Food Items You Should Avoid Eating and Why
Determining the top worst foods you can eat is not a simple task. Sugars, calories, saturated fats, trans-fats, refined carbs, and heavily processed meats and snacks have all been cited by a majority of dietitians, doctors, and scientists as the source of many public-health-related issues.
Saturated and trans fats have been linked to cardiovascular disease, processed meats have been found to contain known carcinogens when cooked at high temperatures, excessive calorie intake is directly related to weight gain, and too much sugar can lead to diabetes and insulin resistance.
Here is the list of food items you should avoid eating and why.
Artificial sweeteners may have zero calories, but they have still been linked to weight gain. Research has shown that sugar alternatives such as sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin can lead to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, increased blood pressure, and high blood sugar levels.
Canned meat should be avoided unless you’re stocking your basement in preparation for the apocalypse. A standard 12-ounce can of fully cooked corned beef contains 90 percent of your recommended daily allowance of saturated fat and 96 percent of your recommended daily allowance of sodium.
Many brands of cheese puffs are high in calories, sodium, and fat, but this common snack food’s paltry 1-ounce suggested serving size distorts its truly unhealthy nature. One particularly popular brand of cheese puffs contains a total 1,200 calories in an 8-ounce bag, providing more than 100 percent of the recommended daily value of both sodium and total fat. Due to the effect of “vanishing caloric density,” it’s very difficult to eat only one serving.
Doughnuts are made up of three components — sugar, flour, and oil — none of which are good for you. Eating one doughnut a day for breakfast can add 1,500-2,000 calories to your diet, which translates to about an extra pound of fat to the body. However, there are ways to make doughnuts healthier, such as buying them baked, not fried.
Energy drinks are unhealthy — even dangerous — because they are highly caffeinated, sweet, and easy to drink. Overconsumption of energy drinks has already been linked to a handful of fatalities in adolescents. There’s also some controversy surrounding the use of additives like taurine, which has been found to intensify the effects of caffeine.
Pizza isn’t the healthiest food — after all, it’s just dough, cheese, and sauce — but fast-food pizza reaches another level of gluttony. A small cheese pizza from one of the leading brands equals 1,080 calories, 36 grams of fat, and more than 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of sodium. The high salt content and low dietary fiber make’s it difficult to eat just one or two slices.
Inexpensive snack cakes use all the worst chemical additives to improve shelf life and palatability, including corn syrup, bleached white flour, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. These cheap, individually packaged desserts contain no nutritional value and are a public health injustice because their advertising is mostly directed at children.
Soda is one of the main contributors to America’s obesity epidemic, and it’s considered by public health advocates to be a national health hazard. The high-fructose corn syrup in soda provides the body with no helpful nutrients and leads to increased instances of diabetes and heart disease.
It’s always a bad sign when a company needs to invent a name for a product because it doesn’t fit the Food and Drug Administration’s standard of identity. Whipped topping is not called whipped cream because it doesn’t contain any dairy. The first ingredient listed is actually partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil and is closely followed by corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup.