If you are looking to improve your health and lose weight,
there are certain foods that you should avoid at all costs. These foods are
unhealthy not just because they can easily contribute to weight gain but should
also be avoided due to the abundance of unhealthy and potentially harmful
Having a healthy diet means choosing fruits, vegetables, and
meats that are raised, grown, and sold with minimal processing. Packaged foods should
contain minimal and readable ingredients, while providing a variety of vitamins
and minerals. Often times, this is not the case and indulging in these foods
can cause brain cloudiness, bloat, digestive issues, and even result in
carrying around a couple extra kilos.
Below are five foods that we believe that you try to avoid when
possible. These foods don’t necessarily have to be banned for a lifetime, but
reaching for alternatives might bring you better health–and peace of mind.
1. “Soft Drinks”
If you stop consuming only one thing, it should be sugar-sweetened
drinks. The empty calories they provide help fill up your midsection without
offering any nutritional benefit or sense of feeling full after taking them.
Consuming them on a regular basis is also increases your risks for developing
diabetes. It is estimated that a can of soft contains as much as equivalent of
12 cubes of sugar.
2. Processed meats
Most processed meat products, including bacon, sausage, and
hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and
appealing, but they also increase your risk of cancer. Both sodium nitrite and
sodium nitrate have been linked to a significant increase the risk of colon and
other forms of cancer. Avoid having that shawarma as much as you can but if you
must, go for the vegetable version.
Margarine is loaded with trans fat which raises bad
cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and causes inflammation. This can lead to
belly fat and diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes. Avoid items like
pastries, crackers, snack foods, and even microwave popcorn which are packed
with plenty of margarine.
4. Packaged Fruits and Fruit Drinks
Always choose the real, fresh fruits over the sugar-packed fruits of any kind.
These usually have artificial colors that add no nutritional value. The sugar content of these items are quite high, even with the packages that have "No Added Sugar" on them.
5. Diet/Sugar Free Drinks
Diet drinks and diet foods usually contain
artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame K, and neotame.
In small doses, sugar is totally fine. But when choosing artificial sweeteners
instead of sugar, you need to be aware that they can reset your taste buds to
crave sugary foods. This stimulation of sweet taste often leads to eating more
junk food. Additionally, the safety of these sweeteners is controversial.