09 Foods You Should Never Eat - Foods to Avoid | Healthy Mind - Think Big


It’s no secret that there are many foods that have been portrayed as healthy when they actually are bad for you. In this post, you will find foods you should never eat, presented by Jared Koch, who is the founder of Clean Plates. The problem with most food is that it is promoted by companies in such a way that it is convincing to most people. Companies use the words “sugar-free” and “all-natural” on their labels, but that doesn’t necessarily ensure that the food is healthy to eat. 

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Canned food contains BPA; which is a toxic chemical that is linked to reproductive abnormalities, increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. The Consumer Report’s testing states that only a couple of servings of canned food can exceed the safety limit for daily BPA exposure for children. There are many different health problems associated with BPA chemicals. These health problems include reproductive harm, increased risk of mental disabilities in babies, risk of miscarriage, hormonal disruption, increased risk of certain cancers, and more. BPA is found in most of the plastics we use, and a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control even revealed that BPA was detected in 93% of urine samples tested among 2517 people older than six years old. The reason that canned tomatoes have such a high risk of BPA contamination as opposed to other canned goods is because of the acidity. Dr. Mercola explains that canned tomatoes have high acidity, which can cause BPA to stick onto your food. If you want to preserve tomatoes but don't want to risk consuming BPA, use fresh tomatoes, grow your own tomatoes, or purchase organic tomatoes. 


According to a 2011 review of more than 7,000 clinical studies that examined the connection between diet and cancer, processed meats are not healthy and everyone should avoid eating them. This report was commissioned by The World Cancer Research Fund. Koch adds that processed meats are typically made with meats from animals that are raised in animal feeding farms. This means that they are fed growth hormones and other drugs. He adds that the meats also contain nitrite, which adds color and flavor to the food. Nitrite has the potential to be converted into nitrosamines in the body; which are strong cancer-causing chemicals. Believe it or not, processed meat has been linked to heart disease and can contain many different harmful chemicals. If you're wondering what exactly is considered processed meat, you may be a little surprised! Processed meat includes meat like bacon, ham, beef jerky, canned meat, sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, salted and cured meat, and more. Processed meat is also known to be linked to various different types of chronic diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), bowel and stomach cancer, and high blood pressure. Although you are not likely to develop these diseases, you should still limit the amount of processed meats you eat because people who eat processed meat are more at risk for developing these types of diseases. Do you eat any of the things mentioned in this post so far? Keep reading for some even more surprising foods that you should never attempt to it.


Margarine contains trans-fat, which according to Dr. Mercola, is an unnatural fat. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines state that Americans should consume as little trans-fat as possible. Why? Well according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, they estimate that trans fat causes between 72,000 to 228,000 heart attacks, which includes almost 50,000 fatal ones, per year. The easiest solution to this is to buy butter that is made from grass-eating cows. This type of butter will contain a substance called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This type of butter also contains saturated fat, which many people believe to be harmful but is actually beneficial for your body. 


Mercola states that vegetable oil is highly processed. Mercola adds that when heated, vegetable oil can cause damage by converting good cholesterol into bad cholesterol by oxidizing it. When the oil is heated and mixed with oxygen, it becomes rancid. This is a chemical that should never be consumed because it can lead to vascular disease. According to WebMD, some vegetable oils can also contain trans fats, which you now know are quite harmful to the body. Vegetable oil also contributes to inflammation in the body and is also loaded with trans fats which can be highly toxic. Trans fats can increase the risk of developing various diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even obesity. 


Microwaved popcorn contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluoro octane sulfonate (PFOS). Both these chemicals show up as contaminants in blood, and when heated up, leach onto the popcorn. These chemicals have several health dangers. The first danger is infertility. According to a study that is published in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers found that PFOA and PFOS increased the odds of infertility. In fact, PFOA was linked to a 60 to 150 percent increase. Another danger is increased LDL cholesterol levels. A 2010 study found in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine states that teens that have higher PFOA levels had higher levels of LDL cholesterol and PFOS was associated with a higher overall cholesterol level. The FDA also states that the chemical coating which is used in microwave popcorn bags can break. (PFOA) is identified by the environmental protection agency as a "likely carcinogen". Other studies state that an acid that is found in this chemical can possibly cause cancer in animals, making it likely that it may increase the risk of cancer in humans. 


If you are looking for healthy fruits and vegetables, buy organic. Under the USDA organic rules, synthetic agricultural chemicals are not permitted in them. With that said though, not all conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have the same pesticide load. In 2013, 48 fruits and vegetables were tested by the Environment Working Group. Potatoes were among those that had the highest pesticide load. 


Our bodies need salt in order to live. But the table salt that is found in processed foods is not the same as the salt that our bodies need, says Mercola. Mercola adds that processed salt is 98 percent sodium chloride and the other two percent is man-made chemicals such as moisture and added iodine, which is as harmful to the body, as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate, which can also be found in processed salt. Salt also affects water retention, making your body hold on to water and causing bloating. And too much salt can also give you cravings for even more salty, greasy foods. This can lead to overeating, which can lead to weight gain and an unhealthy lifestyle. It is best to limit the amount of salt in your diet to minimize the risk of any of these health issues. 


Mercola explains that the number one problem with soybeans is that 90-95 percent of them that are grown in the US are genetically engineered so they can create soy protein isolate. They are grown to withstand other lethal doses of herbicide. With that said, Mercola adds that the only soy with health benefits is organic soy. Organic soy is properly fermented and is the only soy product that is recommended. Mercola explains that the fermentation process reduces the phytate and anti-nutrient levels.


According to a report found in Appetite, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame have the ability to stimulate your appetite, stimulate fat storage and weight gain and increase carbohydrate cravings. The report also proved that aspartame and saccharin were found to cause more weight gain than sugar. In addition to weight gain, a study published in Nature, which is an international journal of science, found that artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota which can cause diabetes. 

The fact of the matter is, there are all sorts of things in this world that can present a danger to our health, including lots of different foods. From processed meats to artificial sweeteners, you never know what can increase your chance of disease or other health issues. This is why it is extremely important to eat a nutrient-rich diet and try to limit the amount of unhealthy foods in your diet. Although it is not recommended to cut out junk food completely from your diet, it is important to remember that these types of foods should be eaten in moderation. A nutrient-rich diet accompanied by a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise a few times a week can lead you to a healthy life and also minimize your risk of developing health problems while improving your overall physical and mental well-being. You don’t have to cut out all your favorite foods, but just be mindful of what you are eating, how often you are eating it, and what other kinds of healthy foods you are incorporating into your diet. 

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