Organic whole foods are excellent, but processed organic foods are not.
When you look at the ingredients labels for many of these organic, "healthy" meal replacement bars, crackers, snacks, etc... then you see that they really aren't that much different from other processed foods.
Sure, they might contain Organic Cane Sugar instead of regular sugar... but organic sugar is just as bad as regular sugar. Your liver won't tell the difference.
So... eat whole, single ingredient foods (organic if you can afford it) but avoid organic processed foods.
BOTTOM LINE:Even though organic whole foods are healthy, a lot of organic but processed foods are made with unhealthy ingredients like sugar.
Trail mixes usually contain dried fruit, nuts or peanuts, sometimes along with some chocolate and grains.
This is a very energy dense snack. The dried fruit has a lot of concentrated sugar and the nuts are loaded with fat in a dense package.
For this reason, it is excellent when you need a lot of energy... such as when you're hiking.
However, most people today are NOT suffering from a lack of energy.
Trail mixes are high-carb AND high-fat at the same time, which is a terrible combination if you are trying to lose weight.
That being said, trail mixes are fine if you don't consume too much at a time.
BOTTOM LINE:Trail mixes are very energy dense and are an excellent snack for people who need energy. However, they are high in both carbs and fat at the same time, which is a bad combination if weight loss is your goal.
Gluten-free is very popular these days.
According to one 2013 survey, a third of Americans are actively trying to reduce the amount of gluten in their diets.
The food manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon and brought all sorts of gluten-free replacement products to the markets.
The problem is that they are usually just as bad as their gluten-containing counterparts.
These foods are usually made with highly refined carbohydrates, sugar and various chemicals.
If you're going to eliminate gluten, then choose foods that are naturally gluten-free (like plants and animals)... NOT processed gluten-free foods.
Junk food with "gluten-free" on the label is still junk food.