The number of trends in health food products making healthy living claims would astound you. Many of us have in fact been taken in by the claims of health enhancement and well-being to the tune of a billion plus dollar industry annually. Healthy trends like vitamin-enhanced water, calcium-fortified soy milk and even omega-3, enriched eggs peaked a tremendous amount of interest in the health conscious and fitness aficionados but to little avail. Scientifically, these products boasted about health improvement qualities and wellness only to be found in clinical testings to fall dramatically sort of their health benefit claims.
Calcium-fortified soy milk and enriched wheat flour sounds completely healthy even if only due the mention of calcium and wheat. The truth of these products are that both the calcium-fortified soy milk and enriched wheat flour are far from healthy. The lack in health enhanced as suggest by manufacturers as the added ingredient of calcium did not further enhanced the product, according to studies. Soy milk goes with out saying as one of the most predominate sources of proteins. Calcium added to soy milk may not be as beneficial as claims suggest.
Soy milk is made from soybeans that are soaking then ground in with water.The water is then strained to created what is known as soy milk. While soy milk is a great source of protein it does have 6x less the calcium found in cow milk. Manufacturers sought to capitalize upon what appeared to be a niche in the soy milk market. However, soy milk experts question the safety of introducing 1200 mg/L to soy milk product. Levels of 1200 mg/L found in cow milk is safe for cow milk. According to soy milk experts, the evidence suggest that it may not safe or even effective once added to soy milk.
Fortified orange juice is another trend in health food products on the market in recent years that may not be as beneficial as first claimed. According to experts like Elizabeth Somer, R.D., author of numerous books about diet and nutrition, including 10 Habits that Mess Up a Woman’s Diet, this product can most likely cause more harm than good. Your favorite brand name orange juice may boast of the benefits of their added ingredients to promote heart-healthy plant sterols, bone-building calcium and vitamin D and antioxidants.
Do take these claims with an degree of skepticism. “If you’re looking at a food that’s normally nutritious, and it’s fortified with extra nutrients, chances are it’s a healthy choice,” says Somer. “But if the food is one that’s normally a ‘pleasure’ food-sodas or snack foods, for example-adding vitamins just makes it a junk food that’s masquerading as something healthy.”
Eggs fortified with omega-3s (DHA) sounds to good to be true. Eggs omega-3 fortified eggs come from chickens fed omega-3’s. The validity of the omega-3 eggs are substantiated as the presence of omega. Egg fortified Omega-3 offers great bonus’s. Therefore, wise may not ever be taken on their own. Thus, providing a great source of omega-3 which aids the improved function of the brain, diminish the risk of coronary heart disease, prevent cancer, boost health of unborn babies and ease arthritis pain. “These eggs are a good choice, especially if you’re not getting the omega-3 fat DHA from other foods such as fatty fish,” says Somer.