won’t change your life.
“No one food can cure all of your ailments, and the claims that celery juice can cure cancer and other serious medical conditions on its own has not been proven by any scientific studies,” Alyssa Pike, registered dietitian and manager of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation, tells HuffPost in a recent article. “Celery contains vitamin K, flavonoids and polyphenols, but so do other vegetables.”
In summary, if you like celery juice’s flavor, by all means, drink it. But make sure you add other miracle veggies to your diet to receive an actual health boost.
This natural sweetener from the agave plant has been touted as healthy, even though it has not been scientifically proven that it offers any health benefits. It does, however, have a lower impact on blood sugar, than granulated and refined sugars, but that’s it.” Foundation tells HuffPost.
Kris Sollid, registered dietitian and senior director of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council explained to the Huffington Post that agave’s lower ranking on the glycemic index (compared with other common forms of sugar) is due to its higher fructose content, which also makes it sweeter.
“This may sound like a good thing, but when eaten in excess fructose can cause issues for the liver, where fructose is metabolized,” Sollid says. “When it comes down to it, agave syrup consumption should be limited in our diets just like other types of sugars.”
5. Coconut oil
Like agave, coconut oil has been added to the holy grail of health foods that should be consumed in moderation. While it’s not “pure poison,” as it was recently deemed by a Harvard professor, it shouldn’t be eaten in excess.
“Every oil has some combination of saturated and unsaturated fats, but coconut oil is almost entirely composed of saturated fats,” Alyssa Pike, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition communications at the International Food Information Council says. Pike adds that current nutrition recommendations advise consumers to replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats whenever possible.
“Coconut oil has had somewhat of a cult following in recent years, but it’s not the healthiest option out there,” Pike notes. “Use it sparingly if you like the taste, but it’s not a cure-all.”
We hope this helps clarify things for you while on your journey to a healthier self!
Jasmine Browley holds an MA in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, and has contributed to Ebony, Jet and MADE Magazine among others. So, clearly, she knows some stuff. Follow her digital journey @JasmineBrowley.