8 Unhealthy Foods You Should Avoid Consuming
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8 Unhealthy Foods You Should Avoid Consuming

Oyekunle Idowu

Your body is your most precious asset, so take care of it at all cost.

Did you know that what you eat impacts not only your physical health but also your mood and your mental health?

Cancer and depression are at an all-time peak in history and we can certainly say that processed food has something to do with it.

Did you know that so many of the ‘foods’ we consume are processed to the point that they don’t nourish our bodies in the ways that they should? In fact, many of them contain artificial ingredients that can be quite harmful.

Here are a few that you might want to stay away from:

1. Artificial Sweeteners

Neglect the misconception that these are better than sugar. In fact, they’re often worse.

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, neotame, acesulfame potassium, etc. might contain fewer calories, but they can still increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.

You may not have noticed but many sugar-free gums contain aspartame, which is considered the most dangerous substance in the world.

Sugar has healthy alternatives such as honey, maple syrup, and agave syrup, to name a few.

2. Refined Grains

Foods such as white flour and instant rice have been refined to the point that all of the healthy ingredients that provide valuable vitamins and minerals have been removed.

These foods have zero nutritional value, with the exception that some of them have vitamin D or calcium added back in.

Some foods in this category include white bread, pasta, flour tortillas, and biscuits.

Instead, use products made with whole grains and switch to long-grain brown rice.

3. Barbecued Meat

The smell of barbecue might be hard to resist, but please try. The chemicals that enter the meat during the process are associated with the risk of pancreatic cancer and breast cancer.

If you can’t resist, try to limit the intake of barbecued meat and consider adding some rosemary to your hamburger to reduce the amount and number of carcinogens.

4. Alcohol

We’re sorry to break this to you, and again, many will disagree, but alcohol has no health benefits.

It is extremely high in calories and can cause dehydration, liver damage, weight gain, depression, and skin problems. Not to mention the bad decisions you make when under the influence.

So, if you want to damage all your systems, from the brain to liver to skin, believe the marketing and drink alcohol daily. Otherwise, avoid it.

5. Margarine

You’ve heard the warnings when it comes to trans fats (or saturated hydrogenated oils). Sure, they’re plant-based oils, but they’re still so highly processed that nutritionists give foods, like margarine, a big thumbs down. Why? Because trans fats increase the risk of bad cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke.

It’s one of the unhealthiest foods in your diet. So cut it out! Margarine is like a very lousy version of butter that’s made with hydrogenated vegetable oils and it’s more unnatural than you think.

Switch to butter for a healthier alternative. Other healthy alternatives are olive oil and avocado oil that you can spread on your bread. Just please avoid margarine!

6. Pastries, Cookies And Cake

It’s safe to assume that you probably already knew that eating a diet full of processed treats like cookies, pastries, and cake isn’t the best thing to do, but just in case, we’ll discuss it here.

Most baked foods that are commercially produced are not healthy. Not only are they loaded with sugar, but they’ve also likely been made with saturated fats like butter or palm oil, or trans fats like hydrogenated vegetable oil.

7. Potato Chips

All deep-fried food contains a dangerous substance called acrylamide. Potato chips are no exception. Acrylamide increases the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and rectum cancer.

So avoid the potato chips or make a healthier version at home. Put a little olive oil on sliced potatoes, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and bake it in your oven. We promise it tastes delicious.

8. Canned Tomato Sauce

Canned tomato sauce is a killer in disguise. It is a hidden source of sugar and it would never even cross your mind that it could lead to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even tooth decay.

To avoid these issues, use fresh tomatoes to make the sauce yourself, or switch to pureed tomatoes without the extra sugar or salt and add your own spices. Or at least go for brands with less sugar and sodium.

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