snack, however it contains twice as much sugar than a bowl of lucky charms. Yogurts should not have added sugars, for 6 oz. it should have about 13 g of naturally occurring sugar from milk. On the safe side, try to stay under 20 g. for 6 oz. and be sure to stay away of yogurt containing high fructose corn syrup. Also there are yogurts that claim to have probiotic benefits, however when yogurt is pasteurized, most of the "good bacteria" are killed off. Wheat Bread:

The stereotype that wheat bread is healthier than white bread is being closely looked at. Most wheat breads contain high fructose corn syrup. Doctors have said high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been linked to the leading cause of obesity in U.S. HFCS is 20x sweeter than regular sugar. It is a chemical that our brain does not recognize. HFCS disrupts the leptin production, which is the "I'm full hormone". Essentially HFCS leaves your brain thinking you need to eat more than you should be. Doctors have said it can be about 8x times more addictive than heroin or cocaine. HFCS is considered a foreign substance to our bodies, and when there is a foreign substance, our bodies store it, and therefore adds it to the waistline. Similar to the way our ancestors hunted and gathered their food. Their bodies would store food, since there was such a long period of time between meals and they wouldn't know when it was going to be either.

Cereal bars:

Cereal bars are marketed similarly to yogurt. Mostly marketed to kids and even to health nuts, such as Kellogg's and Fiber One. In most cereal bars the number 1 ingredient is sugar, as well as corn syrup. Kellogg's special K marketed as premiere healthy bars, with some being under 100 calories, yet contain tons of sugar. Fiber One contains corn syrup and sugars. Similar to cereal bars, regular cereal contains a number of dyes. Dyes may look pretty, but they are made from chemicals derived from petroleum. Petroleum is also used to make diesel, tar, and gasoline and is banned in most other countries.

When considering banning some of these foods out of your diet, be sure to take a good look at "Olean". Olean, which was previously called Olestra, which is a man made carbohydrate and is banned in Canada, China and European Union. Olean is one of the worst carbs you can eat, worse than gluten. You will often see it appear in fat free foods in potato chips, cookies, etc. Chips Ahoy, Pringles, Ruffles, Doritos, just to name a few brands within their "fat free" or "light" versions of the chips and cookies. It is an addictive carb and blocks the body from absorbing essential vitamins. Unless you go on an all organic diet and eat super clean, it is hard to live in America in 2019 with out running into some of these banned ingredients. In America sugar and sweeteners have increased 20 times in the last 50 years. Sugar is always added to foods you would never expect. There are also plenty of preservatives and chemicals that clog your digestive system and get turned into fat. It's time the FDA needs to crack down on more of these ingredients, in which these multi billion dollar companies are feeding us, just to cut cost. By skipping out on some of these ingredients you can clear up your skin, gain great amounts of energy, and make your bathroom habits regular.

You don't need diet tips, you just need a lifestyle change.

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The final regular season game for the Houston Cougars men's basketball team took place Sunday, March 7th in the Fertitta Center.

There was some controversy as the game was initially scheduled to take place in Memphis, but was moved to Houston due to a COVID-19 related issues. The contest was originally supposed to happen on Feb. 14 in Houston but was postponed due to the aforementioned COVID issues in the Memphis program.

The American Athletic Conference stated that if a game had to be postponed it would be played at the venue of the team that did not have the COVID-19 issues.

Memphis was not happy about the relocation.

"In a year full of challenges, we are greatly disappointed for our players and fans that our final home game of the season could not remain in Memphis," Memphis Director of Athletics Laird Veatch said. "This is especially sad for our senior managers and students in band, cheer and pom, who will not be able to celebrate their last experience in FedExForum.

Although unfortunate for Memphis and their fans, it did give Houston one extra home game, and a chance to have their true senior day.

Seniors Dejon Jarreau, Justin Gorham and Brison Gresham were honored during a pregame ceremony in front of a socially distanced crowd at the Fertitta Center.

There were few dry eyes on the court including head coach Kelvin Sampson who was emotional during the ceremony.

Those emotions quickly changed from bittersweet to confusion as Memphis jumped out to an early lead in the first half.

Head coach Penny Hardaway had his Tigers play trap style defense which lead to many double teams on Quentin Grimes and Jarreau, forcing other players to step up.

This strategy worked as Memphis was able to force the Cougars to make multiple turnovers early on.

Houston had a four point lead at halftime, and the game continued to be a back and forth contest until the end.

Houston was up 64-61 with nine seconds left to go in the game, and Memphis had one shot to tie the game.

Sophomore guard Lester Quinones missed a 3-pointer, but Houston couldn't secure the rebound to put the game away.

Instead, the ball bounced out to Boogie Ellis who hit his lone 3-pointer of the game with 1.7 seconds left to tie it at 64.

Coach Sampson was able to call a final timeout with 1.7 seconds left in the game.

For the final play, he drew up an inbounds play that had been tried in practice, but has never been performed in a game.

"I don't think it's ever worked," UH forward Justin Gorham said.

From the opposite side of the court, Marcus Sasser inbounded the ball via a bounce pass to Tramon Mark near center court.

Mark was double-teamed by the Houston logo and threw up a prayer.

That prayer resulted in a bank shot off of the backboard to win the game 67-64 as time expired.

"To do that on senior day for those guys, that just makes it even better," Mark said after the game on Twitter.

It was a tremendous way to end the regular season for the Cougars as they gear up and head to the AAC tournament in Fort Worth.

Before Houston headed to the locker room to celebrate, Sampson had some final words for Cougars fans.

"Never give up on your Coogs!"

MOVING UP: With this victory, Houston has moved up to the 7th ranked team in the country and are looking to secure a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT: March is in full swing, and the Cougars will be the No. 2 seed in the AAC tournament. They will face the winner of Tulsa and Tulane on Friday, March 12th at 6 p.m CT

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