Food, glorious food! Those words are as accurate today as they were back in 1960—when Charles Dickens’ famous work was first transformed into a musical—in describing our society’s fascination with what we eat. However, while the characters who were singing about food in this play were genuinely starving, the problem that economically developed countries have these days is the exact opposite. We have an overabundance of food, and as a result we cause our own health problems, often sprouting from overconsumption of food, or even the consumption of the wrong kinds of food. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and many other health problems can shorten your life significantly, and they can all be affected by the eating decisions that you make. Furthermore, if you aren’t treating yourself well, you might need private health insurance to cover your medical costs. So if you want to give your diet a healthy overhaul, here are seven foods that you should definitely avoid.
Yes they are delicious, yes they come in diet versions, but no they are not good for you. They are so loaded with so much sugar that they are basically a can of fat and cavities. Furthermore, despite the lesser amount of calories that come from “light” versions, they are still filled with artificial sweeteners and other chemicals that will basically rot your body. If they are in your food storage too long, they will also gain some of the harmful chemicals from the plastic and metal containers.
2. Regular/Whole Milk
Don’t be fooled by the name of this milk, it contains almost four percent milk fat, and as such is a heart attack waiting to happen. It will raise your cholesterol levels, promote inflammation, and contribute towards arteries clogging. Do yourself a favour, and switch to reduced or low fat milk.
3. White Bread
White bread is not necessarily terrible for you, but wheat bread is much better. It can lower your blood pressure, lower your sugar intake, and thus reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and so on.
It might go without saying, as any food that combines bread, cheese, and sugary tomato sauce is likely to be terrible for you, but pizza really is the worst. Just take a look at a pizza next time you see one, and you will see a shiny sheen of oil on top of it. It might be what makes the pizza taste good, but it is also what is going to give you some serious health problems if you eat too much of it.
About 80 percent of the calories from hot dogs come from saturated fat. And no wonder, these things are so heavily processed that you could actually be eating just about anything, and you wouldn’t know it. Not to mention the sugar and fat that is in the white bread bun.
6. Microwave Popcorn
Let’s get this straight, popcorn itself is not bad for you. However, when you get some brands of microwave popcorn, and especially popcorn that you buy at the cinema, it is loaded up with so much salt and butter that it is one of the worst things that you can eat.
7. Fast Food
There are always exceptions, but just about anything that you can get at a fast food restaurant is going to be so loaded up with chemicals, fats, and preservatives, that it is absolutely not something that you want to put in your body.
Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health and fitness. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.