We’re often warned by our friends, family and the local general practitioner about the types of foods we should avoid to maintain good health. These foods are usually linked to weight gain and could potentially destroy your body before you know it. Remember to enjoy healthy foods in moderation, and keep sweets and sugary snacks to a minimum.
1. White bread
Once upon a time white bread was a staple in not only lunch-boxes but also in the pantry. But did you know it has little nutritional value for your body and keeping healthy? One of the biggest problems about white bread (apart from being so tasty), is that it includes a tremendous amount of sugar. If you love the texture of white bread but don’t want to harm your health in the long-run, opt for wholemeal which is a healthier and lighter option.
2. Processed meat
Processed meats such as hot dogs contain a bunch of preservatives which your body doesn’t need. Eating this sort of food on a regular basis could lead to heart disease, high cholesterol and even type-2 diabetes if you’re not careful. If you’re still craving food with added protein to keep fuller for longer, look for tuna, yoghurt or eggs which are a healthier alternative when eaten in moderation.
3. Soft drinks
This is probably the most obvious of the entire bunch, but soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar that could jeopardise a healthy body. Linked to both childhood (also adult) obesity and type-2 diabetes, the consumption of soft drinks, processed fruit juices and energy drinks should be kept to a minimum.
Created hundreds of years ago as a substitute to butter, margarine is now made from vegetable-oil which can be used for a variety of dishes or desserts. Unfortunately margarine contains trans fats which increase the risk of heart disease by increasing the bad cholesterol found in blood.
5. Frozen food
Although they are convenient to pop into the oven or microwave for a filling meal without the hassle of cooking, frozen foods are filled with variations of fat and salt not to mention preservatives. However, you shouldn’t be scared of everything frozen. Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals which are great to keep in the freezer for whenever you might need them.
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By Felicia Sapountzis