These days, it can be difficult to know what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat. And the sad part is that most of us don’t even realize how hard it is! That’s because we are being bombarded with media messages and advertisements that are deceptive and confusing. We see “no added sugar” or “low fat” on a label and we think that equates to “healthy,” but in many cases, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Following is a list of what not to eat to help clear up some misconceptions.
Trans fats are quite possibly the worst food you can ever eat. They raise bad cholesterol levels and lower good cholesterol levels. They also cause inflammation in the body. What foods have trans fats in them? Store-bought frosting, margarine, fast food, and many pastries and microwave popcorn.
One can of soda has almost double the amount of sugar a person should have in an entire day. Diet soda is even worse because it actually increases your chances of developing metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners may have no calories but that doesn’t mean they are a better option than sugar. In fact, the whole calorie issue doesn’t even matter because artificial sweeteners have actually been proven to cause weight gain. In addition, they have been linked to health issues such as headaches, hypertension and even cancer. Steer away from diet foods that claim to be “sugar-free” or “low calorie.” In most cases, it just means artificial sweeteners have been used instead.
Hydrogenated oils are highly processed to the point where they no longer resemble food but instead are closer to toxic chemicals that are similar to plastic. These oils increase blood pressure rates by increasing the viscosity of your blood and therefore making your heart work harder. Look at the ingredients on foods that claim to be “low fat” because they most likely contain hydrogenated oils.
The World Cancer Research Fund has officially linked sodium nitrates to cancer. They are contained in processed meats like lunchmeat, bacon, hot dogs and sausage.
Refined carbohydrates include foods made with white flour, like white bread, pastries, baked goods, bagels and donuts. Refined flour has been processed so much that most of its nutrients are removed and it is also treated with toxic chemicals that make it look white and fluffy.
While salmon and other fish like tilapia has nutritional benefits, when it is farmed, it those benefits are replaced with health risks because it has been shown to contain toxic contaminants like banned pesticides/carcinogens at levels that raise health concerns according to the Environmental Working Group.