5 Foods You Should NEVER Eat
Some foods are okay in moderation. But, there are some food products you should avoid at all costs.
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).
High fructose corn syrup is hardly any different than plain sugar. It’s found in soft drinks and other processed foods.
Try to avoid this at all cost. The high concentrations of fructose are particularly bad for the health of your liver.
2. Seed And Vegetable Oils
Soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, these are “healthy oils” which should be avoided like the plague.
They tend to cause inflammation. These polyunsaturated fats are high in omega-6 which is something we have far too much of. We have a ratio of 16:1 omega-6 to omega-3 when the previous ratio was 1:1.
Too much omega-6 causes inflammation and inflammation is one of the largest precursors to many diseases.
Instead, opt for fatty fish, egg yolks, flaxseed, aim for nuts such as walnuts which are particularly high in omega-6.
Fats such as coconut oil, grass-fed butter and monounsaturated fats such as extra-virgin olive oil can be great for cooking, but try your best to get more omega-3 in your diet.
3. Artificial sweeteners.
Artificial sweeteners are a tricky one as there are various types and many don’t have any effects on your weight directly. However, there is a significant portion of evidence suggesting they may not do any good for the diversity of your gut. As you may know 90% of your serotonin is produced in your gut, 70% of your immune system is in the gut, your gut even has neurons like the brain and is often referred to as the second brain.
The lesson here is that the gut is intimately connected with the brain and so we should take care of the gut to take of the brain. In terms of fat loss and artificial sweeteners, I have mixed opinions on this, again refer to page# for more information on this. But as always it’s probably best to stay away from artificial foods. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Processed meats.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorised processed meats as a 1A carcinogen which means they cause cancer. Red meat according to the WHO is correlated to cancer, but not causative. Avoid processed sausages, salami, bacon where possible.
Corned beef and hot dogs are other examples of processed meats. What’s also important is the temperature at which you cook meat or any food for that matter.
Burning food provokes carcinogenic compounds to be created.
5. Trans fats
Trans fats are unsaturated fat with a very specific chemical structure. Many processed foods have these trans fats and you should avoid these completely. Not even a little bit is acceptable, seriously, trans fats are horrible for your health.
Meat and dairy, especially grass-fed variations often have small amounts of trans fat. However, these are conjugated linoleic acid or CLA which we previously established is in fact not harmful to humans.
Margarine is a common source of trans fats, so instead of using margarine cook with butter.
A healthy lifestyle is less about what you add in but more about what you avoid consuming.