The Top Unhealthiest Foods Worth Avoiding
Despite living in an era where we have unprecedented access to all of humanity’s collective knowledge, many of us are still dangerously uninformed as to what exactly our bodies need, and what’s considered healthy to eat by professionals. Part of this is due to the sheer amount of food that now have available to us throughout the year, but also because of the many wars that the food industry waged in the past to paint a particular food as bad while promoting their own.
What this means for the average person looking to lose weight or improve their health is an overwhelming sense of confusion over what should be eaten every day, and what should be avoided as much as possible. Like all things in life, moderation is key, but these are nonetheless the top foods that should only be avoided as much as possible.
Sugar is one of the leading causes of obesity in the world, and has contributed to the ever-growing problem of diabetes and other nutritional-related conditions. And while sugar comes in many forms and in a wide variety of foods, it’s perhaps its most dangerous in the form of sugary drinks, such as soda. Sugary drinks contain empty calories; meaning that consuming them does not provide any nutritional value whatsoever, but still provides a high calorie intake, which is often immediately converted into fat, and drives insulin resistance in the body. Sugary drinks have also been linked with heart and fatty liver disease.
Everyone loves pizza, and it’s the perfect snack to sit down and eat while watching television or playing real money online pokies, but unfortunately it’s one of the most calorie-dense foods in the world, especially pizzas that have multiple layers of cheese. Commercial pizzas tend to be made from unhealthy ingredients, with the dough itself made from highly refined wheat flour. Homemade pizza using healthy, local ingredients is viable, however, and can even be extremely healthy.
In the past, bread tended to be made from a range of wholesome ingredients, and became a staple around the world. But modern processing techniques have all but stripped the nutritional value from bread, and this is especially prevalent in processed white bread, which are made from refined wheat. Refined white bread has also been linked to the increased rate of gluten intolerance, as well as more cases of celiac disease than ever.
It may come as a surprise to some, but fruit juice is considered extremely unhealthy by professional nutritionists. Fruit on its own contains a lot of sugar in the form of fructose, but due to the presence of fibre in the fruit, the body can easily absorb fructose. Fruit choice contains none of this fibre, meaning that it’s introduced into the body in the form of pure sugar, which is almost as unhealthy as soda.
The increased consumption of added fats is becoming a serious problem, and vegetable oils, such as corn oil, soybean oil, and canola oil are to blame. Instead, opt for coconut oil, butter, and virgin olive oil for all cooking purposes.