Foods To Avoid

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Think about what you ate yesterday and the day before that and the one before that …….

No doubt there was probably some ‘fast food’ in there somewhere.  Sadly many people compromise their health for the sake of food that can be grabbed on the go, something that is quick and convenient. When you fill your stomach with unhealthy foods and junk foods, it deprives your body of the essential nutrients it needs for health and strength.

You really need to stop and seriously think about what these unhealthy food choices are doing to your body – ultimately causing skin problems and health issues like high blood pressure,  high cholesterol  levels , heart disease, and Type 2 Diabetes to name but a few.  The more fast food you consume the more at risk you are.

We have listed below some items that are consumed quite regularly by many people,  with little thought to their health and well being. Please read and then think long and hard as to whether these items should be in your daily diet.

Soft drinks

The average 12oz can carries about 10 teaspoons of sugar and most of these fizzy drinks also contain preservatives, sulphites, phosphorus, sodium, loads of calories, and some have caffeine in them too.  These drinks do not provide your body with any nutritional benefit. Being full of caffeine, sugar, and phosphorus causes your body to lose calcium from your bones.  Over the long run this can reduce your bone strength and lead to osteoporosis, a potentially crippling disease of thin and fragile bones. These sugar rich drinks should be avoided as they can also lead to tooth decay and contribute to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Doughnuts

These doughy, sugary treats pack a mighty punch of refined flour, refined oil and refined sugar that will be sure to disrupt your blood sugar balance, giving you a quick ‘high’ followed by a ‘low’ and then you are hungry again!! Doughnuts are full of empty calories. If you eat one standard donut, you will get roughly 200 calories – mostly from fat and sugar. There are little or no vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in doughnuts.   Foods full of refined ingredients are not good for your skin or your body, leading to acne or other skin problems and weight gain.

Hot Dogs

Hot dogs & frankfurters, as well as bacon, salami, corned beef, luncheon sausage and sausages contain preservatives and are classified as processed meats. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) are firm in their recommendations about eating processed meats, advising to consume ‘very little, if any’. Processed meats are preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or are preserved with chemical preservatives.  The WCRF have completed substantial research which supports the link between eating processed meats and the higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.

French fries

The humble potato when turned into French fries contain saturated fats, trans fats and then they are covered in salt.

Firstly let’s look at salt. We consume way too much, the recommended daily intake is between 920 to 2300 milligrams, however most people’s intake is 2300 to 4600 per day!  Excess salt/sodium causes fluid retention which can lead to high blood pressure and any other condition where fluid retention is present such as heart failure or cirrhosis of the liver.

Saturated and trans fats are considered to be ‘bad’ fats, especially trans fats as not only do they  increase the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) they also lower the levels of HDL (the good cholesterol).  Trans fats damage a number of systems in the body and have been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Other foods that trans fats can be found in (and should also be avoided) are:

  • Commercially baked goods such as cakes, biscuits, crackers, muffins, doughnuts  and  pies
  • Fried foods
  • Some margarines
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