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30 Foods That Are Bad for Your Health

The foods that are bad for your health are all around you. You might not realize it, but many different things in the supermarket can harm your body and make you sick. This blog post will talk about some of the most popular foods to avoid if you want to be healthy.

We do many things daily that can be bad for our health, but eating certain foods is one of the worst. So we wanted to share with you what some of those food items might be and how they could affect your body.

It is not always easy to make healthy eating decisions. Sometimes, it can seem like there are too many options, and the information is overwhelming. The following blog post will provide you with some tips on how to eat healthier. 

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but sometimes we need a little help figuring out what other foods should be included in our diet.

Many foods are bad for your health. Some of these foods can cause you to gain weight, some can make you feel sick, and some may even give you cancer.  

For example, the American Institute for Cancer Research has found that people who drink just one soda per day have a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those who do not drink soda at all.  

There is no need to avoid all food with negative side effects- be aware of what’s in your food! Be sure to consult a doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle as well!

Many of the foods that we enjoy and even some that we need for health are bad for our health. These include butter, sugar, salt, and any processed food. The list provided here is not exhaustive but should be a good start in your quest to live a healthier life. 

The people that are reading this blog post are probably wondering how they can stay healthy. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not as easy as it seems, but thankfully there are some foods out there that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  

One of the biggest mistakes people make when eating healthier is thinking about what they can’t have, rather than all the great things they CAN have!

Sometimes, it can be hard to know which foods are bad for your health. So, if you find yourself wondering what types of food are unhealthy, this blog post is for you! Here are five types of food that will harm your body if consumed too often.

We hope that this blog post helps you understand why it’s important to care about what goes on your plate!

Let’s get started!

1. White bread, refined flours 

By definition, white bread and refined flours, in general, are toxic for your body because they have been stripped of virtually all vitamins, minerals, fibre, and other important nutrients. 

Because of this, the body does not know how to properly digest and assimilate these so-called foods, leading to health problems. 

Refined white flour has also been bleached with chlorine and brominated with bromide, two poisonous chemicals that have been linked to causing thyroid and organ damage. 

2. Sugary drinks

Added sugar is one of the worst ingredients in the modern diet.

However, some sources of sugar are worse than others, and sugary drinks are particularly harmful.

When you drink liquid calories, your brain doesn’t appear to register them as food. Thus, you may end up drastically increasing your total calorie intake.

Sugar can drive insulin resistance when consumed in large amounts and is strongly linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

Unfortunately, it’s also associated with various serious conditions, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Some people believe that sugary drinks are the most fattening aspect of the modern diet — and drinking them in large amounts can drive fat gain and obesity. 

Alternatives

Drink water, soda water, coffee, or tea instead. Adding a slice of lemon to water or soda water can provide a burst of flavour.

3. Hot dogs

Processed meats, in general, are just one of the worst things you can put into your body. 

They’re high in sodium and saturated fats (not the good kind, like those found in coconut) and filled with sodium nitrite (a commonly used preservative that adds colour and flavour to meats) and often other chemicals and dyes.

Consumption of processed meats is associated with a higher incidence of coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitus. 

High intake of red and processed meat is associated with a significantly increased risk of colorectal, colon and rectal cancers. If you want to reduce your risk of cancer, ditch the dogs.

4. Conventional frozen meals 

Most conventionally prepared frozen meals are loaded with preservatives, processed salt, hydrogenated oils and other artificial ingredients. 

Not to mention the fact that most frozen meals have been heavily pre-cooked, rendering their nutrient content minimal at best (especially after getting microwaved again at home). 

Except for a few truly healthy frozen meal brands such as Amy’s and Organic Bistro, most frozen meals are little more than a disease in a box, so avoid them in favour of fresh foods. 

5. Most pizzas

Pizza is one of the world’s most popular junk foods.

Most commercial pizzas are made with unhealthy ingredients, including the highly refined dough and heavily processed meat. As a result, pizza also tends to be extremely high in calories.

Alternatives

Some restaurants offer healthier ingredients. Homemade pizzas can also be very healthy, as long as you choose wholesome ingredients.

6. White rice 

Like white bread, white rice has been stripped of most of its nutrients and separated from the bran and germ, two natural components that make up rice in its brown form. 

Even so-called “fortified” white rice is nutritionally deficient. However, the body still processes this refined food much differently than brown rice, which is absorbed more slowly and does not cause the same spike in blood sugar as white rice does. 

7. Pretzels

Pretzels were the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing type of food. I mean, who didn’t pound them years ago while watching “Friends,” thinking they were “fat-free”? Talk about a food 180. 

Pretzels are all refined carbs. In other words, you might as well be throwing back jelly beans.

They have no fibre, no protein and no healthy fat to keep you satisfied or add health benefits to the calories you’re consuming. 

Instead, go for a small handful of nuts or other snacks full of fibre. Data indicates diets rich in high-fibre whole grains are associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and type 2 diabetes. 

It’s also been shown that people who consume whole grains versus refined have better lipid profiles and glycemic control.

8. Most fruit juices

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Fruit juice is often assumed to be healthy.

While juice contains some antioxidants and vitamin C, it also packs high amounts of liquid sugar.

Fruit juice harbours just as much sugar as sugary drinks like Coke or Pepsi — and sometimes even more.

Alternatives

Some fruit juices have been shown to have health benefits despite their sugar content, such as pomegranate and blueberry juices.

However, these should be considered occasional supplements, not an everyday part of your diet.

9. Microwaveable popcorn 

This processed food is a favourite among moviegoers and regular snackers alike, but it is one of the unhealthiest foods you can eat. 

Practically every component of microwaveable popcorn, from the genetically modified (GM) corn kernels to the processed salt and preservative chemicals used to enhance its flavour, is unhealthy and disease-promoting. 

On top of this, microwaveable popcorn contains a chemical known as diacetyl that can destroy your lungs. 

If you love popcorn, stick with organic kernels that you can pop yourself in a kettle and douse with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and Himalayan pink salt. 

10. Sweetened breakfast cereals

Breakfast cereals are processed cereal grains, such as wheat, oats, rice, and corn.

They’re especially popular among children and frequently eaten with milk.

The grains are roasted, shredded, pulped, rolled, or flaked to make them more palatable. They’re generally high in added sugar.

The main downside of most breakfast cereals is their high added sugar content. Some are so sweet that they could even be compared to candy.

Alternatives

Choose breakfast cereals that are high in fibre and low in added sugar. Even better, make your own oat porridge from scratch.

11. Processed meat

Even though unprocessed meat can be healthy and nutritious, the same is not true for processed meats.

Studies show that people who eat processed meats have a higher risk of many serious ailments, including colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Most of these studies are observational in nature, meaning that they can’t prove that processed meat is to blame. However, the statistical link is strong and consistent between studies.

Alternatives

If you want to eat bacon, sausages, or pepperoni, try to buy from local butchers who don’t add many unhealthy ingredients.

12. Cured meat products with nitrates, nitrites 

Deli meats, summer sausage, hot dogs, bacon, and many other types of meat sold at the grocery store are often loaded with sodium nitrite and other chemical preservatives that have been linked to causing heart disease and cancer. 

If you eat meat, stick with uncured, nitrite and nitrate-free varieties, preferably those from organic, grass-fed animals. 

13. Processed cheese

Cheese is healthy in moderation.

It’s loaded with nutrients, and a single slice packs all the nutrients as a glass of milk.

Still, processed cheese products are nothing like regular cheese. Instead, they’re mostly made with filler ingredients that are engineered to have a cheese-like appearance and texture.

Make sure to read labels to confirm that your cheese contains dairy and few artificial ingredients.

Alternatives

Eat real cheese instead. Healthy types include feta, mozzarella, and cottage cheeses. Many vegan cheese alternatives can also be good choices.

14. Fried, grilled, or broiled food

Frying, grilling, and broiling are among the unhealthiest cooking methods.

Foods cooked in these ways are often highly palatable and calorie-dense. But, unfortunately, several types of harmful chemical compounds also form when food is cooked under high heat.

These include acrylamides, acrolein, heterocyclic amines, oxysterols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

Many chemicals formed during high-heat cooking have been linked to an increased risk of cancer and heart disease.

Alternatives

To improve your health, choose milder and healthier cooking methods, such as boiling, stewing, blanching, and steaming.

15. Most fast-food meals

Generally speaking, fast-food chains serve junk food.

Most of their offerings are mass-produced and low in nutrients.

Despite their low prices, fast foods may contribute to disease risk and harm your general wellness. So you should especially watch out for fried items.

Alternatives

As a result of mounting pressure, many fast-food chains have started offering healthy options.

16. Candy bars

Candy bars are incredibly unhealthy.

They’re high in sugar, refined wheat flour, and processed fats while also very low in essential nutrients.

What’s more, these treats will leave you hungry because of the way that your body metabolizes these sugar bombs.

Alternatives

Eat fruit or a piece of quality dark chocolate instead.

17. Most conventional protein, energy bars 

By the way, they are often marketed; it might seem as though protein and energy bars are a strong addition to a healthy diet. 

But more often than not, these meal replacements contain processed soy protein, refined sugar, hydrogenated fat, and other harmful additives that contribute to chronic illness. 

Not all protein and energy bars are bad, of course — Thunderbird Energetica, Organic Food Bar, Boku Superfood, Vega Sport, PROBAR, and Zing all make healthy protein and energy bars. 

Just be sure to read the ingredient labels and know what you are buying.

18. Pastries, cookies, and cakes

Most pastries, cookies, and cakes are unhealthy if eaten in excess.

Packaged versions are generally made with refined sugar, refined wheat flour, and added fats. In addition, shortening, which may be high in unhealthy trans fats, is sometimes added.

These treats might be tasty, but they have almost no essential nutrients, copious calories, and many preservatives.

Alternatives

If you can’t stay away from dessert, spring for Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, or dark chocolate.

19. Ice cream

Ice cream may be delicious, but it’s loaded with sugar.

This dairy product is also high in calories and easy to overeat. If you eat it as a dessert, you’re usually piling it on top of your normal calorie intake.

Alternatives

It’s possible to opt for healthier brands or make your own ice cream using fresh fruit and less sugar.

20. Margarine 

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Hidden in all sorts of processed foods, margarine, a hydrogenated trans-fat oil, is something you will want to avoid at all costs for your health. 

Contrary to popular belief, butter and saturated fats, in general, are not unhealthy, especially when they are derived from pastured animals that feed on grass rather than corn and soy. 

And if animal-based fats are not for you, stick with extra-virgin coconut oil or olive oil rather than margarine. 

21. French fries and potato chips

Whole, white potatoes are very healthy.

However, the same cannot be said of French fries and potato chips.

These foods are very high in calories, and it’s easy to eat excessive amounts. Several studies link French fries and potato chips to weight gain.

These foods may also contain large amounts of acrylamides, which are carcinogenic substances that form when potatoes are fried, baked, or roasted.

Alternatives

Potatoes are best consumed boiled, not fried. If you need something crunchy to replace potato chips, try baby carrots or nuts.

22. Soy milk and soy-based meat substitutes 

One of the biggest health frauds of modern times, the soy craze, is a fad you will want to skip. 

Besides the fact that nearly all non-organic soy ingredients are of GM origin, most soy additives are processed using a toxic chemical known as hexane, which is linked to causing congenital disabilities, reproductive problems, and cancer. 

Soy that has not been fermented is also highly estrogenic, which can throw your natural hormone balance out of whack. 

23. Low-carb junk foods

Low-carb diets are very popular.

While you can eat plenty of whole foods on such a diet, you should watch out for processed low-carb replacement products. These include low-carb candy bars and meal replacements.

These foods are often highly processed and packed with additives.

Alternatives

If you’re on a low-carb diet, aim for naturally low in carbs, including eggs, seafood, and leafy greens.

24. Gluten-free junk foods

About one-third of the U.S. population actively tries to avoid gluten.

Yet, people often replace healthy, gluten-containing foods with processed junk foods that happen to be gluten-free.

These gluten-free replacement products are often high in sugar and refined grains like corn starch or tapioca starch. These ingredients may trigger rapid spikes in blood sugar and are low in essential nutrients.

Alternatives

Choose naturally gluten-free foods, such as unprocessed plant and animal foods

25. “Diet” anything 

Many so-called “diet” products on the market today contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and sucralose (Splenda), both of which are linked to causing neurological damage, gastrointestinal problems, and endocrine disruption. 

Many diet products also contain added chemical flavouring agents to take the place of fat and other natural components that have been removed to reduce calorie content artificially. 

Instead, stick with whole foods that are as close to nature as possible, including high-fat foods grown the way nature intended, and your body will respond surprisingly well. 

26. Most highly processed foods

The simplest way to eat healthily and lose weight is to avoid processed foods as much as possible.

Processed foods are often packaged and loaded with excess salt or sugar.

Alternatives

When you’re shopping, make sure to read food labels. Try to load up your cart with plenty of veggies and other whole foods.

27. Low-fat yogurt

Yogurt can be incredibly healthy.

Nonetheless, most yogurts found in the grocery store are bad for you.

They’re often low in fat but loaded with sugar to compensate for the flavour that fat provides. Put simply; most yogurt has had its healthy, natural fats replaced with an unhealthy ingredient.

Additionally, many yogurts don’t provide probiotic bacteria as generally believed. Instead, they’re often pasteurized, which kills most of their bacteria.

Alternatives

Choose regular, full-fat yogurt that contains live or active cultures (probiotics). If possible, buy varieties from grass-fed cows.

28. Agave nectar

Agave nectar is a sweetener that’s often marketed as healthy.

However, it’s highly refined and extremely high in fructose. High amounts of fructose from added sweeteners can be absolutely disastrous for health.

In fact, agave nectar is even higher in fructose than many other sweeteners.

Whereas table sugar is 50% fructose and high-fructose corn syrup is around 55%, agave nectar is 85% fructose.

Alternatives

Stevia and erythritol are healthy, natural, and calorie-free alternatives.

29. High-calorie coffee drinks

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Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and offers many benefits.

Notably, coffee drinkers have a lower risk of serious diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s.

At the same time, the creamers, syrups, additives, and sugars that are frequently added to coffee are highly unhealthy.

These products are just as harmful as any other sugar-sweetened beverage.

Alternatives

Drink plain coffee instead. You can add small amounts of heavy cream or full-fat milk if you desire.

30. Anything with added sugar or refined grains

It’s important to avoid — or at least limit — foods that contain added sugar, refined grains, and artificial trans fats.

These are some of the unhealthiest but most common ingredients in the modern diet. Thus, the importance of reading labels cannot be overstated.

This even applies to so-called health foods.

Alternatives

Aim for nutrient-dense, whole foods, such as fresh fruits and whole grains.

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