There is one important thing we need to know: there is no such thing as “good foods” or “bad foods”. Foods are just foods. However, how we choose to prepare them, and if and how we choose to eat them undoubtedly has an impact on our health.
In other words, foods are not at fault, but what we choose to eat on a daily basis can contribute to good health or bad health. Eating so-called “junk food” every so often will likely not have an impact on your health. But there is plenty of evidence to show how eating certain foods often, or even as a staple in your diet, can have disastrous results for your health.
There are plenty of foods you should try to avoid, but here is a list of 10 foods that are on the top of the list.
1. Sodas and Pops
You can add vitamins or make them with “natural flavors” but that still doesn’t take away the fact that sodas and pops are one of the biggest culprits against human health in the western diet. Sodas are full of sugar and additives. Water is always the best option when it comes to beverages. Add lemon for a different taste and added benefits. If you want something a little more flavorful sugar-free iced tea is also a good substitute for soda.
2. Instant Noodle Soups
Instant noodle soups are an easy meal or great late-night dorm snack. Unfortunately, what makes it so yummy is also what can damage your health. They are high in sodium and additives. Instead of instant noodle soups like Ramen, try homemade or store bought broths with your choice of a healthy noodles such as Soba.
3. White Bread
Some people cannot imagine their life without white bread. Unfortunately, the processes used to make white bread takes all the good stuff out of wheat, like fiber. White bread is high in refined carbohydrates, additives and sometimes sugar. A good alternative to white bread is whole grain bread.
4. Shortening and Margarine
Shortening and margarine is the reason hydrogenation was invented. Vegetable oil-based solid fats were cheaper and had a longer shelf life than butter. Unfortunately, some unexpected health hazards came along with it. Some brands of shortening and margarine are high in trans fats, and additives. Olive oil and flaxseed oil are good healthy alternatives that you can use.
5. Sugary Cereal
Even those labelled “whole grain” have several of the ingredients that, when eaten regularly, can negatively affect your health. Most sugary cereals are marketed to children and are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and additives. Instead of these sugary cereals, try high-fiber and organic cereals that will make you feel fuller and give you positive health benefits.
6. Chips and French Fries
We all know most brands of chips and French fries just aren’t something you should be eating every day. They are deep fried and made with tons of salt. They are high in sodium, additives, and saturated or trans fat. Baked kale chips or sweet potato fries are healthier options.