Foods which are Bad for Your Health (Avoid Them!)
There is a lot of confusion out there about which foods are healthy not. We’re showing you below a list of foods that are generally very unhealthy. If you want to avoid chronic disease and lose weight then you shouldn’t eat much of these foods.
In many cases, the best choice is to avoid that food completely.
Here healthy alternatives are mentioned whenever possible.
- Sugary Drinks
Added sugar is a single worst ingredient in the modern diet. However, some sources of sugar are worse than the other sources, and sugary drinks are the absolute worst. When people drink sugar calories, the brain doesn’t “register” the drinks as food. For this reason, people don’t automatically compensate by eating less of the other foods instead and end up drastically increasing their total calorie intake.
- Most Pizzas
Pizza is one of the most popular junk foods in the world. This is not surprising, given that its taste awesome and is incredibly convenient to eat. The problem is that most commercially prepared pizzas are made with the unhealthy ingredients. The dough is made of highly refined wheat flour, and the meats on them are usually processed. Pizza is the also extremely high in calories.
Alternatives: Some pizza places are use healthier ingredients. Homemade pizzas can also be very healthy for us, as long as you choose wholesome ingredients.
- Industrial Vegetable Oils
In the last 100 years or so, people have increased the consumption of added fats. However, this is entirely explained by a drastic increase in the consumption of refined vegetable oils, such as corn oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil and canola oil. These oils are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which humans never consumed such in the large amounts before. They are highly sensitive to oxidation and cause increased oxidative stress in bodies. They have also been linked to increased cancer’s risk.
Margarine used to be considered as a healthy alternative to butter. Fortunately, most people have now realized that this is far from the being true. Margarine is a highly processed pseudo-food that has been engineered to the look and taste like butter. It is loaded with artificial ingredients, and is usually made with industrial vegetable oils that have been hydrogenated to make it more solid. This increases their trans fat content significantly. Keep in mind that manufacturers are allowed to label their products with the “no trans-fat” as long as it contains less than 0.5 grams per serving, which is still a significant amount.
- Pastries, Cookies and Cakes
Most pastries, cakes and cookies are extremely unhealthy. They are generally made with refined wheat flour, refined sugar and added fats, which are often disturbingly unhealthy fats like shortening (high in trans fats). These tasty treats are the literally some of the worst things that you can put into your body. Almost no essential nutrients, but unhealthy ingredients and tons of calories.
- French Fries and Potato Chips
Whole, white potatoes are healthy. However, the same can NOT be said of the products that are made from them, such as potato chips and French fries. These foods are very high in calories, and it is easy to eat the excessive amounts. These foods may also contain the large amounts of acrylamides, carcinogenic substances that form when potatoes are fried, baked or roasted.
Alternatives: Potatoes are the best consumed boiled, not fried. If you need something crunchy to replace the potato chips, try baby carrots or nuts.
- Gluten-Free Junk Foods
Gluten-free is all the rage now a days. About a third of people in the US are actively trying to avoid gluten, according to the survey in 2013. The problem with many gluten-free diets, is that people replace the gluten-containing foods with the processed junk foods that happen to be gluten-free. These gluten-free replacement products are often high in unhealthy oils, sugar and refined grains like corn starch or tapioca starch. These refined starches lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar, and are extremely low in the essential nutrients.
Alternatives: Choose foods that are the naturally gluten-free, like unprocessed plants and animal foods. Gluten-free junk food is still junk food.
- Ice Cream
Ice cream is one of the most delicious foods on this planet. Unfortunately, it is also one of the unhealthiest foods. Most of the commercial ice creams is loaded with sugar. Ice cream is also high in calories, and it is very easy to eat the excessive amounts. Eating it for dessert is even worse, because then you’re adding it all on top of your total calorie which your intake.
Alternatives: It is possible to make your own ice cream using healthier ingredients and significantly less (or no) sugar by yourself.
- Processed Meat
Even though unprocessed meat can be nutritious healthy, the same is NOT true for processed meats. Studies show that people who eat processed meats, they have a higher risk of many serious diseases, including type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and heart disease. Most of these studies are observational in the nature, so they cannot prove that the processed meat caused the different diseases. However, the statistical link is consistent and strong among studies, so I do believe there is something to it.
Alternatives: If you want to eat sausages, bacon, pepperoni and other “processed” meats, then choose wisely and try to buy them locally from sellers who don’t add a lot of unhealthy ingredients. Quality counts.
- Processed Cheese
The regular cheese is healthy. It is loaded with a single slice of cheese and nutrients contains all the same nutrients as an entire glass of milk. However, processed cheese products are nothing like the regular cheese. They are mostly made with filler ingredients that are engineered and combined to have a similar look and texture as cheese. Cheese is healthy, but processed cheese is not healthy. Read labels, and make sure that the cheese you’re eating is actually cheese (healthy).
Alternatives: Eat real cheese instead.