Monkey “Healthy Foods” That Aren’t Healthy

Granola bars

Many of these products are glorified candy bars, loaded with sugar, chemicals, and fat. Some claim to be healthy, but tip the scales at over 200-250 calories per bar, let alone the fact that you are not getting much nutrition from them. We find that you get the best nutrition from real food. For 250 calories you could eat a small chef salad.

“Heart healthy” cereals

We are pretty tired of seeing the heart healthy label on foods that are loaded with sugar, devoid of nutrients, and loaded with chemicals! Choose your cereals wisely. Look for a cereal that contains less than 5 grams of sugar per serving and at least 4-5 grams of fiber per serving.


Studies have shown that oats helps lower cholesterol in some individuals. However, pre-packaged oatmeal packets that you nuke in the microwave typically are loaded with sugar, preservatives, and added calories. Read the labels and you’ll see what we mean. A much better option is to make your own oatmeal from scratch. We love steel cut or Irish oatmeal. It has a great nutty taste and has 4 grams of fiber per serving. In the Hauser Diet book we talk about a number of ways to dress up your oatmeal.

Naturally Low-Fat Foods vs. Engineered Low Fat Foods

Although the Monkey Diet stresses complex carbs and limiting fat intake, we do not want patients to get stuck in a fat free craze. We want you to purchase and eat foods that are naturally low in fat, not items that are processed to end up fat free. Remember, this is a diet that is low in fat-not fat free!

You would be hard pressed to find a food out there that doesn’t come in a low fat or fat free variety! Of course, we are talking about fat based foods. This is how the food industry makes its money. It feeds on what the media presents to us as health dangers. Fat free/low fat dressings, peanut butter, mayonnaise, and snack foods are so common that most people just assume it’s the right way to go. But they’re wrong!

First of all, if you eat right for your Monkey Type, you should be able to eat the original variety of all the foods you choose because you will be eating foods that your body needs.

Another reason why these foods aren’t the best choice is due to the additives and food chemicals. You can bet that when they take something out, i.e. fat, they will have added something else in! If you ever look at a jar of peanut butter verses reduced fat peanut butter, you will notice that they have the same amount of calories. They have taken some fat out, but they have added sugar, along with other ingredients!

Lastly, if you follow one of our main focuses, eating natural, you won’t have the option of low fat and fat free. Natural foods are in the state they should be eaten, not altered. This is the best way to go for your health!

Always remember If you eat great, chances are you’ll feel great!

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