You are trying to live a healthy lifestyle? It all starts with a good diet. Here is a list of 20 unhealthy foods you should stop eating ASAP.
1. Gluten-free food
The problem with gluten-free diets is that gluten is replaced with sugar, unhealthy oils and refined grains like corn starch or tapioca starch. These refined starches lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar, and are extremely low in essential nutrients.
One slice of delivered pizza can contain a full day’s worth of sodium depending on the toppings and type of crust you order. Try to cut on processed meat and cheese when choosing your toppings.
Margarine is used to be considered a healthy alternative to butter. It contains a high percentage of trans fat, which is considered the worst fat to eat. Trans fat is a toxic fat that you should avoid. It increases bad cholesterol and damages blood vessels. You are better using real butter than margarine.
4. Potato chips
It is not a secret, that potato chips are bad for your health. Sweet potato chips are a healthier option. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin B6, which help reduce heart deseases. The are also high in vitamin C, vitamin D, iron and magnesium.
5. White bread
Most white breads are made with unrefined wheat, which is low in essential nutrients and leads to a rapid spike in blood sugar. Whole-grain bread is a great option as it contains more fibres and nutrients.
We all know that fast-food is bad for our health. I understand that sometime you might not want to cook and ordering fast-food is the easy solution. These places are quite cheap but the food provided has very little nutritional values. Fortunately, all sort of healthy fast-food places have started to pop up.
7. Carbonated drinks
It is common knowldge that carbonated drinks contein sugar. Even the diet ones are bad for you. You can replace carbonated drinks by water or herbal teas.
8. Candy bar
Candy bars are extremely unhealthy. There is a reason why we are always told to not eat too many candies. Candy bars are high in sugar, refined wheat flour, processed fats and provide very few nutrients.
9. Ice cream
We all agree that ice creams are delicious. But, these are high in saturated fat, sugar and calories. It can contribute to heart disease. You can make your own ice cream using healthy ingredients.
10. Agave nectar
Agave nectar was considered as an alternative of sugar for a long time. But it is actually just as unhealthy as sugar. Try honey intead, preferable raw honey.
11. Processed cheese
So don’t misunderstand me OK! Regular cheese is healthy. A single slice of cheese has the same nutrients as a glass of milk. But, processed cheese, on the other hand are high in sodium. So make sure to read the label carefully before buying cheese.
12. Processed meat
Even though unprocessed meat is healthy and nutritious, processed meat like deli meat, sausages and bacon are high in sodium. If you really want to eat processed meat, then try to buy them from local shops to get the best quality meat.
13. Sugary Coffee Drinks
Although coffee can be very healthy and loaded with antioxidants, high-calorie coffee drinks have a ton of empty calories and sweetener. Drink plan coffees instead.
14. Sugary cereals
Here is another unhealthy food that you are familiar with. Most cereals, especially those aimed at children, are loaded with sugar.