The top 7 Foods that Health Experts tell us to avoid.
1.) Margarine – Most margarine’s rely primarily on highly processed vegetable oils (particularly soybean and palm oil) which mean they lack any nutritional value. Also, the inflammatory fats found in margarine impact brain function through inflammation.Choose grass-fed organic butter or olive oil for a healthier alternative.
2.) Cured Meats – Such as salami, chorizo, pepperoni, bacon and prosciutto to name a few. Cured meat refers to meat that has been treated in some way to preserve or flavour the meat. Processes include salting, curing, fermenting, and smoking.Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) internationals’ agent for cancer research stated that cured and processed meats were strongly linked to colon cancer which leadthem to classify processed thesemeats as a carcinogen.
3.) Artificial Sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame K, and neotame are what is contained in things like diet soda and sugar free foods. Some studies show that when metabolized in the body, these artificial sweeteners can cause many health related issues.
4.) Microwave Popcornis full of artificial chemicals inside the microwave bag, which is what gives it its flavouring. These chemicals are harmful to your health so instead, try making your own popcorn within a brown paper bag, olive oil and a dash of salt.
5.) Processed Deli Meats – Most deli meats are filled with a wide variety of additives from nitrates to carrageen, which can raise inflammation in the body. These have also been linked to an increased risk of healthy issues including Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Swap deli meats for organic, antibiotic and nitrate free meats.
6.) Non- Organic Strawberries & Apples –These 2 fruits top the dirty dozen list as they contain high levels of pesticide residue (around 13 different types of pesticides) which then are ingested into your body when you eat them. Opt for organic strawberries and apples if you can.
7.) Chemically Processed Foodssuch as frozen / ready meals, instant noodles & soups, packaged cakes, pastries, crisps, crackers and candy which often contain refined carbohydrates excess sugar, salt and artificial substances with little nutritional value. They tend to have added chemical flavouring agents, colours, and sweeteners, which are bad for your health.
Eat Well, Feel Amazing! Tips to Eating Healthier-
Try to read the ingredients on the foods that you purchase and perhaps avoid things that contain 5 or more ingredients that include unfamiliar or unpronounceable items.