There are thousands of articles you can find online that tells you what you need to eat to be healthy. But have you thought about what foods you should never eat? Some foods may obviously be unhealthy for you and it is easy to avoid eating them but there are actually some you thought were healthy but really aren’t.
Today’s generation has become so health conscious because of the number of diseases that have developed over the years. A steady rise in the number of people who actually get sick is an indication that there must be something we all have been doing wrong with regards to our eating habits.
Don’t be fooled by false advertising. A lot of foods are marketed and sold as “healthy”, “fat-free” or “sugar-free” to get into the health craze bandwagon. Manufacturing companies saw the business potential of cashing in on the health consciousness trend and quickly developed products which most of the time contain harmful and dangerous levels of toxic substances.
How do you protect yourself from this when you are exposed to so much information from all sources and from so called experts telling you what’s good for you or what you need to be eating or drinking and taking more of? This article is no exception. You can read what you read in this article and probably agree or disagree but ultimately, you would have to decide for yourself.
So what foods should you actually never eat? Basically, it all comes down to being diligent enough to know the kind of foods you choose to take in. Are they highly processed? What chemicals are in it? Is it natural? Does it contain GMOs? Is it good for my body?
If you take note of all these questions everytime you go shopping for food, eating at your favorite restaurant or eating at a fast food joint you would have taken a step towards a conscious and healthy lifestyle. Love your body enough to really take care of it. Love yourself enough to make the effort.
Here are some foods you should never eat. Some of them might be surprising so it could be a worthwhile read.
1. Microwave popcorn
Popcorn seems to be an easy choice for people trying to cut down on calories and at the same time trying to satisfy their hunger while on a diet. It’s light and filling and somehow just takes away the guilt from late night TV food binges. Reaching for that microwaveable popcorn is just so convenient.
A cup contains just about 30 calories so it must be great, right? Wrong! Microwave popcorn contains a lot of artificial flavors, color and chemical preservatives and add to that, the bag it comes in is coated with perfluorooctanoic acid, a toxic substance that wreaks havoc on your system.
If there’s anything that should make you feel guilty, it’s eating a bag of microwave popcorn. Make your own popcorn instead of choosing to pop it in the microwave.
2. Canned or boxed fruit juices
Fruit is healthy so drinking fruit juice must be good, right? That’s right but only if you drink it fresh. When fruit juice is processed for commercial purposes, it becomes laden with added sugar – the worst ingredient you can ever include in your diet.
You might even be surprised how much less fruit it actually contains apart from artificial flavors and chemical additives. It could actually just be fruit-flavored sugar water.
3. Artificial sweeteners
It has been discovered that too much sugar is actually bad for you and cutting down on your sugar intake is advisable. This is just about the time when artificial sweeteners were developed to address the lack of “sweet fix” most people could experience from cutting down on sugar.
Artificial sweeteners are advertised to contain zero calories so people assume that it must be a good alternative to sugar. Truth is, regular use of artificial sweeteners could alter our palates ultimately preventing us from associating sweetness with caloric intake and end up craving even more sweets. Actually, the word “artificial” in itself tells you that it isn’t meant to be taken in by the body.
4. Soda pop
Do you know of anyone who actually drinks more soda pop each day than they do water? A Gallup poll involving more than 1,000 Americans revealed that about 48% drink soda everyday. The average daily intake of those who did was about 2.6 glasses a day.
That’s a lot of soda considering that it could actually be liquid poison. There isn’t anything natural about it as it has been developed in a lab and sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. It gives you the calories with absolutely no nutritional value. We could go on and on about this but you get the drift.
5. Energy bars
Energy bars have become popular sources of fuel for athletes and health buffs alike. They were formulated for use by astronauts in the 1960’s to provide energy and nutrition while they were doing their jobs in space and were actually known as “space food sticks”.
If you are thinking of having your dose of energy bars, make sure the one you choose does not contain any of the following:
- Soy protein isolate or soy lecithin
- High fructose corn syrup and sucralose
- Sugar alcohols such as erythritol, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, lactitol, isomalt or maltitol
- Soluble corn fiber
If any of these are present in the energy bar you choose, junk it.
6. Processed meat
Curing, salting, drying, smoking or canning meat is how meat is processed to enhance flavor and improve preservation. Popular processed meats include hot dogs, salami, bacon, corned beef, jerkies and canned meat.
A number of diseases have been linked to regular consumption of processed meats and a recent review from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated a 9% higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Apart from cancer, high blood pressure has also been determined as a possible health risk with regular consumption of processed meats. A study involving 44,000 women conducted in 2014 found a link between consumption of processed meat and hypertension.
7. Canned soups
If you are one of those people that stock up on canned soups then you are opening yourself up to toxic chemical exposure. Throw them all out now. It is not only nutritionless because of the high temperatures and pressures it undergoes when it is processed but it also contains bisphenol A or BPA.
BPA lines the can’s walls and is a by-product of the chemicals used to prevent the corrosion of the can. These chemicals are responsible for hormone disruptions and causes diseases such as type 2 diabetes, ADHD, obesity, etc.
Over the years, the food industry has worked hard to provide consumers with delicious, easy, and convenient food choices for busy men and women who hardly have enough time to prepare meals. Health issues brought about by eating patterns have also been a major factor in the way the food industry has evolved.
Our health should always be our top priority and unless we decide to take control of it and focus on getting healthier by making wise food choices, we cannot avoid the consequences of being negligent and complacent.
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