Top 5 Worst Foods That Will Ruin Your Health
I’ll be honest with you, I LOVE FOOD! I think it’s better to put it out there now before we begin. I love food so much that my Highschool friends nicknamed me ‘Foodarius‘, which is a made-up name for the Greek god of food (don’t bother looking it up, it doesn’t exist). Well, I can’t speak for my belly but a wise man once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” Yeah, we’re the best. But sometimes I’ll just sit there craving unhealthy foods and I’m certain I’m not alone in this. Did you know that there are certain foods that do more harm than good when consumed? I know everyone deserves to treat themselves to ‘that tasty food‘ every now and then, but before you dig in, there are foods you should stay away from that could cause devastating effects to your body, skin, and waistline.
Here, I’ll be sharing the top 5 foods to push off your plate for good no matter how tasty they may be. I know this is going to be difficult, especially if you have a sweet tooth, but the sooner you take them off your diet, the better. Below are the top 5 worst foods that will ruin your health.
1. Frosting or Icing.
That sweet sensation you get with icing in your mouth is so amazing that words can’t describe. Icing (often called frosting in the U.S.) is made of sugar with either water or milk. I remember when we were kids, we would fight over the frosting on cakes at birthday parties (#Sigh, the good old days). Frosting might taste great with cakes and cookies, but it’s packed with problems you probably never knew. Frosting is one of the few items in the grocery store that still has ‘trans fats,’ and they are terrible for your health and waistline.
From what we learned in chemistry, trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Trans fat raises bad cholesterol, lowers good cholesterol, and causes inflammation, which can lead to belly fat and diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Also, frosting is loaded with sugar, and high-sugar diets contribute to premature aging and wrinkling. Next time you’re served a slice of cake with frosting on it, save yourself by taking off the frosting.
2. Processed Baked Foods.
So convenient, so tasty (if we’re honest with ourselves), but so not worth it. Those muffins, doughnuts, buns, and dessert cakes might want to drive you crazy but they will add tons of calories and unwanted sugar to your diet, plus they aren’t easy to digest. These foods are bad on so many levels because they’re filled with high sugar content and preservatives for a longer shelf-life — they can literally sit there forever. Sugar increases inflammation in the skin, which on top of irritating acne and rosacea, can make you look puffy and bloated. Why bother with all these when you can just eat fruits and look healthy.
Dietitians, Food Microbiologists, and Biochemists all agree that Soda should be cut entirely from your diet. One can of soda is like a can of water with ten packets of sugar in it. So many people drink Soda every single day like it’s water just because it makes them feel good. The recommended amount of daily sugar for a human is about six teaspoons or 24 grams, and soda has way more than that. Remember that nothing beats good old-fashioned water which is still the best option to stay hydrated. If you want to jazz it up a little, add a slice of fresh fruit for flavor.
If you find it difficult to stay away from soda and sugary foods, read the article below to find out other things you may be addicted to.
4. Sugary Cereal.
At this rate, I don’t think I can write a complete sentence without mentioning sugar. A bowl of Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, or Cap’n Crunch might taste like ‘heaven-on-earth,’ but it’ll ruin your health soon enough with its unusually high amount of inflammation-causing sugar and gluten content. “For some people with sensitive skin, gluten can exacerbate breakouts leading to increased redness and yes, more breakouts.”
There are other cereals in the market with low sugar content, so opt for gluten-free options like Rice Chex, Golden morn, and Corn Flakes.
5. Stick Margarine.
The next time you’re about to open up that can of soda or devour that slice of cake with frosting, remember this picture below. They may give momentary happiness but it’s happiness that comes at a cost.
There you have it, the top 5 worst foods that could ruin your health when eaten in excess. As a Biochemist, I always try to look at things at a molecular level and show some restraint when my Foodarius instincts are trying to take over. I believe if I can do it, you too can.
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