Health products are at the forefront of the American conscious. It seems that every day there’s a brand new health product on the market. What a lot of people don’t realize is that many of these so-called health products are actually hazardous to your health.
These are the top healthy products that you should stay clear of.
Dental Whitening Kits
The oral whitening kits you can buy over the counter seem like an easy way to get luminous white teeth. But they can actually destroy the enamel and damage the gum line. If you want to whiten your teeth you should have it done by a professional who can give you the best option based on your current oral health.
Your dental insurance policy likely won’t cover cosmetic treatments. That’s why people opt for the cheaper DIY option in the first place. Don’t fall into this trap because the damage caused could cost you big when it comes to your future full coverage dental insurance premiums.
Yogurt is considered to be one of the healthiest breakfast options. However, when you start buying fruit-based yogurts you could be taking in 12 to 15 grams of sugar with every serving. The fruit in the yogurt sends the sugar content way up. A better alternative is to purchase low-fat plain yogurt and add fruit to it yourself.
Diet sodas may contain less sugar, but to keep the taste manufacturers insert artificial sweeteners. Studies have shown that diet sodas increase the risk of type 2 diabetes beyond that of regular sodas. Diet soda is also more likely to increase your bodyweight, thus removing the main benefit of switching to diet sodas in the first place.
One of the reasons why dietary supplements should be avoided is because in general, they don’t work. They’re not going to help you lose weight and they’re not going to make you any healthier. Furthermore, the danger with dietary supplements is that they aren’t reviewed by the FDA in the same way as drugs. They’re treated as a food, so often consumers don’t know the full story.
You may be surprised to find granola on this list because so many consider it to be the holy grail of health foods. The problem is granola does have a lot of benefits because it’s high in fiber, for example. People automatically assume there are no drawbacks because of this.
Granola, however, contains high levels of sugar. Only now are nutritionists beginning to admit that they cannot recommend granola as a healthy food.
Coconut water is a popular beverage among regular gym goers because of its high levels of potassium. Just because coconut water is natural doesn’t mean that it’s healthy, though. Coconut water doesn’t contain enough protein for use after exercise and the sugar from the coconut means you’re taking in huge amounts of sugar with every sip.
That’s not to say it can’t be used, but it must be used in moderation.
Conclusion – Your Turn
These are some of the unhealthiest products around. The danger is that so many people believe they’re good for them. Which product did you not expect to find on this list?