The 'Healthy' Choices that Are Costing You

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Soy Milk
Robin Barrie Kaiden, a New York-based dietitian, says many of her clients are now opting for soy milk instead of the old fashioned kind because they think it’s better for ... more 
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Soy Milk
Robin Barrie Kaiden, a New York-based dietitian, says many of her clients are now opting for soy milk instead of the old fashioned kind because they think it’s better for them. “But half the time it’s flavored, and it has added sugar,” she warns. Kaiden also notes that soy milk has become very controversial because non-organic types are genetically modified and it acts like an estrogen-like compound in the body, the effect of which remains unclear. One thing is certain: It’s much more expensive. A price check on FreshDirect.com shows that half a gallon of soy milk costs $3.99 to $4.29, compared to $2.39 to $2.49 for half a gallon of regular fat-free and reduced-fat milk. In a year, you’ll spend about $90 more for potentially harmful milk with more sugar. less 
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Tue, Dec 20, 2011 5:34 PM EST
By Jenna Goudreau



"We're easily sold by the gimmicks of marketing and celebrity endorsements," says Tony Nakhla, a Los Angeles-based dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. And when we think something's good for us, we're ready and willing to pay the up-charge. Yet, everyday Nakhla sees patients spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month on products and treatments that don't live up to the claims.

In the current cult of health, anything that's easy and purported to help us lose weight, stay fit, feel better or look younger goes in the shopping bag. Yet often these "healthy" choices are not so healthy after all and cost much more than the alternatives. Medical experts weigh in on what not to buy for your health and wellbeing.



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