There is so much that comes with the advertisers and marketers concerning what is labelled and termed as “healthy foods” and what is not. This causes confusion and leads to individuals buying the labels instead of the legit product. When going to purchase your products be keen on what you are buying. Check the composition of the packed or tinned foods. Smelling some of the items may actually help you know what is and what is not what you intended to buy.
As much as some people enjoy coffee and its stimulation benefits, well it is equally important that you know the downside of it as well. The caffeine in coffee increases the catecholamine (stress hormone). These hormone in turn increases insulin and insulin increases inflammation making you feel lousy. On the other side, getting used to it reduces insulin sensitivity. This causes the cells not to respond to blood sugar appropriately. High blood sugar levels causes artery deterioration causing cardiovascular disease. This can be fatal.
- smoked salmon
People love the tasty smoked salmon. But, it is not as tasty as it is when it comes to your health long term benefits. A 3-ounce serving of smoked salmon has 1,700 mg of sodium. High sodium intake may cause your blood pressure to rise. High blood pressure increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. This happens especially if you have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
Eating smoked salmon increases your chances of ingesting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The said compound can elevate cancer risk. Additionally, smoked salmon may contain pathological bacteria. As a result, these bacteria can increase your risk of potentially bad infections.
- sugar substitute
These are sugar free substitutes of refined sugar. It is good to note that, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are healthy. Research shows that artificial sweeteners may increase your overall caloric intake. This makes you crave real sugar. This can put you at risk for diabetes and obesity just like the real sugar. Research shows that artificial sweeteners causes a disruption in gut flora and can cause diabetes. On top of these, sweeteners have been clinically linked to: allergies, hypertension, seizures, breast cancer, brain tumors, bladder cancer, headaches, leukemia, obesity etc.
- canned vegetable
You can make a filling lunch/dinner with canned vegetables. But even the reduced-sodium and low-fat versions are not as healthy as you think. Most cans of vegetables have high milligrams of sodium per can. Unfortunately, it is most likely you will not eat just half a can. High sodium intake can trigger blood pressure rise. This causes bloating making you to feel sluggish generally. No one wants to feel like that.
- artificial flavored juice
Unless you are looking toward adding weight or subsist on liquid-only diet, artificially favored juices are a no! They are a fast way to pour a bunch of calories without filling you up. Apart from the having being plucked off the fiber parts, there is water and artificial flavors on top. Too much sugar comes with all sorts of diseases. They range from diabetes type II, obesity, cardiovascular complications among others. Opt for a freshly made fruit pudding instead of all these sugar full juices.
- Chia seeds
Lately, everything being sold has flax seeds thrown in it. They are put from smoothies to salads. Not everything about them is as healthy as you expect. Excess intake of these tiny seeds may cause issues. They include; unpleasant interaction with your blood sugar or heart related medicines and irritation of the digestive tract. According to research, they have potential to present a choking hazard. This is due to their ability to absorb large amounts of water.
Among weight loss super foods known, yoghurt tops the list. It is not the healthiest of all as you imagine. Flavored yoghurt is equipped with loads of potentially carcinogenic artificial flavors. In addition, food colors and loads of sugar are added too. Research suggest that dairy products may lead to osteoporosis.
The additives in the flavored yoghurt may lead to diabetes and other sugar full foods related issues. If you must take yoghurt, always go for natural yoghurt. This contains no sugar or colorings.
- vegetable oils
These are among the so called “healthy” foods that you should not eat. Together with margarine, vegetable oils such as canola are highly inflammatory and not healthy at all. Most often than not, they are hydrogenated partially and genetically modified. They are linked to diseases like cancer, diabetes, birth defects, atherosclerosis, liver problems, obesity, sexual dysfunction, high cholesterol etc.
Better option would be pure, cold pressed, extra virgin coconut oil. Also make sure you are getting what smells like coconut when you buy it. Otherwise, there is a good chance it has been pasteurized. This means it is not as healthy for you.
- Overcooked meat
All meats have amino acids, including sugars and creatine. Thus cooking them at high temperatures produces molecule s known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These are carcinogenic and toxic compounds that are also found in cigarette smoke. Well-done meat has 3.5 times more HCA as compared to medium-rare. The use of home-made of bought marinades with sugar, honey or fructose corn syrup increases exposure to carcinogens.
- Low-fat & fat-free milk
Research made in 2016, indicates that taking fatty milk instead of low-fat milk, is less likely to cause obesity. One of the theories, is that full-fat dairy keeps people full for longer. Also because low-fat dairy products have added sugar. Sugar is a risk agent for diabetes type II, cancer and even heart disease. Therefore, consider the option of organic milk as it has a much healthier fat content. Consider raw milk as opposed to pasteurized milk. This is because pasteurization process leads to loss of nutritional content.
In conclusion, some of the things you need to factor in when eating is: if you want to eat, choose less processed foods, get to know and buy from local farmers and support organic and grass-fed operations. The more you choose to take in only beverages and food that brings life to your body, the more you will live healthy and enjoy life.