Top 5 Worst Foods to Eat & Worst Food
Understanding the complexities of foods and how they affect our bodies can be challenging. While some of the mistakes we make when selecting ‘healthy foods’ or ‘bad foods’ are essentially our own fault, the second component to this ongoing issue is that much of the information we get is contradicting. Nutritionists and other health professionals continue to disagree on what is healthy what isn’t. However there are some foods that should not be eaten or eaten in moderation.
Here are the top 5 worst foods to eat.
Vegetables and Non-Vegetarian Fried Foods
Vegetables are loaded with nutrients that are essential to our bodies. Most dieticians will advise to fill your plate will veggies and then minimize fats and starches. The problem with vegetables for many people is that they add things to their vegetables that pack on calories or saturate them in other ingredients that are loaded with fats and transfats. Once that happens, the nutritional value plummets and a good choice had turned into a costly error.
Another common error occurs in the cooking of vegetables. Vegetables should be steamed or lightly boiled in order to maintain their vitamins. Overcooked vegetables lose a lot of their essential and nutritional value before they reach your plate.
Potatoes are enriched with vitamin B6 which is essential for good cellular health, vitamin C, fiber, potassium and a slew of other great things our bodies need. But potatoes that are fried, such as French fries are among the worst foods one can ingest.
Potatoes that are fried offer a whole host of bad things. First they are fried in oil and oil contains transfats. Transfats are a leading contributor of heart attacks and strokes, as well as other heart related diseases. Transfats come from the unsaturated fats that are found in butter and margarine spreads and will increase our Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Simply put, when our LDL levels are elevated, we are increasing the bad cholesterol that is within our bodies.
This is another vegetable that on its own is very nutritious but is often served fried and with breadcrumbs. A once healthy food has now made its way to the ‘bad foods’ list.
These are also two foods that are frequently served with butter, cheese, marinade and gravy toppings, all of which add to consumption of fats and carbohydrates that are not good for the body or waist line.
There are a plethora of reasons why carbonated beverages make the cut for being among the worst things we put into our bodies. First, they are loaded with empty calories. Calories should contain nutritional value and offer sources of energy for our bodies so that they can sustain themselves in a healthy way. Empty calories such as those obtain from sugar and bad carbohydrates offer nothing other than calories which will be stored but not used as energy sources.
Once can of soda or carbonated/flavored water can have as much as 120 calories per serving. And note, most of those beverages are served as two servings but disguised as one which means you are intaking twice the amount listed on the container.
An additional health risk of drinking too many carbonated drinks is the development of GERD. GERD is a gastrointestinal disease which occurs in the esophagus and stomach. Drinks like soda have harsh acids in them and when these acids build up in the body they eat away at the esophagus and stomach lining and can cause indigestion, heartburn and vomiting.
This group also includes diet soda and fruit juices that have concentrate or aren’t 100% juice.
Many meats are processed with salt and chemical preservatives none of which is good for you. Sodium nitrite is also another culprit in processed meats and that is the chemical that makes the meat you buy look red, fresh and appealing; however, many studies have shown that it is also likely to cause cancer. In addition, most processed meats are comprised of scrap parts of animals such as tissues and organs that should not be ingested, ever. Part of the curing process is so that meats can sit around longer and still be sold but the added salts and nitrates merely increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease and various types of cancers.
The list of do not’s in this area is seemingly never ending. Potato chips are one of the worst as they are high in fat, carbohydrates and salt. Most potato chips also have acrylamide, a carcinogen that has been linked to numerous types of cancer and is found in foods that are fried at high temperatures. Cookies and other baked goods are also high on the list as they contain absurd amount of fat, sugar and refined flour. One donut has as much as 20 grams of fat and 300 empty calories.
Canned soups are very misleading and lots of people buy and eat them because of savvy marketing that falsly claim that soup is good for you and because a quick label reading will show a low calorie count, something many people rely on when watching their diets.
What many don’t know is that canned soups have as much as 1,000 or more grams of sodium as well as bisphenol A (BPA) which is a chemical used to protect the cans from eroding. BPA when ingested can wreck havoc on your body because it disrupts the hormonal balance and has also been linked to diabetes, cancers and a myriad of other health risks.