Many popular foods are a recipe for diabetes and high cholesterol.
You may have eaten them for years but after you learn exactly what they are … and what they are doing to your body, you may never even think of eating or drinking them again!
Obviously you want to avoid like the plague any food known to cause chronic illness … and most weight watchers wouldn’t dream of touching a “Caribou Coffee Chocolate Caramel Truffle Mocha Cooler” … at a mere 1330 Calories a cup!
However, there are certain foods which most dietitians, nutritionalists and health care experts agree should not feature at all in the regular diet of any sensible, weight conscious person … except maybe as a rare treat on a special occasion.
So here they are … the Top 12 Foods You Should Never Eat … if you wish to “live long and prosper” …
1. Sugary Drinks
There is an excellent book (still in print) called “Pure, White and Deadly”, originally published in 1972 by British physiologist and nutritionist, John Yudkin. The book was a sensation at the time, because the author argued convincingly that added sugar was the worst ingredient in the modern diet.
The sugar industry was in uproar as you can imagine, and it must be said that some sources of sugar are worse than others.
However one fact is universally agreed … sugary drinks are particularly harmful.
Basically it’s because for some reason (poorly understood at present), our brains don’t appear to register liquid calories as food.Thus when you consume large quantities of sugary drinks you may end up massively increasing your total calorie intake.
If this becomes a habit, and the quantities remain high … serious damage can result as sugar can drive insulin resistance and is strongly implicated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. And of course, high sugar intake is notoriously associated with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Get in the habit of drinking lots of water instead.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Medicine recommends:
About 15.5 cups (3.7 litres) of fluids a day for men.
About 11.5 cups (2.7 litres) of fluids a day for women.
Develop a liking for black tea and coffee (virtually calorie free) … or on a hot day, soda water with a slice of lemon.
Totally delicious … but commercially produced Pizza is arguably the king of
Simply because commercial pizza’s are loaded with flavour enhancing unhealthy ingredients such as highly refined dough, salt, tons of cheese, tomato sauce and heavily processed meat.
Just check out the calories and other bad stuff in a large Dominos pepperoni pizza:
Calories (per slice) = 380
Fat (per slice) = 13g
Carbs (per slice) = 48g
(Source: My Fitness Pal .com)
Home made pizzas on the other hand can be very healthy … especially if made with carefully selected wholesome ingredients.
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3. White Bread
Not too bad if you only eat the occasional slice … but eaten in large quantities, commercial white breads are extremely unhealthy.
This is because they are mainly made from refined wheat, which is very low in fibre and essential nutrients
White bread is frequently associated with rapid spikes in blood sugar which causes hunger pangs resulting in overeating.
If you must eat bread regularly, go for whole grain.
Ezekiel bread (brown sprouted grain bread) is attracting much favourable attention at the moment from nutritionalists.
Give it a try … its delicious!
4. Fruit Juice
This may be a surprise to many as fruit juice is often assumed to be healthy.
Don’t get me wrong … there are good things in fruit juices such as antioxidants and vitamin C.
The problem is most fruit juices are loaded with sugar … many in fact having as much sugar as Coke and Pepsi.
Some do have certain health benefits (such as pomegranate and blueberry juices) but for a serious weight loss enthusiast … these should be considered as occasional supplements (a treat) and not a regular part of your diet.
5. Sweetened Breakfast Cereals
Especially popular with young children and frequently eaten with milk, breakfast cereals (generally processed cereal grains … wheat, oats, corn, rice etc) are extremely high in added sugar.
Some particularly reprehensible varieties are so sweet they could be compared with candy.
If fruit or some other totally natural breakfast meal isn’t to your families liking, try to choose breakfast cereals that are high in fibre and low in added sugar.
Or … why not make your own oak porridge from scratch?
6. Fried and Grilled Food
Frying and grilling are very unhealthy ways to cook food.
Although highly palatable … they are generally packed with calories and when food is cooked under extreme heat, many unhealthy compounds are released.
These include acrylamides, acrolein, heterocyclic amines, oxysterols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
Many of these chemicals are carcinogen (cancer causing) and have also been linked with heart disease.
7. Cookies, Cakes & Pastries
These would make most peoples list of top 10 bad foods as they are all notoriously full of refined sugar, refined wheat flour and added fats.
Often made with shortening (any fat that is a solid at room temperature and used to make crumbly pastry and other food products … but generally butter or margarine) cookies, cakes and pastries are almost always high in unhealthy trans fats.
They have almost no essential nutrients and contain copious calories, and many preservatives.
If you must have a dessert, try a “Triple Zero Vanilla Greek Yogurt”, fresh fruit or dark chocolate.
8. Low fat Yogurt
This may be the surprise entry on the list … as low fat yogurt is aggressively marketed as a healthy, beneficial food.
Although yoghurt can be very healthy, the cheap yoghurts found in most grocery stores are full of very unhealthy ingredients.
Sugar is the most obvious culprit … loaded into supermarket yoghurt by the shovel full to replace the flavour lost by the removal of the fat. Ironically, most modern yogurt have had most of their healthy natural fat replaced by one of the most unhealthy ingredients on earth!
Choose regular, full-fat yogurt that contains live or active cultures (probiotics) … healthy, nutritious and very good for you … although not always easy to find.
9. Ice Cream
This entry in our hall of shame breaks my heart because I just love … ice cream!
Now kids seriously … ice cream may be delicious stuff but once again its loaded with sugar.
Like fries and potato chips (in section 8 above), ice cream is very high in calories and hard to stop eating once you’ve started.
If you can, try to track down the healthier brands.
Why not make your own ice cream … using fresh fruit and a lot less sugar.
10. Processed Cheese
Now cheese has been wrongly labelled a “bad food” in some circles.
Its not … in moderation!
A single slice has the same healthy nutrients as a glass of milk.
But all cheese’s are not created equal.
The good guys include feta, mozzarella, and cottage cheese.
However, processed cheese should be avoided at all costs.
Well … here are the ingredients listed on a Kraft cheese slice:
“Cheddar cheese (milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), whey, water, protein concentrate, milk, sodium citrate, calcium phosphate, milk fat, gelatin, salt, sodium phosphate, lactic acid as a preservative, annatto and paprika extract (colour), enzymes, Vitamin A palmitate, cheese culture,
Too many added chemicals, flavour enhancers and preservatives for my liking!
11. Fast Food Meals
Most fast foods are mass-produced, low nutrient, high sugar and high salt junk!
The high sodium (salt) levels are the main problem with fast food often leading to headaches and even depression.
Acne can result from carb heavy fast foods, and heart disease and strokes are increasing likely due to the elevated cholesterol and increased blood pressure that fast food can generate in some individuals.
The high sugar, high salt deadly content of fast foods create a perfect storm for becoming overweight and obese … with the usual consequences:
– high blood sugar
– bloating and puffiness
– shortness of breath
– weight gain
… to name but a few!
12. High Calorie Coffee
Coffee in itself is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink.
Its full of antioxidants and many studies have concluded that drunk in moderation, coffee has been shown to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease.
However its all the glop that gets put into coffee that causes the
problems … creamers, syrups, additives, and a whole host of other sugary bad guys that turn it into an incredibly high calorie, unhealthy drink.
For example, Starbucks “White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino” weighs in at 510 calories and its “Gingerbread Latte with Oat Milk Venti” has 523 calories … with over 14 teaspoons of sugar in every serving.
A heart attack in the making!
If your a coffee lover like me, develop a liking for plain black coffee instead … you really start to taste the real flavour of the beans, although admittedly it is an acquired taste.
You can add small amounts of heavy cream or full-fat milk if you must as a treat.
Although the Western diet is notorious for junk food, ready meals and sugar laden “goodies” … the fact is you can still steer clear of the processed, high-sugar items mentioned in this article if you manage your diet carefully.
Focus on nutrient dense, healthy, low calorie natural foods and you’ll be well on your way to controlling your eating habits.
Work hard on your chosen weight loss strategy … be determined to make it succeed and you will achieve a better relationship with your food, your body and your health.
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Article by Steve Searle.
Founder of https://foodanddietz.com/
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