Saturday, May 3, 2014

5 Foods You Should Never Eat Again

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Some people believe in the old adage, ‘everything in moderation.’ However, there are certain things you should never put in your body. If you need some motivation to help you say no, keep in mind that 4 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States are diet related: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Eliminating these foods is a great way to get on track to a healthier you.

1. Soda

Soda is a major factor in overweight and obesity. Drinking one can of soda a day can add more than 1 pound of weight gain every month. A single 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, which is likely contaminated with toxic mercury.

Soda also damages the liver. Studies have shown that consumption of too many soft drinks puts the liver in danger of cirrhosis similar to what chronic alcoholics have. The preservative sodium benzoate may be the cause.

Soda also has a high phosphoric acid content, a substance known to change the urine in a way that promotes kidney stone formation. Research found that drinking two or more sodas a day, artificially sweetened or regular, was linked to a twofold risk of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage and decrease the kidney’s ability to remove toxins and maintain normal fluid balance.

Heavy soda drinkers are also more likely to develop risk factors that will lead to heart disease. Research suggests that drinking more than one soft drink a day is associated with an increased risk of developing the metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms such as central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, elevated fasting triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol). Having three or more of the symptoms increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

2. Hot Dogs and Lunch Meat

Sodium nitrate is a salt that is added to hot dogs, bacon and other cured meats that acts as a preservative. The reason they are so bad for us is that when we cook them at high temps, they form Nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.

Nitrite-based preservatives have been linked to pancreatic cancer.

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