It seems like many of the foods that many people like pose danger to health. But even fruits can be contaminated with pesticides and organic vegetables that are not properly handled can be infected with nasty strains of e. coli bacteria. As put forward by British musician Joe Jackson in one of his songs, “Everything gives you cancer.” There’s no way to run and nowhere to hide.
There’s a long list of “bad” foods on several sites on the internet and these ones usually appear in those enumerations.
Sugary drinks. Sugary drinks are beverages that contain added sugars or sweeteners. Sugary drinks include soda and other carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit-flavored or powdered drinks, vitamin-enhanced drinks, sweetened tea and coffee drinks, and flavored milk or milk alternatives.
Most pizzas. Most commercially prepared pizzas are made with seriously unhealthy ingredients. The dough is made from highly refined wheat flour, and the meats on them are usually processed. Pizza is also extremely high in calories.
Most fruit juices. Many fruit juices are actually little more than fruit-flavored sugar water. It is true that the juice contains some antioxidants and vitamin C, but this must be weighed against the large amount of liquid sugar. In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar as sugary drinks like soft drinks, and sometimes even more.
Industrial vegetable oils. These oils are very high in omega-6 fatty acids, which humans never consumed in such large amounts before. There are many serious concerns with these oils. They are highly sensitive to oxidation and cause increased oxidative stress in the body. They have also been linked to increased risk of cancer. Alternatives: Use healthier fats like coconut oil, butter, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil instead (healthline.com).
Pastries, cookies, and cakes. Most pastries, cookies and cakes are extremely unhealthy. They are generally made with refined sugar, refined wheat flour and added fats, which are often disturbingly unhealthy fats like shortening (high in trans fats).
French fries and potato chips. These foods are very high in calories, and it is easy to eat excessive amounts. Several studies link consumption of french fries and potato chips with weight gain.These foods may also contain large amounts of acrylamides, carcinogenic substances that form when potatoes are fried, baked or roasted. Alternatives: Potatoes are best consumed boiled, not fried. If you need something crunchy to replace potato chips, try baby carrots or nuts (healthline.com).
Ice cream. Ice cream is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. Unfortunately, it is also one of the unhealthiest. Most commercial ice cream is loaded with sugar. Ice cream is also high in calories, and it is very easy to eat excessive amounts. Alternatives: It is possible to make your own ice cream using healthier ingredients and significantly less (or no) sugar.
Fried chicken. There’s no doubt about it, fried chicken is one of those comfort foods that we can’t help but love. But let’s face it, fried chicken is usually considered a guilty pleasure, as it’s not the healthiest of choices. … You can significantly cut the fat content of fried chicken if you remove the skin before cooking (chicken.ca).
Processed meat. In general, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, pastrami, and many other processed meats are fattier, saltier, higher in calories, and contain more additives than unprocessed red meats such as beef, pork, and lamb.
Margarine. Margarine used to be considered a healthy alternative to butter. Fortunately, most people have now realized that this is far from being true. Margarine is a highly processed pseudo-food that has been engineered to look and taste like butter. It is loaded with artificial ingredients, and is usually made with industrial vegetable oils that have been hydrogenated to make them more solid. This increases their trans fat content significantly (healthline.com).