It is no longer news that food gives our bodies the ‘information’ and materials they need to function properly. But, do you know that there are killer foods out there that may be killing you slowly? Funnily, most of us have a number of these foods as regular items on our menu. It is, however, advisable that you analyze what you eat and start making the right choices today.
Here is a list of some foods that could be killing you slowly. Try to avoid, or limit their intake as much as you can, as some of these foods lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Not to forget obesity and all the anxiety and depression that can come with it.
Don’t be shocked, wheat can kill you slowly. This is because wheat contains a carbohydrate – disaccharides – that suddenly and greatly increases your blood sugar levels. This triggers high insulin production and weight gain. Over time, your pancreas will become overworked and you can become insulin resistant, and then you can get diabetes. Although, eating whole grains wheat is said to be associated with various benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease, and high blood pressure, but a high intake of refined grains is linked to health problems like obesity and inflammation.
Canned Tomato Sauce
Canned tomato sauce is one of the killer foods in disguise. It is a hidden source of sugar and it would never even cross your mind that it could lead to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even tooth decay. To avoid these issues, use fresh tomatoes to make the sauce yourself, or switch to pureed tomatoes without the extra sugar or salt and add your own spices. Or at least go for brands with less sugar and sodium.
Note this, carbonated drinks or sodas are one of your worst enemies. They can mess up everything from your skin, blood sugar levels, to your hormones and mood. Forget the marketing and the labels that say it’s good for you or it contains nutrients or vitamins. All they contain are a bunch of sugars, food dyes and preservatives. Meanwhile, sugar-free versions are no better as they are packed with harmful artificial sweeteners. Are you always juice thirsty? Buy a blender or a juice maker and make your own juice.
Vegetable oil is a part of our cuisine and we don’t even think twice about it. But some of these oils are Genetically Modified, and we have no idea yet what long-term effects these products can have. Furthermore, vegetable oils contain dangerous trans-fats that can trigger cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Check the label and if the oil is refined, steer clear of it as it contains free radicals that can help cancer growth, speed up aging, and cause all kinds of trouble. Opt for healthy alternatives such as olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil.
White Bread, Refined White Flour
Many have argued that bread must be good since grains are good. Well, not if it is white bread made from refined flour. What you should know is that white flour is stripped of all the nutritional fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and all you get is grain waste mixed with chemicals to achieve the nice white color. But behind it lies the risk of weight gain, thyroid damage, and organ damage. If you must eat bread, go for whole-grain bread.
No doubt, breast milk is the first food we eat when we’re born. But a mother’s milk is much different than a cow’s milk. In addition, as we age, we develop lactose intolerance. Dairy products are linked with low nutrient absorption, migraines, arthritis, cancer, allergies, and asthma. It’s however, advisable that you forget about those clever marketing tricks of manufacturers. If you must take milk, switch to coconut or almond milk, they taste great won’t kill you slowly like cow milk.
In truth, the smell of barbecue can be hard to resist, but you may need to try harder to resist it.
According to Robert Turesky, an expert in cancer causation at the University of Minnesota, the chemicals that enter the meat during the barbecue process is associated with the risk of pancreatic cancer and breast cancer.
Turesky said Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), which is linked to cancer is formed when fat and juices from meat grilled directly over a heated surface or open fire drip onto the surface or fire, causing flames and smoke.
However, if you can’t resist barbecued meat, try to limit its intake and consider adding some rosemary (the spice) to your hamburger to reduce the amount and number of carcinogens.
If you have a sweet tooth, there are much healthier ways to satisfy your cravings. Sugar is highly addictive, and other than spiking your glucose levels and creating fat, it can lead to heart disease. Avoid sugar as much as you can to decrease the risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease, and much more. Enjoy a bowl of fruit or add honey to your recipes instead of sugar.
Although salt plays a big role in regulating our blood pressure, if you consume too much of it, you are at risk of developing high blood pressure and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, which is among the leading causes of death in the world these days. This doesn’t imply that you cut out salt, because your body still needs it, but it is advisable that you limit the amount and watch out for sodium levels in processed foods.
Better still, go for brown salt which has been found to provide all the essential trace minerals and greatly improves the body’s immune system. According to experts, brown or rock salt fights harmful bacteria and helps kick illnesses to the curb. Brown salt is also said to be beneficial for people suffering from respiratory problems and sinus issues.
Of course, many will disagree, but I’m sorry to break this to you, alcohol has no health benefits.
It is extremely high in calories and can cause dehydration, liver damage, weight gain, depression, and skin problems. Not to mention the bad decisions that could be made under the influence of alcohol. However, if you want to damage all your systems, from the brain to liver, and to skin, believe the marketing strategies of manufacturers and drink alcohol daily. Otherwise, avoid it.