The Top 4 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Be Healthy

You’ve probably heard it before and you’ll going to hear it again now: “Americans are overfed and undernourished.” It means that, as a nation, we are eating plenty of calories but they are doing nothing to nourish our bodies and give us what we need. We are ‘starving’ as a nation and it’s no wonder that we have high rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

We are what we eat. And few people truly understand how foods can help to keep them healthy or how they can fail to keep them healthy. We live in an age of scientifically-created foods which have little to any resemblance of how nature did it first. There are certain foods that make up a large percentage of the average American diet. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if these foods were eaten occasionally. But the problem comes when we consistently consume them day after day, meal after meal.

So what are the top 4 ‘foods’ to avoid if you want to be healthy?

SugarIf you can make only one change in your diet, it must be to eliminate sugar completely–or at least as much as possible. Many people tell me that they ‘eat no sugar at all.’ But what they are really saying is that they don’t add sugar to their meals or drinks from the sugar bowl. Once you start reading labels of boxed foods, you’ll soon learn that sugar (in all of its chemically created/altered forms) is present in most, if not all, processed foods. It’s almost impossible to avoid! The average American eats over 160 pounds of sugar a year!

Sugar, even in small amounts, is detrimental to your health. It suppresses the immune system for hours and plays significant effect on your hormones, throwing your body out of balance and into a state of biochemical chaos. If you eat sugar, morning, noon and night, your body is always in this state of chaos leading to disease. Furthermore, sugar is actually an antinutrient, meaning that it leaches nutrients from your body! Because certain nutrients are removed from sugar in the refining process, your body cannot process it. So, it leaches minerals from your body to attach to the refined sugar molecules in order to move the sugar through your body. Also, because it’s an antinutrient, sugar also causes calcium to be lost in the urine, which in turn is replaced by calcium from the bones, leading to osteoporosis.

It’s important to understand the difference between natural sugar, like that present in fruits and some vegetables and altered sugar – such as white sugar. Natural sugar is good for your body. Refined sugar, on the other hand, is destructive to human health.

White FlourAlmost all bread, pasta and baked goods are made with white flour. It’s easy-to-use, easy-to-store, and practically never goes bad. However, white flour contains little nutrition, is toxic and is an antinutrient (like sugar). And the scary part is that the average American consumes more than 200 pounds of white flour every year!

Almost all nutrients that were once contained in wheat are lost in the process of creating white flour. And just like sugar, because white-flour is no longer a ‘whole food’, it actually leaches minerals from the body in order to metabolize it.

To avoid the health problems associated with processed grains, use whole grains such as: millet, oats, quinoa, spelt, amaranth, kamut and brown rice.

Processed OilsMany people think that low-fat is healthy. This is not the case. We NEED healthy fats in our diet. Our cells are surrounded by a cell membrane built with….fats! The important thing though is using high-quality building materials to create these cell membranes. When oils are heated above 392 degrees F (as most supermarket oils are, which are used in junk foods like potato chips, candy, breakfast cereals, and salad dressings) the fat molecules change shape, turning them into a difference and toxic category of fats called “trans-fats.” When cells are built from trans-fatsthey become brittle and weak. If the cells throughout your body are made with these types of fats, you have a serious problem. The health of our bodies is boiled down to the health of our 75 trillion cells. If the majority of these cells are weak, then our bodies are going to be weak and diseased.

Put healthful oils into your diet like high-quality olive oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and organic butter or ghee.

MilkMilk products have a reputation of being highly nutritious and necessary in everybody’s diet. And yet the nations with the highest milk consumption also have the highest rates of osteoporosis, breast cancer, allergies and diabetes. In fact, 70% of the world’s population does not even drink milk or consume other dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

One of the largest problems with milk is the pasteurization process: it alters the milk proteins. It actually changes the molecular structure so that the body cannot process and receive the protein in the milk. And not only that, it renders the proteins actually toxic to the body!

And the calcium in milk? Forget about it. Milk robs calcium from bones. The protein in cow milk metabolizes to strong acids which can be harmful to the body. So, what does the body do? It uses calcium (from the bones) to neutralize those acids.

Cow’s milk is most certainly NOT ‘nature’s most perfect food’ as the milk and dairy administration would have you to believe. Instead, why not try making your own nut milks which are easy-to-make fresh, and loaded with nutrients.

Our foods are more ‘make-believe’ then ever. The further away you get from how nature created our ‘perfect whole foods’ the more likely you are to develop instances of sickness and disease. Aim for a whole-food diet, remove these 4 “foods” from your diet and enjoy vibrant health!

Never Be Sick Again

Erin Schumacher is a Certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner (CNHP; CHNP) She specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Erin is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. She currently lives in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. For more information,

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62 Responses to "The Top 4 Foods To Avoid If You Want To Be Healthy"

  1. sustainbio  February 8, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    There is a very misleading statement in this article.

    “And the calcium in milk? Forget about it. Milk robs calcium from bones. The protein in cow milk metabolizes to strong acids which can be harmful to the body. So, what does the body do? It uses calcium (from the bones) to neutralize those acids.”

    While the breakdown of Methionine from milk is protein that can turn the blood slightly acidic, the available calcium within the milk is sufficient to neutralize this acid almost immediately, leading to little to no calcium loss of bones in a human. Not to mention that blood is naturally slightly basic, due to high ion concentrations of Fe and other metals/metalloids in the system, these atoms are also used in the neutralization of Methionine.

    Suggesting that milk depletes the bones of calcium is a very misleading case to state in this article, I’m fairly disappointed in the publication of this, as studies are very mixed about this message being fact or fiction.

    • Claire  February 14, 2013 at 3:39 am

      I’m no biological scientist but if we were meant to be consuming milk we would be still on our mothers breast. Cows milk is for calves not humans. No other species on earth suffers from calcium deficiency because it doesn’t consume milk so why should people?

    • Mike  February 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Not misleading, so much as true. You should get your calcium from plant sources, see Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Cow’s milk is for cow’s.

    • rebecca  February 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Many people use the argument against drinking milk of “we are the only species on earth that drinks milk as adults” and that is crazy logic. We also are the only species that COOKS our meals… maybe we shouldn’t do that, either? We are humans, and at least most of us are way more advanced than any other species on earth.

      It is the humans (us!) that have deteriorated the quality of milk (via hormones, antibiotics, pasteurization, etc) — take grassfed raw milk from Jersey or Guernsey cows and you have HEALTH FOOD (except it was “normal food” many generations ago… now we have to call it a HEALTH FOOD).

      My brother, who is lactose intolerant, was unable to drink milk his whole life. Now that I introduced him to raw milk he is able to enjoy it without any side effects whatsoever. In its pure, unadulterated form, it is truly healthy.

      And one more thing about calcium… you need your vitamin D and your K2… then you will have strong bones and an abundance of calcium.

      Cheers to your health!

      p.s. there are truly those who have casein protein allergies that should not drink milk… and those whose metabolic type can do with or without it, and still thrive. I am in amazing health, but I can’t say it is all because of milk, or all because of the FCLO I take. I think it is just being well rounded in what I eat — a lot of good fats, real food and supplementing where I feel I am lacking. I do not eat sugar and I limit very strictly any type of wheat flour (processed or whole grain) in my diet. I try to avoid processed oils (stick with olive oil, coconut oil or real butter). The first 3 things on this list totally will help you regain your health if you avoid them…

    • Gifford  May 29, 2013 at 1:26 am

      I agree with Rebecca here. also maybe nuts are supposed to grow into trees not be eaten lol

    • Gary  July 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      @Rebecca, The risk of Listeria and Ecoli from raw cows milk is a very real danger, So if you make an active decision to not drink pasteurised stay on the safe side at least and find an alternative.

  2. Michael Finch  February 9, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Like sustainbio said, I am a bit disappointed that True Activist has published this article. Some of the statements and ‘facts’ in this article are misleading and based on limited scientific study. Please provide some scientific peer reviewed sources to back up your article.

    • weediepuffs  February 14, 2013 at 3:25 am

      You decided to follow they give you some intel its your job to read up and research learn the facts look them up. They give you info do research on it websites libraries if you dont give a fuck then why you bitchin

    • Fact police  February 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      “…they give you some intel its your job to read up and research learn the facts…”

      I believe it should always be the author’s responsibility to check the facts first. And BTW, Michael (and sustainbio) obviously did look things up. Healthy criticism is a good thing.

    • weediepuffs  February 17, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      @fact police
      I think its wise to limit informatiom but add enough to help people see what they vant by looking it up or reading up on the information they wanna know, it opens the mind instead of narrowing it by showing all facts are researched already. I think its everyones responibility to do so if thry wish to know.

  3. Damien Iizopen Frizzell  February 9, 2013 at 2:30 am

    you cant beleive anything , grrrr

  4. Stephanie Elizabeth Medina Ponce  February 9, 2013 at 3:17 am

    Good points, but instead of telling us all that we shouldn’t eat, you should post something about what do we can eat … What are we supposed to do if we can’t eat all that “crap”? There are worst products that are more harmful than milk, sugar, oil and flour.

  5. ali ebadi  February 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

    My granny lived in a village. She had a farm and produced almost everything she needed except sugar, which she had to buy it. She ate everything even a lot of cream and fat and oily foods until age of 90! But she never used media even she did not have a radio.
    There were not the words “depression” and “stress” in her mind and vocabulary! I think our education is poisonous than anything else. We need to get closer to nature than ever than listen to the media, that is the secret of happiness and health.

    • weediepuffs  February 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Your grandma seemed like a smart person.

      Awesome way of living

  6. Isa  February 9, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Watch “forks over knives” “dying to have known” on Netflix

  7. Howard Cossham  February 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    It recommends organic butter in the processed fats section, yet butter is made from milk.

  8. venoir88  February 10, 2013 at 12:13 am


    • weediepuffs  February 14, 2013 at 3:23 am

      Do your own god damn research find out your self knowledge is power! Library anything if you cant believe then read!

  9. Tom McLachlin  February 13, 2013 at 5:38 am

    So, the article has eliminated processed sugars, processed, carbohydrates, and processed fats along with dairy products. Not much left is there? This article is a perfect example of bad science.

    • weediepuffs  February 14, 2013 at 3:21 am

      Well judging by this guys pic he ckearly doesnt look the type to even know what a vegetable is probably thinks fruits junk food.

      How about you stop supporting unhealthy shitty foods and if you cant help it then dont speak.

      I dont trust your face. You look like a deciever Tom.

    • Erin Schumacher  February 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      ‘Not much left”??????

      How about what nature gives us? Fresh and whole foods!! Fruits, vegetables, superfoods like Chlorella, spirulina, cacao and maca….

      And whole unchanged grains like quinoa and amaranth.

      oh there is plenty left there – what is left is what is actually health promoting! :)

  10. Mel  February 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Smh.. Of course there’s very limited scientific evidence to back up these claims, money rules all and the sugar, dairy, and processed foods industries are rolling in cash. If they don’t want you to know these foods are bad for you (because it will drive down sales) then you won’t. And Tom, have you ever heard of vegetables??? You’re right tho, it is an example of biased science that hides the truth from the public.

    • Non-imbecile.  February 14, 2013 at 2:20 am

      What the fuck? How did he come to these conclusions than without evidence lol idiot this post is an absolute joke bring the evidence!

    • Non-imbecile.  February 14, 2013 at 2:21 am


  11. weediepuffs  February 14, 2013 at 3:16 am


    thought true activist thought thutoughly and read everything and did there own research.

    • mudslicker  February 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      So what are we supposed to do again? Read? CAPS lock is lazy.

    • Allergic 2 BS  February 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm


    • weediepuffs  February 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      First off I was just showing my frustraion to how annoying people are when they ask questions on facts thrown in front of them when they clearly give you the tools to easily search for the products.

      I do not use caps to to prove my points I use them in a yelling manner.

  12. Linda Dartt  February 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    She is “certified” by what entity?

  13. P. C. Sanders  February 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    BULL……………..another daffy survey/advise —– eat everything in moderation and there’s little problem, especially processed foods, frozen meals and fast foods.

    • Erin Schumacher  February 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      And the fact that around 1900, there was about 5% cancer reported in the US.

      In 2000 – 50% of all men and 40% of all women in the western world are diagnosed with cancer.

      I will most certainly DISAGREE that everything in moderation creates little problem. ESPECIALLY processed foods, frozen meals and fast foods. They are not ‘food’. Our bodies do not recognize their chemicals – and we are bombarded on a daily basis of a toxic , chemical soup.

      No wonder more and more people are obese, have heart disease and experience cancer in some form or another….and all of this pretty much since the industrial revolution!

  14. Allergic 2 BS  February 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Dang, weediepuffs–you are a complete jackass…


    YOU’RE the perfect example.

    • weediepuffs  February 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Allergic shut that noise hole. My grammar is fine, you are just a douche that points out the smallest things and turns them into the biggest things.

      Your a perfect example of media controled exaggerating and pointing out bullshit.

      My message wasnt put in caps lock to show my points it was in a frustrated yelling manner.

      Caps can be used in multiple ways.

  15. Triplen  February 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

    The truth is, there is no absolute truth. We find out new shit every day. There are biased studies that say processed foods aren’t bad in moderation, which are funded by the people making processed foods. This doesn’t mean that holistic medicine is 100 percent right, but considering the fact that modern medicine has zero knowledge of nutrition, id trust a holistic doctor in matters relating to disease.

  16. Adelinerose  February 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    check out for Dr. Vivian Goldschmidt’s personal experience. I am reposting “Eli Abadi ‘My granny lived in a village. She had a farm and produced almost everything she needed except sugar, which she had to buy it. She ate everything even a lot of cream and fat and oily foods until age of 90! But she never used media even she did not have a radio.
    There were not the words “depression” and “stress” in her mind and vocabulary! I think our education is poisonous than anything else. We need to get closer to nature than ever than listen to the media, that is the secret of happiness and health.'” I absolutely agree….I never heard of depression or stress when I was young….or that terrible word “f#@%” it is just not necessary.

  17. Anjanette  February 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I do not drink cows milk, but almond milk. Does that milk also rob me of nutrients or is it safe?

    • sustainbio  February 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Almond Milk is not actually a dairy product. It is an emulsion of the oils found in almonds mixed with water, some stabilizing agents (nothing bad), and then fortified with some vitamins and calcium. It is not a great substitute for milk however, due to its relatively low protein content and lack of fat solids. Be cautious of the sugar content though, some Almond Milk brands load up the “milk” with sweeteners and artificial flavorings to hide the not-so-nice taste of almond oil. Those artificial ingredients (generally flavorings/colors) are what you should be concerned with, the product of almond oil and water, is really ok for you…nothing more than a small supply of good fats.

  18. Janne Kallio  July 15, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    People have been drinking raw milk for really long time with no problems. With modern equipment you get the raw milk cold and to a clean container fast and there really should not be any risk. Drinking and making food with it you notice the difference. The taste is great!

  19. Matthew Chamberlain  July 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I eat plenty of butter, milk and bread some white some brown. I exercise and keep fit. The thing is we have more than enough nutrients in our diet to allow quite a lot of ”bad” foods. Exercise is the medium which controls most bodily functions for example mechanical stress increases the density of the bones and staves of osteoporosis. It also regulates the insulin response amongst other things and has many more benefits. Correct diet is just one of many things which regulate good health leading to a long life.

    We must also remember that chance plays as much a part in it as the other components. How would you tell a guy who eats all the super foods never drinks or smokes does not take drugs and avoids stimulants such as taurine and caffeine, always gets the correct amount of sleep and exercises moderately every single day and yet still gets cancer?


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