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It seems like we are always craving for food that is our potential “enemy” – you know, the food that cause high cholesterol, or that raise blood pressure, or gives us the waistline we would not like to have. The answer is simple – it tastes good!
Crunchy and creamy sweets and fried dishes that melt in the mouth are both very delicious and very dangerous for our overall health. What should we do? If we can, we need to decrease the intake of that food and to search for the best alternatives.
There is food that is as sweet, crunchy and mouth melting as the one we are used to, but much healthier.
Here is what we need to know about the world’s worst foods we love so much.
Is There Something Bad With Fried Chicken Breasts?
Generally, fried food is bad for people who have weakened immune system and have potential heart problems. The problem lays in heating oil we use to make this dish.
Heating oil changes the molecular structure of the essential fatty acids, and they become oxidized. These molecules damage the surface of body cells and they are, in fact, harmful free radicals.
Although chicken is filled with proteins that are beneficial for our muscles, fried chicken breasts are high in cholesterol, have nearly 400 calories and 22 grams of fat.
You do not have to stop eating chicken breasts; instead, if you wish to stay healthy, you should try them grilled and skinless. It is not the same taste, but grilled breasts are also very delicious, and most importantly (at least for some people) have only 189 calories.
Should We Eat Doughnuts?
We all love them, but they are 30 to 45 percent trans fat. Trans fats are dangerous for heart and brain – they can trigger heart and brain diseases, and even cancer.
Doughnuts are made from white flour, white sugar, and they are deeply fried.
The average doughnut contains about 300 calories and 12 grams of fat, including saturated fat and cholesterol. You can easily reach a daily fat intake with just a couple of doughnuts and a cup of coffee.
Instead of doughnuts, opt for whole-grain bagels (125 calories, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of cholesterol – lowering fiber).
Should We Drink Soda, Diet Soda, And Sweetened Beverages?
The main problem with soda is extreme acidity. It takes over 30 cups of water to neutralize the level of acidity of one cola.
Soda employs our kidneys since they need to filter it, and threaten our bones because calcium is employed as well to help neutralize it. Soda can trigger some other conditions and health problems such as tooth decay, osteoporosis, heart disease, and obesity.
The study showed that a can of soda contain 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, artificial food colors, and sulphites. On the other hand, diet soda contains aspartame (Amino sweet).
Aspartame is linked to the anxiety attacks, sugar cravings, blindness, hearing loss, insomnia, joint pain, learning disabilities, muscle cramps, PMS problems, reproductive problems, chest pain and brain tumors.
Many medical centers, according to different studies and researches, put soda at the top of the worst food list.
Water is the healthiest and cheapest replacement. Other healthy alternatives are juices, (especially homemade), sports drinks, iced tea, milk alternatives, flavored water, etc.
Why Should We Avoid French Fries?
French fries are linked to many different diseases because they contain one potent carcinogen substance – acrylamide.
This substance is a chemical formed when frying, roasting, grilling or baking food rich in carbohydrates at very high temperatures.
Moreover, French fries are made of bad carbohydrates (have a high glycemic index) and often fried in Trans fats.
Studies showed that these fats can raise the level of “bad” cholesterol; saturated fats stay longer in the body and raise circulating blood triglycerides that lower good cholesterol. Trans fats also “help” form clots on the walls of the arteries, which in turn can cause serious heart diseases.
What’s Wrong With Chips?
There is nothing wrong with eating chips besides the fact that one ounce of potato chips has 152 calories and 10 grams of fat of which 3 grams are saturated fat.
In case you eat 3 ounces a week, in a year you will have consumed 23,400 calories. Apart from this, you will gain more pounds (in case you do not exercise) – and have approximately seven pounds more around your waistline.
As for your health, there is a small amount of beneficial nutrients you can gain from potato chips, because almost all potato qualities are lost in the making process.
Some studies showed that potato chips contain the highest levels of acrylamide, which is a carcinogen.
Instead of chips, go for rice and popcorn cakes (both have less than 100 calories per serving). To satisfy your craving for salty food you can try roasted edamme.
How Bad Is White Bread?
Although favored by many, white bread is, in fact, one of the unhealthiest foods we consume almost every day.
The first problem with white bread lays in the quality of the ingredients used for making – it is made of refined grains, which are created when a whole grain is ground and stripped of its vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Many manufactures add vitamins and minerals back in, yet white bread still lacks essential fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, zinc and vitamins.
Our organism absorbs refined grains rapidly, causing sharp spikes in insulin level and blood sugar, thus increasing the risk of heart diseases and type 2 diabetes.
White bread can also cause indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and colon cancer.
Healthy alternative is brown bread (whole grain bread).
Why Shouldn’t We Eat Canned Soups?
Canned soups can be very high in sodium, which can lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Another problem with can soups is related to the toxins of the plastic lining, which, according to studies, can leach food.
Soups cannot be rinsed before cooking, right? Moreover, canned soups are often very low in beneficial nutrients.
However, we can still eat canned soups due to the great choices offered by food market. We can opt for low-sodium soups, frozen and box soups and we can add frozen or fresh vegetables (carrots, peppers, garlic, etc.) when cooking.
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Last article update:02/28/2019