Top 10 Foods worst to consume

We all need a little fat and sugar in our diets; however, too much of both can lead to unwanted weight gain and increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other major health problems.

If you're looking to slim down, there are plenty of foods out there to halt your diet success. Some of the worst to consume include:


Cheese fries: According to the book Eat This, Not That, an order of Aussie cheese fries with Ranch dressing from Outback Steakhouse contains 2,900 calories and 182 grams of fat. This order is equivalent to eating 14 Krispy Kreme doughnuts before your dinner arrives. Cheese and butter typically contain over ten times as much saturated fat as fish and white meat chicken and turkey. Add the carcinogenic potential from heated and overcooked oils (usually trans containing) delivered in fries with the powerful cancer inducing properties of carbohydrates cooked at high heat (acrylamide formation) and you have a great cancer potion.



Fried desserts: Fried desserts are another "worst" food. "You're dipping something in batter that is already high in calorie, high in fat, high in sugar," Sarah Krieger, M.P.H., R.D., a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.


Soda: When Purdue University researchers had people consume 450 calories a day from either jelly beans or soft drinks for four weeks, the candy-eaters consumed no more total calories than usual. The soda drinkers, however, downed 17-percent more calories each day. Soda is loaded with artificial colors and sugar. Studies have also linked soda consumption to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Sugary drinks such as squashes and carbonated fizzy drinks (including sports drinks) can result in dental erosion and decay. Diet drinks are not recommended either as they contribute to dental erosion as the bubbles in the drink are acidic. Water and milk are the best drinks to consume between meals. With just a medium popcorn and Coke, you’re at nearly 1,200 calories


one 12 ounce can of regular soda contains 130 calories (or) 8 tsp of sugar.


Movie theatre popcorn: For openers, it is virtually impossible for many moviegoers to sit through 90-plus minutes of cinematic absorption without something to munch, chew, guzzle, or snack on. According to a Cornell University study, when moviegoers were served stale popcorn in big buckets, they ate 34-percent more than those given the same stale popcorn in medium-sized containers. Fresh popcorn in large tubs resulted in people eating 45-percent more than those given fresh popcorn in medium-sized containers. At the low end, a medium box with no butter has a modest 951 calories, no fat, and no cholesterol. At the other end, a large bucket (around 20 cups!) with butter delivers 1,238 calories and 78 grams of fat, 49 of them saturated — approximately two days’ worth.



Bacon cheeseburgers: One Carl's Jr. Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger contains 1,140 calories and 85 grams of fat! This offers 130 percent of your daily fat intake and 145 percent of your saturated fat intake. The Kids’ Double Cheeseburger weighs in at 510 calories and 29 g of fat—add fries and a drink and you’ll load the lunch with 840 calories and 40 g of fat!


"White" foods: Many dietitians caution against "white" foods like crackers and breads. "White flour in the human body is handled exactly like if you sat there and ate sugar out of a bowl," Ann Kulze, M.D., according to a nutrition and wellness expert. In a six-year study of 65,000 women, the women with diets high in refined carbohydrates from white bread, white rice, and pasta had two-and-a-half times the incidence of Type II diabetes, compared with those who ate high-fiber foods, such as vegetables, beans/legumes, whole grains, and fresh fruit. Every time you eat processed foods you not only exclude the important known nutrients from your diet, but also hundreds of other undiscovered phytonutrients that are essential for normal, human function. For instance, it is the outer portion of the wheat kernel (the part that is removed when white flour is made) that contains trace minerals, phytoestrogens, lignins, phytic acid, indoles, phenolic compounds and other phytochemicals, as well as all of the vitamin E. It is the diversity of micronutrients, both known and unknown, that are necessary to ward off cancer.


Ramen noodles: Dry noodles are basically made of water and flour: they roll dough into little "tubes," mince them and expose the noodles to steam. When the product is cooled, they fry it a little to get rid of moisture. Dry noodles are usually packed with little packs of spices and powder, which gives the product the taste of meat or shrimps. Noodle makers do not promise any beef or chicken: they usually write "chicken-flavored," for example. Pork-flavored noodles may contain not only bean protein, but the powder concentrate of pork paste at best. A package of ramen contains more than 1,560 mg of sodium. According to the Dietary Reference Intake, our total daily intake of sodium should be between 1,200- 1,440 mgs. In some ramen noodle brands, the sodium content reaches 3,000 mgs.


The noodles are deep-fried, so they have minimal nutritional value. Another potential health hazard posed by ramen noodles is the food additive and glutamic acid sodium salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is one of its key ingredients. The Food and Drug Administration found that MSG contributes to long-term health problems like Alzheimer's disease.


Sugary coffee:  Gourmet coffee drinkers consume, on average, 206 more calories a day than people who sip regular coffee. Also, Americans get more than 20 percent of their daily calories from beverages. 53-proof coffee-flavored liqueur has 16 grams of added sugar per ounce. According to AHA released guidelines,   women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (about 100 calories or 25 gms) of added sugar.  Administered acutely, moderate doses of caffeine can increase blood pressure and decrease heart rate. Besides, Caffeine causes a release of glycogen by the liver, which can generate wild swings in blood sugar, causing attacks of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Hypoglycemia has a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including weakness, nervousness, sweating and heart palpitations. Some sufferers even have difficulty speaking during an attack.


Meat and animal products:  There are literally hundreds of respected scientific studies that demonstrate that as animal products increase in a population's diet, cholesterol levels soar and the occurrence of heart disease increases proportionally with the increase in animal product intake. Sodium Nitrate and sodium nitrite, chemicals used as preservatives to slow down putrefaction in cured meat and meat products, including ham, bacon, bologna, salami, frankfurters, and fish, also endanger health. In addition to dangerous chemicals, meat often carries diseases from the animals themselves. Crammed together in unclean conditions, force-fed, and inhumanely treated, animals destined for slaughter contract many more diseases than they ordinarily would. Meat inspectors attempt to filter out unacceptable meats, but because of pressures from the industry and lack of sufficient time for examination, much of what passes is far less wholesome than the meat purchaser realizes. The Journal of the American Medical Association stated that 90 to 97% of heart disease, the cause of more than one half of the deaths can be prevented by a vegetarian diet. Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider range of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined and skin more beautiful.


Candy bars: If you are looking up for ways to avoid empty calories then find ways to keep away from candy bars (Chocolate bars, hard candies, mints and gums). A breakfast fruit bar and a candy bar may have the same number of calories, but where the fruit bar contains fiber and some vitamins and minerals essential to good nutrition, the candy bar may be completely sugar. A higher risk of cavities is seen when one eats and drinks foods that contain carbohydrates and sugars, such as cookies, cakes, honey, hard candy, and even raisins. The way a person eats is just as important as what they eat, as those who constantly snack or sip their drinks gives acid-producing bacteria a longer time to create damage. Candy bars can also be replaced with healthy granola bar snacks which are equally satisfying.


Sweets, cakes and biscuits contain lots of calories but little nutrition. They should therefore be eaten as occasional treats and not as an everyday food choice. The best foods to eat are the healthy, nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. By making these antioxidant foods the major portion of your diet, you can protect yourself against cancer and other serious diseases. As you extend your youthful vigor into later years, you have contributed to your longevity by Eating to Live with a healthy, nutritious diet.


Content support: Ivanhoe

Dated 08 December 2011


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