Most people care about their long term health, and try to do what they can each day live a healthy lifestyle. Our nutrition has a huge impact on our health, and poor dietary habits can take years or even decades off of our lives.
The busy modern lives we lead present a whole new set of nutritional challenges. Instead of sitting down for a home cooked meal each night, many people stop by the drive-thru or pick up a pizza on the way home. Instead of snacking on fresh fruits our cupboards are full of chips, cookies and crackers that are loaded with flour, sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients.
Convenience foods are everywhere today on grocery store shelves, at quickie markets, gas stations and fast food restaurants. These foods may save us valuable time, but unfortunately they may be taking more time away from us than they are giving. Many of these foods contain only highly processed ingredients that are all but devoid of any nutritional value. On top of that they are usually very high in calories, carbohydrates, and dietary fat in other words they are unhealthy in very possible way.
Many of the foods we now eat on a regular basis are not good for us. Below I will talk about some of the worst offenders; foods you should certainly avoid if you care about your health.
- Fast Food: These days there is a fast food restaurant on every major intersection sometimes more than one. The great majority of the menu items at these restaurants are high in calories, fat, sugar and salt, and contain no fresh ingredients and very little in the way of nutrients. Websites that rate foods with the common grading system give the great majority of fast food items an “F”. Making even the most basic meal from fresh ingredients will provide you with 10-100 times the amount of vital nutrients in a fast food meal.
- Commercial Baked Goods: The doughnuts, pastries, cookies and other tasty treats you’ll find in the bakery section of the grocery store are loaded with flour, sugar, artificial colors, and worst of all, trans-fatty acids. These are fat molecules that have been modified to stay solid at room temperature, and have been shown to be detrimental to heart health. Resist the temptation to indulge in these foods whenever possible, as there is no safe level of consumption for trans-fatty acids.
- Deep Fried Foods: Fried foods like French fries, funnel cakes, and doughnuts are certainly delicious but they’re absolutely loaded with fat, calories and carbohydrates. An entrée of breaded and friend chicken strips can have double the fat and calories of a baked chicken dish without the breading. If you regularly eat fried foods you could be adding thousands of unnecessary calories to your diet each week, which will certainly have a negative impact on your long term health.
There are other unhealthy foods out there that you should probably avoid, but these are three of the worst offenders. By making a lifestyle change and removing these foods from your regular diet, you will be doing your long term health a pretty big favor.