We’re all used to those articles that tell us what to eat to improve health, and that’s amazing because they make our lives easy by summarizing what we really need to eat. However, today let’s have a little twist and look at those 7 Foods You Must Never Eat. I guess you know what that means; they are bad for you! And in case you’ve been eating them, this could be the right time to stop. So, what are they?

Also, check out, Top 10 plant-based anti-inflammatory superfoods to consume and 11 sneaky ingredients that are not vegan. 

1.   Hydrogenated vegetable oils

Hydrogenated vegetable oil means that a particular oil has some hydrogen atoms added to it. This is done to reduce the number of unsaturated fats and increase saturated fat, making the oil solid or spreadable at room temperature.

Many manufacturers prefer hydrogenated vegetable oils because of their stability, texture, long shelf-life, and low cost.

However, they have been linked to various health issues. When ingested, hydrogenated oils create trans fats which are harmful to your health. Common issues include:

  • Impaired blood glucose control
  • Increased inflammation
  • Increased LDL cholesterol and decreased HDL
  • Increased risk of diabetes

Everyday food items containing hydrogenated vegetable oils include:

  • Margarine
  • Baked goods
  • Crackers
  • Fried foods
  • Coffee creamers
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Packaged snacks
  • Potato chips
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Pre-made dough
  • Frozen foods
  • Salad dressings
  • Peanut butter
  • Some cereal

The best way to avoid these oils is by obviously avoiding the common culprits and opting for healthy alternatives like olive. coconut and avocado oil.

You may also want to read labels carefully, limit packaged foods, and shop for healthy snacks like mixed nuts, bananas, carrot sticks, and apple slices.

2.   Dairy and its products

Dairy has been cherished and recommended by health organizations as a great source of calcium to strengthen the bones and promote growth. Is Milk Bad For You?

While we don’t dispute the high calcium fact, drinking dairy may drag along other unsuitable health problems.

Dairy and dairy products are high in saturated fats, which causes inflammation, elevated bad cholesterol, and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Its high insulin-like growth hormone increases the production of androgen hormones like testosterone which interrupts normal hormonal balance.

Dairy also contains lactose, the main carbohydrate in milk and which most people are intolerant to. Usually, the body produces lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose.

However, some people produce minimal amounts of this enzyme, making it difficult to digest lactose. This may cause symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, nausea, and vomiting.

Some high-lactose foods to avoid include

  • Milk and heavy cream
  • Ice cream
  • Sour cream
  • Condensed and evaporated milk
  • Cheese spreads
  • Ricotta cheese

Obtaining your calcium from healthy sources is the only way to avoid issues associated with dairy. If you must take milk, consider plant alternatives like:

3.   Processed vegetable oils

Vegetable oils are edible oils extracted from plants. Common ones include sunflower oil, soybean oil, coconut oil, corn oil, and olive oil.

While healthy oils are made by pressing or crushing the plant or seeds, processed vegetable oils are extracted from the plant using an oil mill or a chemical solvent. These are then refined, purified, or chemically altered.

Also, unsaturated fats in vegetable oils, especially those high in omega 6- fatty acids, oxidize easily when heated triggering inflammation, a risk factor for plaque formation and heart disease. Substitute For Vegetable Oil.

4.   Soft drinks

Soft drinks are high in added sugar, the main culprit for inflammation and a weak immune system. They are also the easiest way to consume excess calories since they don’t make you feel satisfied. This may lead to excess weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Some soft drinks such as coke zero or diet coke have been portrayed as healthy alternatives; however, they are rich in additives and artificial ingredients like sweeteners that may cause health issues.

For instance, diet coke contains aspartame, a popular sweetener in the market that has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and mood disorders.

Soft drinks have also been linked to fatty liver, belly fat, insulin resistance, heart disease, leptin resistance, dental problems, and gout.

5. White Bread

White bread is made from highly processed flour, therefore it is low in nutrients and fiber, resulting in a sharp rise in blood sugar when consumed. White flour used in bread is usually bleached with chemicals like azodicarbonamide, potassium bromate, chlorine dioxide gas to make sure the bread is purely white with any tint of yellow.

Interestingly, nutrients like B Vitamins, iron, fiber, are removed during the milling process when the bran and wheatgerms are removed. Since 1941, the United States government mandated the fortification of white products with thiamine. How Many Slices In A Loaf Of Bread

High fructose corn syrup is also another ingredient found in most white bread that is potentially harmful. Substitute For Corn Syrup.

6.   Processed meat

Numerous studies have shown strong evidence between processed meats and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and a short lifespan.

Furthermore, these foods have been classified as Group 1 carcinogens by The World Health Organization.

Some processed meats to avoid include:

  • Smoked meat
  • Cured bacon
  • Ham
  • Sausages, salami, hot dogs
  • Beef jerky
  • Dried meat
  • Corned beef

Try Gluten-Free Vegan Sausage, Coconut Bacon. 

7.   Movie theatre popcorn

Popcorns are often part of the cinematic experience, however, movie theatre popcorn may not be a healthy option for you.

They are usually high in calories, and if you include a can of soda, your calories will be way too high. They are also high in fake butter and saturated fat, which may increase your risk of high cholesterol and cardiovascular conditions like heart disease.

The best solution is to carry your own air-popped popcorn or any other snack of your choice.

Try Homemade Vegan Popcorn.

Final Thoughts

While some foods can provide healing and restoration to your body, some may cause disease or increase your risk of developing certain conditions, especially chronic ones. These are the kinds you should avoid. They include hydrogenated vegetable oils, dairy and dairy products, processed meat,  movie theatre popcorn, processed vegetable oils, and soft drinks.

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