Foods to Avoid
It seems to me that most of the articles that I write relate to what you NEED to eat in order not to get sick, feel better, lose weight … But when it comes to what is best avoided, I describe the ingredients rather (for example, added sugar or emulsifiers) than the final products containing them.
Today I decided to rectify this situation and made the top of the most harmful foods that should be avoided in principle or minimized in the diet if you want to significantly increase your chances of a healthy and long life.
Of course, modern technology in the food industry offers us many amenities. But at what cost? The manufacture of products in a scientific laboratory can reduce costs: this facilitates mass production, minimizes the use of more expensive “natural” ingredients, and increases the shelf life of packaged goods.
Yes, on the one hand, there is a benefit for the manufacturer, as the saying goes. But as a result of all these “production” manipulations, many of the products are overloaded with hazardous substances and have extremely low nutritional value. And often, as numerous studies confirm, they also cause unpleasant symptoms and health problems, including fatigue, overweight and general malaise.
List of the Most Unhealthy Foods for Health
These products are not only useless for health, but can also be dangerous. Of course, this is not a complete list. But if you stop buying and at least eat these products, you will already take a serious step towards good health and well-being.
1. Canned food
The inner coating of cans usually contains bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen that causes a number of health problems, from reproductive to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Studies show that bisphenol in the body of most people exceeds the permissible norm, which is fraught with suppression of sperm and hormone production.
Among other things, it’s scary because bisphenol-A affects the menstrual cycle, causing early puberty, which has many long-term health effects (for example, increases the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs).
One jar contains up to 25 micrograms of BPA, and this amount can have a significant effect on the human body, especially young.
Tip: instead of canned goods, choose products in a glass container or, if possible, preserve fresh products yourself, choosing cans without BPA. Unless otherwise indicated on the label, the product most likely contains bisphenol A.
2. Food dyed foods
All of us have repeatedly seen shop windows with a sea of vibrant color processed foods that especially appeal to children. However, not all responding to the question “What foods are harmful to human health” call cute marmalades or chewing bears of thermonuclear shades.
The fact is that in most cases, bright artificial dyes are very harmful to the body. A lot of research was carried out on the connection of artificial dyes with hyperactivity and anxiety in children.
For example, Brian Weiss, a professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who has studied this subject for many decades, supports the ban on artificial colors. Like most other scientists in this field, he believes that it is necessary to continue research, in particular, to study the effect of dyes on the developing brain of a child. It is important to note that some artificial colors are also classified as possible carcinogens.
Tip: prepare children’s sweets at home and use natural, natural dyes, such as berries, beets, turmeric and other bright products!
3. Fast Food
Often, additives designed to reduce the cost of the product, enhance the taste and increase shelf life, turn a simple list of ingredients into a chemical report. Ice cream, hamburgers, buns, cookies, french fries … I was struck by the fact that one fast-food restaurant chain contains more than 10 ingredients in french fries: potatoes, canola oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, Beef flavoring (wheat and dairy derivatives), citric acid, dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate, salt, corn oil, TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone) and dimethyl polysiloxane. And I thought it was just potatoes, vegetable oil and salt!
Tip: if children want french fries “like from a well-known cafe”, cook it yourself. Potatoes, vegetable oil (olive, sunflower, corn – to your taste), salt and a little skill are all that you need for cooking. The same goes for the beloved children of hamburgers, and cheeseburgers. Make your own burger bread yourself (choose whole grain flour that meets international environmental standards)…