Although doctors and nutritionists constantly warn us about the dangers of some foods we consume daily, we fail to follow their advice and continue endangering our wellbeing. However, if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, free of diseases, you need to make certain changes in your diet. For that purpose, let’s take a look at the 10 most harmful foods that you need to exclude from your nutrition:
Flour damages the body same as sugar does by making your insulin levels go up and down. Although wheat is nutritious on its own, when processed, most of its value is lost as its fibers and nutrients are eliminated. The end product has no nutritional value whatsoever.
Sugar is number 1 enemy of a healthy nutrition. Hence, it’s the main cause for obesity and problems with the liver, digestive system, pancreas, and the nervous system. Therefore, avoid artificial sugar as much as possible. Consume sugar only through fruits and honey.
As we age, the body is unable to digest lactose as previously, which often leads to food intolerance, inflammation, bloating, acid reflux, etc. So, lower your milk intake or avoid it completely. If you cannot or if you don’t want to give up milk completely, consume its substitutes like coconut, rice, almond, and cashew milk, which are easily digested and very delicious.
Although they’re very popular, their nutritional value is, believe it or not, 0. They contain only white flour and sugar, oil, and trans fats. When combined, these substances can cause diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and even death if they’re consumed regularly.
- Fast food
The leading cause of obesity in the USA, but elsewhere as well. So, forget about fast food-a combination of processed meat, sodium, and saturated fats.
- Soda drinks
As is the case with donuts, the nutritional value of soda drinks is also 0. Unfortunately, they’re filled with corn syrup, sugar, artificial colors, aspartame, and different types of chemicals that can lead to numerous health problems.
- Processed meats
During the processing, meat is filled with sodium and nitrates that are associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. When digested, nitrates become nitrites which create nitrosamine- a cancer-causing chemical.
- Potato chips
Dale Hattis, leading researcher at Clark University in Massachusetts, has discovered that acrylamide, a carcinogenic substance created during food processing at high temperatures, is the main culprit for the rising number of cancer patients in the USA. Moreover, potato chips contain a lot of salt and fat, and, when a person consumes them regularly, they’re at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke due to the high content of cholesterol and the hypertension they cause.
- Canned soups
These types of soups are filled with sodium and salt. What’s more, each can, in average, contains 890 mg of sodium, which is much more than the recommended daily intake. And, excessive sodium in the body causes water retention which leads to increased blood pressure and heart attack.
This processed fat is filled with trans-fats that the body is unable to process properly. Therefore, the blood vessels get damaged and the level of cholesterol in the body increases.