Dangerous Foods for Your Health
It’s a battle between the “healthy” food vs. the “unhealthy” ones. Food is essential in our body. Without this, we wouldn’t have the right amount of nutrients needed to keep us stronger and healthier and at the same time, help us last throughout the day. However, there are certain foods which must be avoided since it can bring more harm than we thought. Here are 10 surprising foods that may be harmful to one’s health and should be taken in moderation or not at all.
Nectar and Fruit Juices
Fruit juices are prepared by mechanically squeezing a fruit to bring out the juices contained in it. On the other hand, nectar juices are fruit drinks with lower fruit juice content, usually 25% to 50% fruit juice only, and diluted with water. Although it is enticing to buy because of the word “fruit” or “natural fruit,” most juices of these types still contain additives such as natural or artificial sweeteners, preservatives and added aroma. Don’t be fooled by what the label says. In general, sweets are harmful to the body, especially when taken excessively. If you really want a real fruit drink, then take real fruits instead or squeeze the juice out of it.
According to studies, eating peanuts reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases because it helps lower one’s triglyceride levels. It also contains folate, vitamin E, magnesium and fiber which can also help in maintaining your weight. Despite these, peanuts can be harmful for the body because it is one of the most pesticide-contaminated crops. And since one cup of peanuts has 828 calories, overeating may result to weight gain because of the calories and fats it contains. So much more for other peanut products like honey roasted or salted ones.
Ice cream is definitely irresistible especially during summer. While it may bring temporary comfort to help you feel cool on a sunny day, ice cream can be harmful to your health too. It is loaded with sugar which means high calorie content that can contribute to diabetes, obesity and hyperactivity. It also contains artificial flavors and sweeteners that can be harmful to the liver and kidney as well as emulsifiers and thickeners to enhance the texture of the ice cream.
Upon its inception in the early 1860s, granola bars has become known as a healthy choice for your first meal of the day. Although it used to be healthy back then as an alternative to bread and eggs, commercialization has introduced granola bars to dried fruit, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup and puffed rice at present. Hence, they are no different from your ordinary cookie that is also full of additives and can make you gain weight.
Due to the increasing costs of ingredients, some companies use cheaper ingredients in manufacturing soy. Instead of using real soybeans, manufacturers make use of hydrolyzed soy protein in its production. But since it doesn’t contain the natural color of the soy, caramel colors will be added. Aside from this, commercially-produced soy products contain carcinogenic chemicals and high sodium content which can result to heart problems and high blood pressure. It also doesn’t have isoflavones, a compound found in natural soy, which can help prevent cancer and bone loss.
A staple food that is best combined with burgers and pasta, cheese is definitely one of the most sought after products in the market even to this date. However, too much cheese can be harmful to one’s health and skin for being high in cholesterol and fat. Cheese contains saturated fat which can result to uneven skin tone, redness and blemishes. It also has high sodium content which causes you to retain water. Hence too much cheese can make your skin dry due to too much salt.
Touted as the ultimate diet food between the 80s and 90s, rice cakes are nothing but carbohydrates and have a glycemic index rate of 91 out of 100. And since rice cakes contain little fiber and less protein, the carbohydrates that go inside your body will be converted into blood glucose that can make your blood sugar increase crazily and excessively produce insulin. And once your blood sugar drops, your body will crave for more.
Promoted as a food that keeps a healthy digestive system and a great source of calcium and protein, it’s no wonder why there is a ‘yogurt craze’ these days. While yogurt may be good for one’s body because of the presence of live bacteria called Bifidus regularis, too much consumption of yogurt can be harmful too. It can result to bloating, diarrhea, cramps and excess gas because Bifidus regularis helps increase the amount of waste production in one’s colon. It can also increase the risk of digestive system infection which can affect one’s metabolism and can cause weight gain.
The yellowish lining covered in rich tomato sauce and meatballs can be really tempting. However,too much pasta is dangerous to one’s health. Pasta, particularly the white ones, is made of refined white flour that does not contain any health benefits. It is only rich in glycemic index carbohydrates that will aid in releasing sugar quickly in the bloodstream, hence affecting your metabolism. It can also increase bad LDL cholesterol which may lead to heart complications or blockage in the arteries.
Saturated fat can be found in a lot of foods such as beef, pork, lamb, butter, vegetable oil, coconut oil and even in chocolate bars. Aside from cholesterol, foods that are rich in saturated fat contain palmitic acid which slows down the conversion of fat into energy, thus resulting to being overweight. Further, it can aid in the development of diseased arteries when saturated fat is combined with bad cholesterol.
These are just a few of the many foods that are not good for the health. Although some may be hard to resist, it is important to be aware of the nutrients that a food contains and take it in moderation to prevent health complications in the long run.