Are you interested in becoming healthier? Do you want to lose a little weight or maintain a healthy level? Are you trying to eat better and exercise more to live a happier, longer life?
Then check out this list of foods to cut out of your life before they cut your life out of you.
- Processed meat
Processed meat is one of the top foods to avoid. The World Health Organization has currently classified these kinds of processed meats as carcinogenic.
Processed meats are often cured, smoked, and pumped full of sodium or other preservatives as a way to extend their shelf life. The most common forms of processed meats we know and love include bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, and cold cut lunch meats.
Over-consumption of these foods changes the composition of the gut microbiome, leading to imbalances that can shift the body towards chronic inflammatory conditions.
- Energy drinks
Whether you call it soda, pop, or coke, the important thing to take away here is that consuming these types of sugary beverages is not conducive to living a long and healthy life. Drinking soda is effectively drinking pure sugar combined with chemicals. Because of these sugars, soda causes a rapid insulin response (with a blood sugar spike) followed by a crash soon after.
If this cycle is happening regularly, it will often lead to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
Obviously, water is always going to be the best beverage to stay hydrated.
Sorry to disappoint those who love french fries, pastries, cookies, and anything super sweet, frosted, or fried, but most of these contain extremely high levels of trans fat. Trans fats have been linked to inflammation, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions that shorten lifespan. Commit your fried and frosted delicacies to rare occasions only.
Large-scale studies now show that excess sugar consumption significantly raises the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and chronic inflammation. Inflammation also accelerates the ageing process and may lead to cancer.
To prevent such problems, nutritionists urge us to eat no more than 10% of our daily calories in sugar.
- Fast Food
As hard as it might be to resist, experts recommend just saying no to hamburgers and fries from McDonald’s or Burger King. Removing fast food from your diet, which is high in saturated fat and sodium, will help you to reduce your calorie and fat intake. Within weeks of removing fast food from your diet, your cholesterol levels will start to improve. Research supports this theory, as one study published by Public Health Nutrition, found that eating out, in general, costs consumers an average of 200 calories extra each day.
Every item of food you put into your body will either add value to your health or take away from it. If you are concerned about looking good and feeling young well into your 50s and later, you should be opting for foods that do not age you unnecessarily.
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