“What happens in your gut plays a significant role in determining the health of your whole body.” - Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM
With your smarts and good intentions to live a healthy lifestyle are you aware of the health halo effect? Studies have proven that the health halo effect leads people to overestimate the overall healthfulness of a food based on one narrow attribute, such as focusing in on probiotics in yogurt.
If your goal is to eat well, be healthy and feel great, then choosing to eat artificially sweetened yogurt with added goopy fruit, without first taking a good hard look at the nutrition information label and ingredient list, is going to get you way off track. Once you read that label and understand what it really is telling you, you might be more inclined to make a better choice.
Why not spend your hard earned money on food that supports you in keeping your body healthy? And consider investing time in reading books that inform and raise your awareness.
If you’re serious about having healthy gut flora, (and one way is to make sure you’re getting enough probiotics), be sure to read "The Probiotic Promise" by Michelle Schoffro Cook. In her latest book, Dr. Cook describes her fascinating discoveries based on her years of compiling, evaluating and applying cutting-edge research on gut health.
Dr. Cook enhances the reader’s experience through sharing the positive results of treating her patients for a variety of health disorders. These disorders were not just limited to the intestines, i.e., irritable bowel syndrome; they also included chronic fatigue, cancer, allergies, skin disorders and depression.
The book has many practical recommendations, such as how to select and use probiotic supplements, and ways to incorporate more fermented foods into your diet. She also includes easy, delicious, probiotic-rich recipes for making your own fermented foods such as yogurt, nut cheeses, beverages, desserts and vegetables.
What caught my attention is her calling out five name brand yogurts that have more sugar than Krispy Kreme doughnuts. All of these popular brands are marketed and labeled with a variety of health halos such as probiotics, added fruits, nonfat and organic.
Marty and I are extra cautious and avoid all those hovering health halos floating around in the grocery store. They can even be found in plain sight on the shelves of our local "health food" store. We've banished those health halos from our refrigerator and cupboards to the hell of bad health where they belong.
If you want to be healthful it’s worth taking a conscious approach to evaluating what passes your lips and gets into your digestive tract. Only you can be the gatekeeper to your stomach. So why not use that discretionary power to your best advantage and choose to optimize your health?