8 Foods To Avoid (At All Costs)
With so much research and misleading advertising dedicated to food, its hard to make clear choices about what to eat and what to avoid. Specific foods however, are a definite no-go as not only do they provide little to no health benefits, they are also detrimental to your well-being. We begin the countdown with public enemy number 1:
#1 Artificial Sweeteners
These are found in foods and beverages marked as ‘diet’ or ‘sugar-free’, such as soft drinks, candy, fruit juice, ice cream and yogurt. Artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame (Equal) and sucralose (Splenda) have been known to cause memory loss, irritable bowel syndrome, seizures and endocrine disruption, dizziness, skin irritation… The list is virtually endless. As if thats not enough, it also makes you gain unwanted weight! Instead, use natural sweeteners such as organic honey or agave.
#2 Refined Flours/ ‘Enriched’ Breads
This includes wheat products made with refined flours. If you’re buying bread in the store, check to make sure whole wheat is the first ingredient —otherwise, you’re just getting a few grains mixed into regular white bread. The more refined food someone eats, the more insulin is needed to manage it. This results in storage of fat, heart disease and hypoglycemia. If you simply must have carbs, switch to quinoa, steel cut oats or whole grain.
#3 Canned Food
I’m sure most of us a have a couple cans of canned meat in our pantry, such as roast, beef, fish or beans. Although these are a convenient way to prepare dinner in a flash, toss them out — they’ve been linked to cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. These little tins are packed with cornstarch, corn syrup, extra sodium, grease, fat and sugar.
#4 Frozen Meals/TV Dinners
These are inexpensive and undoubtedly delicious, but loaded with tons of sodium, sugar, additives and fat. Federal law regulates what frozen meals can be legally labeled “healthy.” This means that for every 100 grams a product must contain less than 3 grams of fat and the sodium content must be less than 600 milligrams. Also, some containers contain BPA (phthalates), a plasticizer linked to genital deformities and health problems.
#5 Cured/Smoked Meat Products
Cured and smoked meats should be bought – if you’re preparing for a famine! Chemicals used to cure meats increases your risk for cancer, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease. If consumed in excessive amounts, it might even lead to stroke and heart failure! Many varieties of these meats contain sodium nitrates, which impacts the way your body produces blood sugar – elevating the risk of diabetes.
#6 Conventional Energy Bars
You’re grocery shopping after the gym and dying for a quick post-workout snack. At the checkout, you decide to grab an energy bar because they’re healthier than chocolate or a pastry, right? Wrong! Energy bars usually have excessive calories, fat and sugar. They’re also more expensive than a candy bar. If you need a pick me up, grab some fruit or a small handful of nuts, its cheaper and more satiating.
#7 Energy Drinks
Sure, it might seem as though these drinks give you energy, but that’s just the insanely large amount of sugar talking. Sugar enters the bloodstream rapidly, resulting in a spike in blood sugar. When you that wears off, you will feel more tired than before. The FDA has received numerous reports linking energy drinks to heart attacks, convulsion, and even death.
#8 ‘Diet’ Products
Words to look out for are typically: ‘Diet’, ‘Enriched’, ‘Reduced Fat’, ‘Sugar-Free’, ‘Low Calorie’… If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Most ‘diet’ products have chemical flavoring agents added to compensate the absence of natural components that have been removed for it to be of a lower caloric content. Stick to good, whole foods and practice portion control for a trimmer waist line.
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