The Family Nutrition Guide states that the purpose of food is to fill the body with nutrients. There’s a wide variety of healthy foods that serve this purpose. On the other hand, there are tons of unhealthy foods that do the complete opposite. These unhealthy foods are filled with excessive amounts of sugar, fat, sodium, carbohydrates, and more, which can actually harm the body and mind (both in the short and long term). Continue reading to learn about some of the unhealthiest foods and drinks out there.
SODA IS FILLED WITH SUGAR
According to Healthy Food America, about half of Americans drink soda each day. Soda is one of the unhealthiest foods because of the added sugar, which can have a severe impact on health. Healthline found that the brain doesn’t register liquid calories as food, which causes people to consume more than they should.
Side effects from regularly drinking soda include weight gain, tooth decay, a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are some healthy alternatives to soda, including sparkling flavored water or tea.
MICROWAVE POPCORN CAN CAUSE “POPCORN LUNG”
Microwave popcorn may seem like a good movie snack, but it contains some harmful chemicals. Many brands fill their popcorn with trans fats and line the bags with something called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This acid is extremely toxic.
Additionally, the butter flavor comes from diacetyl (DA), which is a chemical that breaks down important cells that protect organs. Microwave popcorn is also linked to a serious disease called “popcorn lung” where the diacetyl causes irreversible lung damage after being consumed in large amounts.
FROSTING CONTAINS HARMFUL CARCINOGENS
Frosting may be a sweet and delicious topping for a cake, but it is extremely harmful to your health. Store-bought frostings contain unhealthy chemicals such as hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, liver dysfunction, and infertility.
Nutrition Action says that it also contains dyes filled with carcinogens, which can cause cancer. If that’s not enough for you, the propylene glycol used in some frostings has been linked to kidney disease.
PROCESSED CHEESE ISN’T REAL CHEESE
While some cheeses are healthy in moderation, there are still others that should be avoided altogether. Processed cheeses, such as Kraft American Singles or Velveeta, are the least nutritious. According to Healthline, processed cheese contains filler ingredients made to look and taste like real cheese.
These filler ingredients have at least twice the amount of sugar and sodium as natural cheese. Those who want to eat the healthiest types of cheeses should try feta, cottage cheese, or vegan cheese.
MAPLE SYRUP HAS NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE
Maple syrup is one of the most popular breakfast condiments because of its rich, sweet taste. It also lacks any sort of nutritional value. Store-bought syrup brands include high amounts of high fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring.
High fructose corn syrup leads to liver damage, weight gain, and more, while caramel coloring contains cancer-causing carcinogens. Eat This, Not That! suggests opting for Grade A Medium Amber pure maple syrup because the concentrated flavor causes people to use less.
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