Our lives are constantly surrounded by news, marketing, and advertisements telling us what we should and should not be doing. Add in fads that quickly fade in and out, bacteria findings in foods and it can leave a lot of us feeling very confused on if we should even be eating spinach this week. Even with all of this mass media and advertisements being shoved in our faces, there will always be some foods or products you should always avoid–even when the health industry masks them as ‘health foods’.
Sugar is one of those ingredients that is snuck into everything and it is one of those ingredients that you need to say no more often to. Added sugar is literally the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.
The worst place to consume added sugar in is in sugary drinks. Sugary drinks are the absolute worse because your brain does not register the sugar as food. People then tend to not compensate by eating less of other foods instead and they end up increasing their total calorie intake and usually by a lot.
Many people have stopped eating wheat bread because they have gone gluten-free. However, this isn’t really a gluten or gluten-free question. It is about whether the food you are putting into your body is whole or not. Most commercial bread is unhealthy, even for people who do tolerate gluten, because the majority of them are made from refined wheat. Refined wheat is not a whole food, which means it is low in essential nutrients (aka empty calories) and leads to rapid spikes in blood sugar.
Margarine is probably one of the most pseudo foods out there on the market and one that people still believe is a great alternative to butter. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong. It was created and engineered to look and taste like butter. It is loaded with artificial ingredients and is usually made with industrial vegetable oils that have been hydrogenated to make them more solid. By doing so, this increases their trans fat content significantly. These industrial vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, corn oil, and canola oil are very high in omega-6 fatty acids, which humans never consumed in such large amounts before.
Can you add more “diet foods’ to this list?