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Five Foods to Never Eat

In order to stay fit and healthy, one should choose an appropriate and healthy diet. Foods are sometimes the source of illnesses and low-level wellness. Healthy foods constitute foods that we prepare ourselves. We should choose to prepare our meals ourselves because most of the commercial foods available in the market contain harmful substances for our body. Unsafe foods are those which contain preservatives, high levels of  sodium, fat, cholesterol, and  empty calories.

Food is essential for our body to maintain energy and bodily functions; however certain types of foods are also harmful when consumed in large quantities. Here are the 5 types of foods that should be avoided:

5 foods to never eat

1. Canned Goods

This is one of the most harmful foods one can consume. Since life has become fast-paced and people tend to eat foods that require little preparation, canned foods have become more available. Examples of canned foods include:

  1. Luncheon meats
  2. Corned beef
  3. Canned meats
  4. Sardines
  5. Canned vegetables
  6. Other ready to cook viands

These kinds of foods contain excessive levels of fat and sodium and high amounts of preservatives which help increase the shelf life of canned goods. In addition, canned foods may also contain botulinum toxins when they are not properly processed and packed. Canned goods have been a source of carcinogens which may lead to certain malignancies, especially colon cancer.

2. Processed Meats

Cured or processed meats contain high levels of preservatives and other chemicals in order to give them distinct tastes. Just like canned goods, they also contain preservatives and food additives which may be detrimental to health. Processed foods include, but are not limited to:

  1. Hot dog
  2. Hamburger patty
  3. Ham
  4. Salami
  5. Bologna
  6. Sweetened meats
  7. Bacon

Meals served in fast food establishments also contain high amounts of preservatives which should be avoided

3. Unhealthy Oils

Oils in the form of saturated fats or trans fats which contain high amounts of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) are not good for the body. LDL tends to settle in the walls of blood vessels, and consequently, the plaque build-up may lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis increases the risk of hypertension, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Unhealthy oils come in the form of:

  1. Lard
  2. Oils from animal fat
  3. Margarine
  4. Butter
  5. Shortenings

It is advisable to substitute these oils with healthier choices such as vegetable oils and fish oil which contain essential fatty acids and good cholesterol or high-density lipoproteins (HDL). HDL, which circulates in the blood stream and are used for various processes such as energy production, decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

4. Commercially Prepared Snacks or Junk Foods

Chips and other processed snack items in the grocery stores contain high amounts of sodium which may lead to water retention and hypertension. These commercially prepared foods known as junk food should not be consumed since it offers little or no nutritional value and lacks many essential vitamins and minerals. These types of foods include:

  1. Microwave popcorn
  2. Corn chips
  3. Tortillas
  4. Instant noodles
  5. French fries

These snacks, which have been the favorite of children and adults, have hidden side-effects.

5. Harmful Beverages

Fluids are needed by the body; however, people have learned to drink other types of fluids that contain excess sugar and other substances. These beverages include:

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Soda
  3. Coffee
  4. Diet soft drinks

Sodas contain high amounts of sugar which may lead to hyperglycemia. Diet sodas have been a fad to reduce sugar intake, but these also contain harmful chemicals which replace sugar as sweeteners. Aspartame, a substitute sweetener, has been found to cause certain types of cancer. Alcohol also causes hypertension and liver diseases. In addition, coffee  may be an anti-aging beverage, but drinking too much of it increases the caffeine levels in the body.

These foods are manufactured in order to increase the sales of companies. What we fail to understand is that manufacturers include harmful substances in these foods to make them more appealing for human consumption.

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