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Affluent Investor | July 27, 2017

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Are You Wasting Money on “Healthy Food”?

(Photo by Kenny Vaughan) (CC BY) (Resized/Cropped)

(Photo by Kenny Vaughan) (CC BY) (Resized/Cropped)

I found an interesting article from Yahoo.com that gave strong evidence that we may be wasting lots of money buying five specific foods and beverages we think are healthy for us.  For example, diet sodas.

Certified Nutritionist Beth Warren says, “People think they are doing their health a favor by not drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and choosing diet drinks. Artificial sweeteners have been proven time and time again that, in the long run, they are not doing your waistline or health a favor (by consuming them).”

A study of 24,000 Americans found that overweight and obese adults were more likely to drink diet soda than people at a healthy weight. While that might not be surprising — if you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll probably switch to diet drinks — the diet drinkers also consumed significantly more calories from food compared to people who chose sugary beverages. And overweight and obese people consumed roughly the same number of calories no matter their choice of beverage, according to the results, which were published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Also, a recent University of Texas study followed 750 older adults for about 10 years. During that period, daily diet drinkers added more than 3 inches to their waist circumference, compared to less than 1 inch for non-diet drinkers.

It’s a good article that encouraged me to be sure what I think is healthy food is really a good investment.

The Bible teaches us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and that we are to be good stewards of all our resources. I have found that drinking water only in 2015 has saved me lots of money and kept me healthier.

 

 

Originally posted on Crown.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

 

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