Living healthy may just have gotten a lot harder if you are one of the tens of millions of people who use everyday items like bug sprays or scented candles and eat low-fat or fat-free salad dressing.
Despite our best efforts, the CDC has reported repeatedly over the last several years that Americans are in fact getting fatter.
In one study of more than 4,500 adults from the Center for Disease Control, 33-percent of American adults are overweight and 38-percent of U.S. adults are obese. We try so hard to eat healthy, exercise, drink more water, get sufficient sleep, and reduce our stress levels, so why is this happening?
One reason may be alarming.
It turns out many of the things we use on a daily basis to live a healthier lifestyle, aren’t helping us at all. In fact, some foods and household items we have been told to believe are healthy are actually sabotaging us.
Here are some examples:
“Trix are for kids” is a catchy tagline that has been around forever to market specifically to kids. The problem is, Trix and other cereals targeted for little ones have up to 40-percent more sugar per serving than adult cereals.
For years you’ve been taught that frozen yogurt is better for you than ice cream, but you’ve been taught wrong. Frozen yogurt has more sugar than ice cream and typically less fat, which means that your body is digesting the sugar faster which causes an unhealthy spike in blood sugar.
This is a common item found everywhere: homes, schools, hospitals, offices, etc. but the FDA says antibacterial soap may do more harm than good. The Food and Drug Administration even went so far as to issue a ban on the sale of soaps and hand washes made with triclosan, the main antibacterial chemical. The agency claims triclosan can disrupt normal hormone function in children and foster the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
So you are starting your new healthy lifestyle and you’re making changes. What’s one of the first things you do? You trade those regular, greasy potato chips for the baked kind instead. Yes, they have less fat and calories than your old standby chips, but one look at the ingredients shows they are filled with unhealthy additives like corn starch, sugar, and soy lecithin (just to name a few). To add to it, many people who love to snack, the idea that they are eating “healthy” foods causes them to overeat.
You see the information on the news about the Zika virus, West Nile, and encephalitis, and rush to the store to arm your family from those dangerous mosquitos with bug spray. Here’s the problem: The EPA listed DEET, the main ingredient in many bug repellent sprays and lotions, as slightly toxic based on occasional, short-term use. For those active adults who enjoy the outdoors or for families with active children and are outside more often the risk increases.