When it comes to our eating habits, there are some foods you know you should consume in moderation. But there’s a handful that are particularly bad for our diets that you are really doing a number on our bodies, causing damage like weight gain, increased risk of heart disease and stroke, or worse.
There are a few foods in particular that dietitians suggest avoiding:
Grilled meats are delicious, but that char on the outside could potentially give you unwanted carcinogens to ingest. Using a less fatty or marinated cut will cut back on the dripping that goes into the grill fire and there’ll be less burning and smoking from the flames.
Cold cuts are very high in sodium and they often have nitrates and nitrites that have linked with an increased risk of cancer. And washing it down with soda won’t help – it’s just empty calories and loads of sugars, that can help increase a risk of diabetes. Same goes for candy or other drinks like fruit juice, smoothies, and even sweetened iced tea.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if it’s cereal with sugar, artificial sweeteners and colorings, you’ll want to skip that – look for ones with low sugar, and high fiber and protein.
Finally, fried foods are usually done in an oil that gives the food some toxic compounds, which can lead to a host of health problems like diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, and premature aging.
You don’t have to cut these totally out of your life, but if you practice moderation, a healthier lifestyle awaits!
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