The worst foods you can eat

Author: Kirsten Seale

Certain foods do very little for your body except make you fat, tired and, in the long run, they can even make you sick. 

 

Obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease… these diseases are not always a case of bad luck.

 

They can be a direct result of the food you eat. And while a complete, nutritional diet plan is fundamental to your health, so too is knowing what to avoid.

 

Here are the four worst foods for your health:

 

1. Deep fried chicken with fries

In fact, deep fried anything is not recommended. It increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, says Harvard Health.

 

Instead of eating chicken covered in batter and thrown into a deep fryer of sizzling vegetable oil, opt for a grilled portion with a side of baked potato. 

 

2. Cakes and pastries

Made with ‘refined’ flours and sugar, these foods wreak havoc on your blood sugar and energy, they widen your waistline and increase your chance of getting diabetes, explains research from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Don’t mindlessly munch on a cookie when you hit that afternoon slump. Grab a piece of fruit and give your body a nutritional boost instead. 

 

3. Hot dogs 

The combination of white bread, a sugary and preservative-laden sauce on top of a processed sausage is not such a ‘hot’ idea.

  

Apart from the spike in blood sugar from the white bread and sugary sauces, processed meat like sausages, ham, bacon, polony, salami and other deli meats have been declared carcinogenic to humans (cancer-causing) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. 

 

Ditching the hot dogs altogether may be the best way to go. You’d be better off choosing a brown bread roll or sandwich, with a slice of chicken or beef and garnished with lettuce, onion and tomato.

 

4. Fruit juices and fizzy drinks (even diet ones!)

If any of these liquids are regulars in your diet, it could well contribute to your widening waistline. 

 

Fruit juices are often perceived as the ‘healthy’ choice but much like fizzy drinks, their sugar content is through the roof. 

 

And diet soda does little to mitigate the risks.

 

Research shows that fruit juices, fizzy drinks and even diet drinks that contain artificial sweeteners have all been linked to obesity, diabetes, liver disease and potentially, heart disease! 

 

For a healthy alternative, add slices of lemon, cucumber or orange to still or sparkling water to make a delicious and refreshing drink. 

 

If it is unrealistic for you to completely removed these foods from your diet, try to remove just one unhealthy food at a time. 

 

Remember, it takes more than one slice of cake to completely unravel a diet.

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