Good nutrition requires eating healthy. But what are the foods NOT to eat? And how do you know what food to avoid? The first step is to realize that there really are unhealthy food killers!
Though some people firmly believe "you shouldn't deny yourself" and "everything in moderation," the truth is, if you want to be healthy, there is unhealthy food to avoid. The problem is, most foods NOT to eat are so tasty!
So what's NOT to like about Foods NOT to Eat? It's simple. The unhealthy foods to avoid on this list have been proven to be major risk factors for:
- Some cancers,
- And heart disease.
This list of foods NOT to eat has been sorted into food group categories. You should avoid these unhealthy foods as much as possible.
- Fats and Oils: Limit saturated fats and refined vegetables oils. Eliminate food with trans fats and other unhealthy bad fats. This includes margarine, lard or partially hydrogenated oils found in cookies, cakes, pastries, doughnuts, chips, fried foods, candy and most chocolate.
- Refined Sugar: Besides staying away from table sugar and candy, watch for added sugar hidden everywhere. Learn the many different names for sugar and check all packaged, canned and processed foods, such as cereals, prepared meats, bakery goods, jams, etc.
- Grain Products: Avoid refined grain foods. These include most breads, crackers, pasta and breakfast cereals. Also eliminate cakes, pies, doughnuts, cookies, croissants, muffins and all pastries and snack foods such as chips, most snack mixes and buttered popcorn.
- Meats, Poultry and Fish: - Eliminate red meats high in saturated fats and other fatty cuts of meat – ribs, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, pepperoni, salami, bologna and other packaged meats, plus most hamburgers. Also avoid fried fish, meats and poultry, as well as poultry skin.
- Dairy and Eggs: Cut out cream and any cream products, such as full-fat cream cheese, sour cream, cream sauces, whipped cream and ice cream. Limit the use of butter, eggs and full-fat cheeses and eliminate whole milk, 2% reduced fat milk and whole milk yogurts.
- Beans, Nuts and Seeds: Stay away from any bean soups or chili that contain sausage, bacon, ham or other high fat meats. Also avoid all salted nuts and seeds, as well as those roasted in oils.
- Fruits and Vegetables: Eliminate fried vegetables and fruits, vegetables with butter, cheese or cream sauces and fruits with cream or whipped cream. Also avoid fruit drinks and fruit juices. One cup of fruit juice has no fiber and up to 10 teaspoons of high glycemic sugar.
- Excess Salt: Average salt consumption in the U.S. is 10-15 grams a day. The National Academy of Sciences recommends 3-8 grams. To cut your salt intake in half, limit table salt and avoid chips, salted nuts and popcorn and most prepared, canned and packaged foods.
- Liquids: Avoid all sodas, milk shakes, fruit juice and fruit drinks and greatly limit or totally eliminate caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
As you learn what unhealthy food to avoid, start today replacing the foods NOT to eat with the very best foods to eat for great health. You’ll be glad you did for many healthy years to come.
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