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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10th-ranked UH looks poised for a great season

Here's why UH could make a deep tournament run

The Coogs are off to a hot start. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Through eleven COVID stricken weeks, the University of Houston football team has mustered three wins.

The UH men's basketball season began on November 25th. It took them five days to catch up.

The Cougars came into last week ranked 17th in the nation in the AP preseason poll, the highest they've begun a season in 37 years. They took little time to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the nation.

UH shot out of the gate last week to a 3-0 start, including a double-digit win over 14th ranked Texas Tech. That, combined with a myriad of week one upsets, sent the Cougars soaring even further up the rankings.

By Monday afternoon, Houston was already one of the top 10 ranked teams in the nation.

Now it's important to note that it's incredibly early in the season, and there is plenty of time for something to go haywire. With TDECU stadium right across the street, they've had a front row seat to see just how sideways COVID can flip a season. The football team may only have 3 wins, but that's partly because they've had to postpone 5 games.

Regardless, they remain 10th in the nation at the moment, and it's no fluke. This is a solid team that has shown glimpses for the past three years.

Led offensively by sophomore guard Marcus Sasser (17.3 ppg) and Kansas transfer guard Quentin Grimes (16.0 ppg), the Cougars field a deep backcourt that has received welcome early contributions from freshman Tramon Mark (14.0 ppg) who's already earned an average of 19 minutes per game.

Speaking of minutes, UH brings one of the most important skills to the court this season: experience. In the era of one-and-done turnover among NCAA programs, the Cougars bring back four players that averaged over 20 minutes per game last season. That type of experience playing with one another and understanding the system head coach Kelvin Sampson plays could prove invaluable come tournament time.

What truly gives this team a shot though is their defense and hustle, both of which are a direct result of Sampson. They're simply relentless on defense. After finishing 11th in the nation last season only allowing 62.1 ppg, they've shown no signs of letting up. Through their first three games they've given up an average of 52 ppg. Even with double-digit leads, this is still a team diving for loose balls and mixing it up for offensive rebounds.

All of those ingredients make for a very salty, and very entertaining college basketball team. The Cougars have proved in the past three seasons that they're legitimately tournament worthy, and as the preseason American Conference champion favorite, this is a team that could—and should—have their eyes set even higher than their sweet sixteen appearance in 2019. Nothing is certain in the COVID era, however, but if they can make it through the season relatively unscathed they should be a tough out during March Madness.

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