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Even when you try to eat healthy, you sometimes end up with things that aren’t actually as good for you as you might believe.

Between questionable labeling, varying reports over what’s good for you and what’s bad, getting a little help along the way is something just about everyone needs.

David Foreman, a retired pharmacist and author and radio host of “The Herbal Pharmacist,” says the devil is in the details when it comes to good nutrition.

“New research is constantly emerging about what we consume and whether or not it’s healthy for us,” Foreman said as he deconstructs a basic grocery list to suggest replacements for foods many people probably think are good for them.
Foreman said replacing the following items on a regular shopping list could make a significant difference in one’s health: beef; flatbreads and wraps; cranberry, orange and grape juices and soy milk.

Foerman said a recent study from the Cleveland Clinic revealed that some beef may carry TMAO, a hidden chemical that seeps into the blood stream and increases the risk of heart attack. He recommends eating red meat no more than a couple of times a week and to take a supplement called Sytrinol to reduce LDL, the bad kind of cholesterol.

Flatbreads and wraps contain potassium bromated – or brominated flour – which may be lined to kidney and nervous system disorders. Foreman recommended lettuce leaves for wraps because they are easy to use and have a lot less calories than bread.

Be careful when buying orange, cranberry and grape juices. While they can be a great source of vitamin C, antioxidants and resveratrol, many brands contain a lot of sugars and chemicals used to preserve the juices and maintain their color. Fresh or dried fruit are better substitutes.

And many people buy soy milk as a substitute for regular milk, especially for those who are lactose intolerant, but Foreman said excessive consumption of soy milk has been linked to an increased production of estrogen, which leads to other health risks, and some soybeans have been found to contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which have recently been in the news for causing a rash of health problems.

One possible alternative is almond milk, but buyers should check labels and avoid almond milk that contains carrageenan, a compound that has been linked to digestive tract problems.

“It’s always a good idea to take a step back and reevaluate your routine menus and make updates to it as new evidence emerges on what’s considered healthy,” Foreman said.

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