Once we enter the age group of 40 and above, it’s time to be aware and watchful about what goes through that mouth. What was Easy to eat at the age of 20, ok to have at 30, may not be good when we enter the age group of 40 and above. Many of this food that we shall talk about today does have far-reaching health hazards than we can imagine.
Margarine is loaded with processed oils and huge doses of saturated fats. As if that isn’t bad enough, many margarine brands use propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a synthetic compound, which research has shown to increase cholesterol levels and cause weight gain. For healthier options choose clarified butter, coconut, and olive oil.
Soda and Aerated Drinks.
Choosing soda over H2O is a bad decision, but exactly makes the caramel-colored soft drink so bad for you? Sugary drinks like soda have toxic chemicals. A 2014 study from Consumer Reports and Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future showed that the chemical 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) could increase your risk of developing cancer. Check out these other disturbing facts about soda.
The artificial food dyes you see in many baked goods, candies, and other processed foods could cause serious side effects to your health. Despite being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these dyes may contain cancer-causing contaminants. If you want to add a pop of color to your food, go for natural sources, like beet juice, green cold-pressed juices, or paprika.
We hate to break it to you, but the deli meat in your sandwiches might not be all that it seems. A closer look at the ingredients label reveals sky-high levels of belly-bloating sodium, nitrate preservatives, modified corn starch, and carrageenan. So the next time you’re craving a sub, be sure to consult our list of the best and worst deli meats and enjoy uncured meats sparingly.
Refined grains are stripped of fiber and other nutrients to render a soft, pillowy texture. However, refined and processed grains are also high-glycemic, which means that they cause your blood sugar levels to rise and fall quickly. Consuming too many of these refined foods can lead to metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, so it’s best to ditch the white pasta and opt for whole wheat or bean-based pasta. That is also why it is advisable to drop white bread.
Canned fruit might seem like a great shortcut, but it’s just a quick route to belly fat. Packed with syrup, artificial flavorings, and other nasty additives, you’re opening a can of waist-widening worms. Even unsweetened varieties are missing the crucial fiber, and vitamin content might be degraded in the canning process.
Not reading the product label and selecting your Pancake syrup can prove to be expensive. That syrup you choose to drizzle your hotcakes could be made with high fructose corn syrup, a sugar that has been linked to metabolic syndrome and increased belly fat. Instead, stick to real maple syrup, which contains trace minerals.
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