Full description and composition of the most dangerous products of the food industry, impact on the health, recommendations on how to avoid from nutrition
The advantages or disadvantages of a food item depends upon its chemical composition. Unfortunately, the tastiest foods are generally considered to be the most dangerous: salty, sweet, spicy and bitter. Let’s look closer and find out which are the most dangerous foods.
1. Fast food: French fries, potato chips, croutons, hamburgers and noodles
These fast foods are dangerous because of their composition: they contain high amounts of fat, carbohydrates, pigments and taste modifiers. Furthermore, the intense taste of potato chips and hamburgers can make you think that your usual food is tasteless and boring. If a product contains Е-621, it can negatively affect your nervous system.
Sometimes the fats in these fast foods are substituted with trans fats, which increase your risk of developing diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, ischemia, strokes and neuropathy. Trans fats can cause mutations in the cells and can cause oncologic diseases. Furthermore, such foods are high in calories, which can lead to obesity.
2. Salami and smoked meat
Ironically, these products usually contain no meat; even the finest of them include co-products, genetically altered soya, hormones, aroma and taste intensifiers, and pigments. By eating such a cocktail every day, even worse on an empty stomach, you will potentially face the misfortune of gastritis and an ulcer in next to no time.
3. Mayonnaise and ketchup
Mayonnaise is a fat enriched food that contains high levels of trans fats. Excessive amounts of this condiment in your diet can cause obesity and cardiovascular diseases, as it can make your blood vessels less flexible and more brittle. Various preservatives and stabilizers are also included in the ingredients, which can have a negative impact on your health.
Ketchup is rich in dangerous pigments and preservatives that can significantly disturb your digestive system.
4. Margarine and vegetable oils
The level of trans fats in these products are 15 times higher than what should be considered regular. Excessive use of margarine and vegetable oils may cause oncologic diseases, excessive weight gain and cardiovascular diseases.
5. Sugar and salt
Sugar is a sweet poison, because it contains pure high-calorie carbohydrates. After eating sugar your mouth is covered with a plaque that attracts bacteria. These bacteria will slowly destroy your tooth enamel.
Furthermore, sugar increases the glucose levels in your blood. Your body starts to generate more insulin, which can lead to diabetes in no time. The ready availability of sweet foods, and the frequency with which they are added to people’s diets, is one of the most widespread reasons of obesity.
A person should eat around 10-15 grams of salt per day. Higher amounts disturb the water balance in the body, creating more stress for vessels, kidneys and the heart. Big fans of salty products are known to suffer from kidney failure and cardiovascular problems.
6. White bread
Muffins and white bread are sources of fast carbohydrates. Your body finds it impossible to completely process these, so it transforms them into fat tissue. Bearing in mind that manufacturers are adding various aroma intensifiers, pigments and preservative. Such products could also cause diseases of the digestive system, and cardiovascular problems.
7. Canned foods
Nutritionists claim that all canned foods are “dead foods“. This is because they give us calories without offering any nutrients. High concentrations of salt, spices, preservatives, pigments, taste intensifiers and various additives increase a person’s risk of developing numerous diseases throughout the body.
8. Processed dairy products
Modern yogurts, cottage cheeses and milk desserts contain virtually no natural milk. Instead they are rich in vegetable oils, thickeners, stabilizers, aroma intensifiers and emulsifiers. These dairy products can damage your stomach and pancreas, causing various allergic reactions.
9. Carbonated beverages
Carbonated drinks contain not only water, sugar and carbon dioxide, but also a full range of chemicals: preservatives, pigments, sour agents, sweeteners, flavoring agents and emulsifiers. Excessive consumption of such drinks can cause obesity, urinary tract disorders, kidney failure, calcium deficiency, gastritis and even peptic ulcer.
10. Packed juices
Look at the package. If you can’t find “100% natural juice” listed, you can be sure that you are looking at a mix of concentrated juice with sugar, preservatives and pigments. This kind of juice can harm you just as much as the carbonated drinks mentioned above.
Here’s the best advice for your personal nutrition planning: use only natural products. Even if you consume in moderation any of the aforementioned food items, be careful to ensure the nutritional compatibility, and monitor the quantities of such products in your entire diet.