Are there foods you never should eat?

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You know my answer to that!? Hint: animal products :)

The answer is yes and no. If you crave an ice cream sundae occasionally, have a small one.

But don't make it a daily event.


Instead, offset the chips you ate at your friend’s BBQ with healthier snacks at home.

Healthy eating doesn't mean eliminating certain foods altogether.

However, there are some things that are best eaten only rarely.


The following list of unhealthy foods has been compiled

in part by Harvard nutrition scientists and should be kept to a minimum.


Are there foods you never should eat?

 Harvard Health research suggests that eating these foods regularly

(and to the exclusion of healthier choices) can set the stage for life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease,

high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers.


Added Sugar

Whether it's white granulated sugar, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, or honey, sugar contains almost no nutrients and is pure carbohydrate.

So when you eat a lot of sugar, you are filling up on empty calories, causing your blood sugar to rise and fall like a roller coaster, and it can keep you from eating foods with essential nutrients and fiber.


Research cites soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages as the primary source of added sugar in the American diet and a major contributor to weight gain.

In fact, just one extra 12-ounce can of a typical sweetened beverage a day adds on 15 pounds in a year.

That's not only because the drinks themselves add calories, but also because those liquid calories aren't as satisfying as solid foods.


Baked Sweets

Cookies, snack cakes, doughnuts, pastries, and many other treats are hard to pass up,

but these commercially prepared versions are packed with processed carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and often salt.


White Carbohydrates

Bread, pasta, rice, cookies, cake, or pancakes —

if you enjoy these foods, opt for whole-grain versions.

Yes, you can find or make a whole-grain pancake mix. Whole-wheat pasta and breads are luckily easy to find.

And you can always make your own homemade cookies or bars using grains such as oatmeal, and less sugar and unhealthy fats.



Processed and High-Fat Meats

Shun the cold cuts and "pigs in a blanket."

Despite some conflicting reports,

the balance of the evidence confirms that processed meats like bacon, ham, pepperoni, hot dogs,

and many types of lunch meat are less healthy than protein from nuts, beans, soy, and whole grains.

That said it is best to avoid all animal foods. Even vegans consume many processed “plant-based meats,”

which are highly processed and have no nutritional benefits.



Current dietary guidelines and the American Heart Association recommend reducing sodium to 1,500 mg per day

and not exceeding 2,300 mg per day. But most of us get 1 ½ teaspoon (or 8,500 mg) of salt daily.

That translates to about 3,400 mg of daily sodium.

Your body needs a certain amount of sodium, but too much can increase blood pressure and risk heart disease and stroke.


Plus My Short List:

All Animal Products:

They are the true culprit of all chronic diseases. (Based on the latest research)

Oil & Fats:

Oil has 4000 calories per pound, broccoli has less than 150 calories per pound.

That is the reason I cook without oil...

There are certainly many more foods that don't benefit us in any way, however, check out these Superfoods that keep us healthy.


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