As we become more aware of what’s in our food, it’s up to us to make more informed decisions.
The words of Hippocrates have continued to resonate with us, providing a clear picture of what food means to us as humans — “Let your food by thy medicine.”
Just as nutrient-dense foods can protect you against disease; nutrient-void, processed foods have been linked to disease.
From type II diabetes to cancer, it’s important that you re-evaluate your weekly grocery shopping list.
Starting with the 8 foods below, it’s time to clear out your fridge and pantry — never buying these items again.
Stay Away From These 8 Foods — For Good!
We all love a treat or two every now and again, but regularly consuming ‘garbage’ foods can wreak havoc on your overall health.
What tastes great short-term can cause a growing list of long-term health complications.
You may not have even realized that the foods below are bad for you — which is even more reason to re-evaluate your current diet.
- Fruit juice
When you think of fruit juice, you think vitamin C and other micronutrients. The truth is, fruit juice can be nearly as bad as soda.
Sure, juice offers more nutrients than soda, but it is the high level of fructose that you need to be concerned with.
Although our bodies utilize glucose, fructose is processed in the liver where it is then converted into fat.
- Farmed fish
Wait a minute… isn’t fish a highly recommended food? There’s no doubt that wild fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and B-vitamins — but there’s a dark side to farmed fish.
Other than moral concerns regarding the treatment of these fish, farmed salmon and tilapia are fed low-quality food and are exposed to potent toxins.
- Microwave popcorn
Popcorn is said to be high in fiber, making it a great low-calorie snack — but only when it’s made using traditional air-popped methods.
Microwave popcorn is packed full of questionable ingredients and the bags are lined with nonstick chemicals.
Linked to a range of diseases, including cancer, these chemicals aren’t necessary in order to enjoy your favorite movie snack.
Margarine was first invented to ‘save the day — as it was considered to be a heart-healthy option. As society moved away from more natural sources of fat, such as butter, chemically processed margarine took its place.
High in trans fats — sources of these dangerous fats have actually been linked to heart disease. Even those that are ‘trans-fat-free,’ are still not naturally derived.
- Vegetable oils
Although created from natural sources, there is nothing natural about this finished product.
Like margarine, these oils create inflammation in the body. Typically genetically modified, these types of oils have been linked to anything from digestive disorders to heart problems. Instead, opt for cold-pressed coconut oil.
- Table salt
Salt is another food that has gotten a really bad rap — but the truth is, we need salt in order to survive.
Believe it or not, if a sodium deficiency becomes dangerously low, it can lead to anything from dizziness to the possibility of a coma.
Table salt is, however, is fake salt — packed with additives. It’s also void of any naturally occurring iodine. Instead, choose Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.
- Artificial sweeteners
Once again, in order to reduce your risk of conditions such as diabetes, you may think that an artificial sweetener is a healthier option.
Although they appear to benefit individuals who require a low glycemic diet, studies have shown that this ingredient can actually lead to diabetes.
These processed sugar alternatives have also been linked to tumors, cancer, and hypertension.
- Fat-free milk
The zero fat craze has caused many people to reach for fat-free foods, including milk. The problem with any fat-free food is that it’s FULL of sugar.
This can actually cause weight gain and increase your risk of disease. Instead, choose organic milk — or a quality, natural source of cashew or almond milk.
The key is choosing foods that have been minimally processed. Start to become more involved in the latest research, increasing your knowledge of nutrition.
Feed your body the right types of foods and it will thank you well into the future.