Many people rely on soda for a boost of energy when they're down - the combination of sugar and caffeine can certainly open your eyes, but only for a short while before the inevitable crash.
Sodas also contain a lot of food colouring and preservatives which are known to affect your hormones. Unfortunately, diet sodas are no better because they rely on chemical sweeteners, the safety of which is questionable.
2. Canned tomato sauce
Spaghetti sauce in a can or jar is a very useful shortcut in cooking, but it's usually loaded with sugar and sodium, not to mention chemical preservatives. It's a shame, because tomatoes are usually loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Making gravy at home can be a very rewarding experience, and it's easy to make and can be done in several batches at once. If that's not your thing, read labels at the store and experiment with brands that have less of the bad stuff. These efforts could prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even tooth decay.
3. Vegetable oil
You would think vegetable oil is healthy based on its source, but again, it's the processing that makes it dangerous. The oil cannot be extracted naturally from vegetables, but goes through a process that hydrogenates the end product.
Hydrogenated oils contain trans fats which can lead to cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Vegetable oil is found in all kinds of baked goods and packaged foods, so limiting these will automatically help reduce your intake. The best choices to use at home include olive, avocado, and coconut oils.
She and processed meat of any kind (especially hot dogs) are dangerous because of the way they are stored. Nitrates, sodium, and chemical additives help them last longer and provide pleasant color, but are not good for your body.
The risks include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even behavioural problems and learning difficulties in children. It is better to limit the amount of meat in our diet and buy what we eat from the local butcher instead of a supermarket.
5. Potato Chips
Foods cooked at high temperatures, such as deep frying, contain a carcinogenic substance called acrylamide. Acrylamide is known to increase your risk of colon, breast, prostate and rectal cancers.
Potato chips contain this deadly substance and far more salt and fat than you ever need in a day, not to mention artificial colors and preservatives. Baked potato fries, made with olive oil, herbs and a pinch of salt, are a delicious alternative.
Margarine was a product originally developed as a healthier alternative to butter, but in reality it's the exact opposite. Made with hydrogenated vegetable oils, these are basically pure trans fats that will damage your heart and blood vessels, as well as your cholesterol levels.
Real butter in moderation is actually the better choice between the two. We do, however, recommend using olive or avocado oil as a substitute whenever possible. It can be flavored with garlic and / or herbs to create a really nice taste in dishes or spread on whole grain bread.
Another product that there is a lot of debate about is alcohol. Experts agree that drinking too much is dangerous. Not only is alcohol quite high in empty calories, but excessive consumption can lead to dehydration, weight gain, depression, skin problems, and liver damage.
Much damage has been done to people due to accidents and bad choices under the influence as well. The argument for the benefits of drinking a moderate amount of alcohol seems to focus on red wine, which contains a heart-healthy antioxidant called resveratrol.
8. Bottled salad bressings
Commercial salad dressings look harmless enough, but they're filled with high fructose corn syrup. The excess fructose makes a number on the liver, which is forced to process it before it can be used as fuel for the cells.
When too many hits at once, much of it turns to fat. Salad dressings also depend on many chemical dyes to keep the product appealing, including titanium dioxide, a main ingredient in sunscreen. Fortunately, salad dressings are really easy to make at home.
9. Dairy Products
We all start our lives relying on our mother's milk or a dairy formula, but as we grow older our need for it decreases. Some people develop lactose intolerance as they age, but while you can drink milk and eat cheese without discomfort, it's really not a necessary part of an adult's diet.
Dairy products have been linked to migraines, poor nutrient absorption, arthritis, allergies, asthma, and even cancer.
10. White bread
Whole grains are essential for optimal health, but refined white grains have been stripped of all nutritional value. The processing throws waste on the natural fibers, vitamins and minerals of the grain, then it is then blasted with chlorine gas to achieve that beautiful white colour.
Products made with this substance, especially white bread, simply raise your blood sugar and can lead to weight gain as well as damage to the thyroid and organs. Diabetes is also possible if you live in a state of chronic hyperglycemia. However, red grapes also contain resveratrol, so you don't need to drink alcohol to get it.
11. Microwave popcorn
Movie nights can be a cherished family tradition, and nothing goes better with a movie than popcorn. In its natural form, popcorn is actually a pretty healthy snack. But microwave popcorn is a carcinogenic disaster because the bags are often lined with a chemical called PFOA, which seeps into the popcorn as it cooks.
Popcorns that use diacetyl in their “buttery” flavor also put consumers at risk. While most manufacturers have removed diacetyl from their products, some advocates complain that the ingredient used to replace it is basically the same thing under a different name.
12. Fast food
It's so convenient: in the morning when you're late for work, at lunch when you only have a few minutes, or at dinner when you're already exhausted. But consider that it may be fast food that tires you too much to handle home cooking.
Loaded with trans fats, sugar, salt, preservatives, additives, dyes and other chemicals, there are few things that redeem them. Too much can dramatically increase your risk for diabetes, weight gain, cardiovascular disease, mood disorders, metabolic disorders, and cancer.
We understand, however, that it's a hard habit to break. Check out some copy recipes for your favorite fast food treats that can be made at home - you'll have much better control and knowledge of the ingredients used.
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