Let’s face it, when it comes to being healthy and fit, our diets play a huge role in determining just how healthy and fit we actually are. People say that “you are what you eat” and when you stop and think about this for a moment, it actually makes perfect sense. Take junk food for instance. Food packed full of saturated fat, salt, sugar, and other artificial ingredients, flavorings and preservatives.
If you eat these foods regularly, you gain weight, you become spotty, your skin becomes pale and greasy, you feel tired, lethargic and lazy, and your immune system even suffers, you essentially feel like garbage or junk.
Yes, watching what we eat is vital when it comes to maintaining great health, yet many of us simply aren’t eating enough of the right foods, and way too much of the wrong foods. Here’s a list of the 10 worst foods you could ever put into your body, and why you should avoid them in the future.
Technically not a food, but even so, soda has to be included on the list, due to the fact that it contains no nutritional value in the slightest, and it contains a scary amount of sugar, which can cause weight gain and other serious health problems, including diabetes.
Any food which has been processed, or contains the word ‘processed’ in the title should be avoided like the plague.
Processed meats contain all of the worst parts of an animal, the eyes, the ears, the innards, the fat, the gristle, and the cheaper cuts of meat, where it is all then ground together in a special machine, usually combined with other artificial flavorings and preservatives, where it’s then shaped into neat little wafer thin slices thanks to a special machine.
Processed meats such as hotdogs, ham, turkey, or chicken slices should be given an extremely wide berth.
If you were to make pizza yourself, using a homemade wholemeal dough and homemade tomato sauce perhaps, then it would actually be pretty healthy, especially if you topped it with a small amount of low-fat cheese and plenty of vegetables.
Frozen pizza from the stores however, is a different matter altogether. The dough is packed full of white flour which is bad for the stomach, salt, and fake preservatives. The tomato sauce also contains more artificial preservatives and sugar, and the cheese is usually high in saturated fat or sometimes even processed.
Now, anything deep fried in fat or oil is, not surprisingly, pretty bad for you. French fries are especially bad however, due to their small size. As French fries are so small and thin, they have an increased surface area, which means they soak up and absorb more fatty oil from the fryer.
As if that wasn’t enough, most places also coat them in heaps of salt, which can lead to high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.
Sticking with the fried potato theme, potato chips are just as bad as French fries, if not more so in fact, with the added bonus that they also tend to contain a carcinogenic (causes cancer) ingredient known as acrylamide.
Bad news for bacon lovers, but bacon is a processed meat which is high in saturated fat, sodium, and the scariest part – often pumped full of preservatives. Regular consumption of fried bacon can increase the likelihood of a heart attack occurring by just under 43%.
Doughnuts are packed full of sugar and fat, which already means they’re pretty unhealthy. Not only are they packed full of fat, they’re packed full of trans fats, which are the worst types of fat imaginable, even worse than saturated fat.
This spread, which was actually initially created to be a healthy alternative to butter, is actually far, far unhealthier than butter, as it’s packed full of trans fats. These fats can increase bad cholesterol levels and damage the blood vessel walls, which can lead to very serious health complications indeed.
Although they are not terrible, bagels are made from processed white flour, so any vitamins, minerals, or other healthy ingredients will already be long gone before the bagel itself is even made. They’re high in calories, and low in fiber.
Don’t be fooled by the big marketing and advertising companies that try to convince you that this is a diet friendly product. The only reason they call it diet friendly is the fact that it contains no sugar. So what? My TV contains no sugar, but it’s not a “diet” TV.
What makes these drinks especially harmful however, is that they’re packed full of artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. Aspartame is the most common artificial sweetener, that’s been classified as possibly carcinogenic.
This chemical was developed by the same company that developed a very powerful and very well known chemical weapon used during regular wars, so that alone should tell you how vile the stuff is.