“You are what you eat” is not merely an expression you should take lightly. Because of the increasing demand of food and the amount of competition in the market, companies add different compound which maintain its taste and presentation but can be potentially damaging to its consumers.
Here are our top 7 unhealthy everyday foods;
If you thought that fruit juices were natural, then you thought wrong. Fruit juices contain fiber-less fruit, high-fructose corn syrup and can contain as much as 36 grams of sugar per cup. Although this sugar is natural, most of the sweetness you taste comes from fructose, a sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose tissue in overweight people and pot belly.
Deep Fried Food
Buns, egg-rolls and other deep fried food all contain high fat and calorie contents. They also contain significantly high degrees of inflammatory advanced glycation end products, which after sustained exposure can lead to weaken native defenses in the body, setting an environment for abnormally high blood pressure, inflammation and diseases.
Are you surprised this is on our list? Our everyday cereals can potentially cause harm to our health as they contain unhealthy compounds like Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BhA), refined carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners which are banned in several countries. Continued consumption will lead to obesity and other health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Sugar has been stated to be more addictive than cocaine, you can only imagine why. Most people consume an average of about 90 grams of added sugar per day as opposed to the World Health Organisation recommendation of about 25 grams, scary right? This is the major cause of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart diseases.
Ever heard of phthalates? Well this is a class of endocrine-disrupting chemical toxin that are found and used in plastic and beverage wrappers and packaging. After increased exposure to this compound, research have found that it is associated with metabolic syndrome, a disease normally associated with inflammation and weight gain in a person.
Have you ever wondered how your everyday energy drink was made? Imagine mixing the caffeine content of a very strong coffee and a lot of sugar, not scary enough? Well most times its not sugar but artificial sweeteners. The chemicals in energy drinks have been found to be about 10 times more corrosive to your teeth than regular soft drinks and sodas. Other health problems may include; liver failure and acute hepatitis.
Do not be fooled, Bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone mimicking chemical found in nearly all plastic packages is present in the plastic bottle you’re drinking from.
This is potentially bad news as increase drinking and exposure to this leads to various hormonal changes in a person and may include but not limited to ; obesity, low sperm count, early puberty in females and increase in the rate of reproductive cancers.
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