Selecting the right foods without giving in to temptation is a real challenge, but thorough awareness of the damage that those foods can cause can be of great help in skipping their consumption to an extent. Artery clogging, high fat, high cholesterol, waistline busting, and high blood pressure are just some of the problems that come with consuming the following most unhealthy foods:
Examples include soy protein energy bars, tofu, and soy milk bars. These bars are mostly soy protein isolates that cause deficiencies of vitamin E, D, B12, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc. Zinc is necessary for a strong immune system and also plays an important role in intelligence and behavior because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of nerve and brain system. It also helps in controlling blood sugar levels, and it is required for healthy reproductive systems.
Note that not all protein and energy bar brands are bad for you, so you just have to invest some time in picking out the right brand. Furthermore, you could replace these bars with homemade energy bar recipes, or with real food options, like low-fat yogurt and fruit, dried fruit and nut mixes, and homemade fruit smoothies. Use almond or coconut milk in place of soy milk.
Sugar-free products are loaded with artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners will make you gain weight as they trick your mind and body while depriving it of the essential nutrients it needs. This will produce a vicious cycle of craving, eating, eating more artificial sweeteners and more cravings. As a result of this, you will gain weight in the long run. If you care about your health, stay away from highly toxic aspartame (NutraSweet) and other sweeteners, such as sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet-n-Low), and acesulfame-k. It is better to consume sugary foods in moderation than overdo sugar-free snacks.
Sunblock and coffee creamer have more in common than you know! Titanium Dioxide is a mutual ingredient used in both these products that act as a whitening agent and is an ultraviolet radiation blocker. To top it off, these creamers are crammed with added sugar, trans fats, and other harmful ingredients. Not only do these ingredients raise cholesterol, but Titanium Dioxide is also proven to cause tissue and liver damage in mice. Try switching your average coffee creamer with coconut milk or plain old cow’s milk to get your morning’s coffee boost.
The go-to diet of many college students has a deservedly bad rap. These noodles not only have 436 calories (per 100 grams) but also may have up to 3000 mg of salt, while the recommended daily intake of salt is no more than 2300 mg. The noodles are fried during the manufacturing process, adding unneeded fat. The soup flavoring may contain MSG, tied to weight gain and cancer.
These jams and jellies may contain natural fruits, but are accompanied with heaps of sugar for added taste. Another significantly harmful ingredient included, called pectin, is a natural fiber that makes the jam sticky and smooth. What’s so bad about a natural fiber, you ask? Just like it gives the jam a sticky texture, pectin also clings to health-boosting antioxidants, like lutein, beta-carbonate, and lycopene, sweeping them out of the system before the body has a chance to benefit from them.
Now that you have a relatively better idea of which foods to avoid, hopefully, you will make smarter choices when going grocery shopping next time.