When it comes to caring about health, we must put careful consideration into the things that enter our digestive systems. Our food choices must not just rely on taste or convenience because what you save time for now might take time away from your life. The following list includes ten foods that we must avoid or diminish their intake as much as possible to enjoy healthy living.
9. White Chocolate
Chocolate, the real chocolate, has numerous benefits like enhancing one’s mood, boosting brain functions and protecting blood vessels. Since white chocolate misses a lot of cacao’s contents, it lacks the phytonutrients that provide the previously mentioned benefits. So when you eat white chocolate, especially the extra artificial versions that are too white, you are just consuming fats and sugars.
8. Tin Canned Tomatoes
Tin cans are lined with resin that is filled with BPA. This substance is linked to hormonal, cardiovascular and diabetic problems. In fact, excessive BDA consumption affects sperm production in males and damages egg chromosomes in females. A better alternative to canned tomatoes are tomatoes reserved in glass jars or bottles.
7. Commercial Sundae Ice Creams
If you have to eat ice cream, stay away from chain restaurant sundaes. Those desserts are filled with additives with genetically modified origins. Ice creams can be healthy desserts as long as you stick to main ingredients such as milk and sugar. To guarantee getting ice cream that is short of unhealthy additives, go to local ice cream stores or better off make your own ice cream.
6. Bread Products
Some meals cannot be eaten without bread, but the benefits of replacing bread with other carbohydrates are huge. The reason for this is that the wheat used to make all kinds of bread had been genetically manipulated in the 1970’s for mass production. The resultant wheat sets off health issues including digestive diseases and skin disorders.
5. Industrial Burgers
There are plenty of reasons to avoid eating industrial burgers. First of all, the cattle are treated terribly by growing in an unsuitable environment, getting growth hormones and feeding on GM corn. Secondly, unlike the case of pieces of meat from one animal, burgers are made from the ground meat of many animals and this make contamination more probable.
4. Diet Soda
The right way of dieting does not mean keep having soda as long as it is labeled diet soda. These sodas contain several dangerous ingredients such as artificial sweeteners that do not only make you gain weight but also increases the risk of other health problems like digestive diseases, depression, headaches and cancer.
3. Food Colors
It is said that “the more colorful your plate is, the healthier it is” but this doesn’t apply on a plate filled with artificially colored food. Food dyes are tied to hyperactivity and cancer and unfortunately they are available in foods we least expect them to be like dairy products. Hence, check food labels to make sure they’re free of the harmful food dyes.
2. Microwave Popcorn with Butter Flavor
Butter-flavored microwave popcorn is not made with actual butter but gets its flavor from a chemical called diacetyl that causes lung problems. To enjoy popcorn without the hazard of ingesting this chemical, put the kernels in a pot and pop them on the stove or in a paper bag in the microwave. Then you can pour some natural melted butter over them.
Corn can be harmful to our health for either being genetically modified or having lots of pesticides. The pesticides don’t just harm our health but they also endanger bees. If you don’t care about bees, you need to consider the fact that with them gone, we’ll be gone soon after. If you just adore corn, choose organic versions.