7 Foods That Are Harmful To Your Health

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Food On 1st February 2018

There are so many foods on the market right now that promote healthy, low fat, and sugar-free, but in reality, these foods can much worse than the regular products. These products contain additional additives that are supposed to mimic the flavor of the real thing. When something says organic or fat-free doesn’t mean that it is good for you. No matter what the label says, be sure to steer clear of these foods.

Canned Tomatoes

Most of us know that BPA is harmful. BPA, shortened from bisphenol-a is a chemical used to coat the lining of cans and most plastic products. BPA can leach into foods and drinks by way of plastic containers, Tupperware, bottles, and cans. So, canned tomatoes have an especially high risk of leaching BPA into the tomatoes because of the acidity. This is not to say that other canned goods do not also pose BPA exposure risks (they most certainly do), but tomatoes are one of the worst offenders.

Children are most susceptible to the effects of BPA chemicals. Below are just a few of the detected health problems resulting from BPA exposure.

hormonal disruption

reproductive harm

increased risk of certain cancers

malformation of organs in children

risk of miscarriage

sperm defects

increased risk of mental disabilities in babies.

Countries including Canada, the European Union, China and the US have already banned BPA in baby bottles and baby food packaging, and in some case, children’s sippy cups.

Processed Meats

In several studies, people who ate the most processed meat had higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Processed meat is meat that has been preserved by curing, salting, smoking, drying or canning.

Food products categorized as processed meat include:

Sausages, hot dogs, salami.

Bacon, ham.

Salted and cured meat, corned beef.

Smoked meat.

Dried meat, beef jerky.

Canned meat.

Consuming processed meats increases the risk of colorectal cancer, according to a large number of studies, including the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Studies also show a strong link between other types of cancer and processed meats. An NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, for example, found that processed red meat was associated with a 10 percent increased risk of prostate cancer with every 10 grams of increased intake. A study in Taiwan showed that consumption of cured and smoked meat can increase children’s risk for leukemia. A study in Australia found that women’s risk for ovarian cancer increased as a result of eating processed meats.

Margarine

Saturated fat found in butter, meat or cream is unlikely to kill you, but margarine just might, new research suggests. However, trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the risk of death by 34 percent. According to Dr. Mary Enig, author of Know Your Fats (affiliate link), consuming trans fatty acids "Affects immune response by lowering efficiency of B cell response and increasing proliferation of T cells." This decreases the body’s immune response.

Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils are oils that have been extracted from various seeds. The most common include rapeseed (canola oil), soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, peanut, etc. Unlike coconut oil or olive oil that can be extracted by pressing, these new-fangled oils have to be extracted in very unnatural ways.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential fats that our bodies need for brain health and development, nervous system health, hormone production, cellular health, skin health and more. These key fats must be obtained from the diet in the proper balance

The ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is between 4:1 and 2:1. Unfortunately, many of us consume far too many Omega 6s in a ratio that is closer to 20:1. Excessive Omega 6 consumption can lead to inflammation and promote a variety of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune diseases.

Processed vegetable oils are much higher in Omega 6 fatty acids, which can lead to a pro-inflammatory response throughout our bodies.

Oils to avoid completely

Here’s the big list I avoid as much as possible:

Canola Oil

Corn Oil

Soybean Oil

“Vegetable” oil

Peanut Oil

Sunflower Oil

Safflower Oil

Cottonseed Oil

Grapeseed Oil

Margarine

Shortening

Any fake butter substitutes

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