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20 foods you enjoy and didn’t know is ‘dangerous’ and killing you slowly (photos)

Did you know that every day you eat foods which kill you slowly? Most of us have a number of these foods on our menu, but if you combine all of them, you’ll get a deadly combo, and you need to start making dietary changes. To evaluate what you eat today, and begin making the right choices. Here is the list of 20 foods that are slowly killing you. Try to stop or restrict as much as you can intake of certain foods.

Some of these foods lead to hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Don’t forget about obesity and all the anxiety and depression that could come with it.

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Canned tomato sauce is a cover-up killer. This is a secret source of sugar and it will never even cross your mind that it may lead to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even decay of the tooth. Use fresh tomatoes to make your sauce or switch to pure tomatoes without the extra sugar or salt and add your spices to avoid these problems. Or at least go for sugar and sodium-less brands.

2.     Soda

Some of the greatest rivals are carbonated beverages or sodas. They can mess everything up, from your skin, blood sugar levels to your mood and hormones. Forget about the marketing and labels that say it’s good for you or it contains vitamins or nutrients. Everything that it has is a bunch of sugar, food coloring, and preservatives. Sugar-free versions are no better because they are filled with unhealthy artificial sweeteners. Buy a blender or juice machine, and, please, make your tea. And if you miss the bubbles, you can always add some sparkling water to your homemade fruit juice

3.     Sugar

If you have a sweet tooth, you can find a lot of safer ways to fulfill your cravings. Sugar is highly addictive and it can lead to heart disease, other than spiking your glucose levels and creating fat. Avoid sugar as much as possible to reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease, and more. Enjoy a bowl of fruit, or add honey instead of sugar to your recipes.

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4.     Deli Meats

Deli meats like salami, ham, bologna, and so on are filled with nitrates, sodium, preservatives, and additives. All of these substances can increase children’s risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even behavioral problems and learning problems. Choose to deliver meats from your local butcher instead of those from supermarkets to reduce the negative effects. Or better yet, learn how to prevent them.

5.     Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is a component of our food and we don’t even believe it twice. But some of these oils are GMOs, and we don’t yet have an idea of their long-term effects. Also, vegetable oils contain dangerous trans fats that are capable of triggering cardiovascular, obese, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Check for the label and if the oil is refined, keep it clear because the label contains free radicals that may support the growth of cancer, accelerate aging, and cause any type of problems. Opt for healthy options like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.

6.     Margarine

Again, the marketing is responsible for the margarine misunderstandings of BIG. Men, this isn’t safe! This is one of your most unhealthy foods. Cut it out, therefore! Margarine is like a very mischievous butter version made with hydrogenated vegetable oils which, as you think, is more unnatural. Simple chemistry. Simple chemistry. So what’s that bad? These are trans fats that can damage your skin, blood vessels and cholesterol. Switch to butter for an option that is safer. Olive oil and agroalganic oils that you can spread on your bread are other healthy alternatives. Avoid margarine, please!

7.     Hot Dogs

Hot dogs and related smoked and salted meat contain many health-reducing preservatives. The Doctors’ Control Committee compared the effect on smoking cigarettes of eating hot dogs. You should know if you are still unconvinced of the high sodium content of hot dogs and the toxins that increase the cancer risk. At least, if you cannot resist, make sure you get organic butchers or farmers to free your dogs chemically.

8.     Potato Chips

A harmful substance called Acrylamide is found in all deep fried foods. Chips of potato are no exception. The risk of colon cancer , breast cancer, prostrate cancer and rectal cancer increases with acrylamide. To prevent or make a healthier version of the potato chips at home. On sliced potatoes, put some olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake it into your oven. Bake in your oven. It’s delicious, we promise.

9.     Bottled Salad Dressings

Bottled salad dressings are made of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colours. Once you have drowned your salad, you may also have to eat a bag of chips or hot dog. Draw the dressings of the bottled salad, use lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar together with some olive oil for healthy dressing.

10. Artificial Sweeteners

No, sugar is no better than these. They are in fact often worse. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, neotame, acesulfame potassium, etc. may contain fewer calories, but the risk of diabetes , high blood pressure, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome may still increase. You may not have noticed that many sugar-free gums contain aspartame, known to be the world’s most toxic drug. Sugar has safe substitutes such as sugar, maple syrup and, to name a few, agave syrup.

11. Alcohol

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We ‘re sorry to break this down for you and many will disagree again, but alcohol has no health benefits. It is extremely high in calories, can cause dehydration, damage to the liver, weight gain, depression and problems with the skin. Not to mention the bad choices you make when you are under influence. So, if you want to damage all your systems, from the brain to the liver to the skin, believe in the daily marketing and drinking. Anyway, avoid it.

12. White Bread, Refined Flours

Grains are good, don’t they? So bread has got to be good too? Okay, not if the bread is white made from processed flours. White flour is stripped of all the nutritious fibres, minerals , and vitamins, and all you get is grain waste combined with chemicals to get the pleasant white color. But the risk of weight gain, thyroid damage and damage to organs lies behind it. Instead, go full grain!

13. Dairy

Yes, when we are brought into this world, milk is the first food that we eat. Yet the milk of a mother is a lot different from the milk of a mother of a cow. Therefore we grow lactose sensitivity as we age. Dairy products are linked to low absorption of nutrients, migraines, arthritis , cancer, allergies and asthma. So forget those clever marketing tricks again. Switch to coconut milk or almond milk, it tastes great and will not kill you slowly like cow milk.

14. Barbecued Meats

The barbecue smell may be hard to resist, but try it please. Throughout the process, the chemicals that penetrate the meat are associated with pancreatic cancer risk and breast cancer risk. Try to limit the intake of barbecued meat if you can’t resist, and consider adding some rosemary to your hamburger to reduce the amount and number of carcinogens.

15. Energy Bars

Energy bars may be necessary for athletes who need a rapid burst of energy, but if that isn’t you, try resisting these delicious calorie bombs. Energy bars contain a lot of sugar (we used to talk about sugar), high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and can contain trans-fats. So this is essentially candy that is full of calories, sugar and additives that are artificial. That is to say, it’s a ticking time bomb.

16. Fast Food

Sure, fast food tastes good, it’s pretty cheap and it’s all over the place. But what makes it so perfect for taste? It’s the same things that kill you slowly: trans-fats, sugar , salt, preservatives, additives, dyes and other chemicals that enhance this food’s looks and taste. Fast food can affect your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease , cancer, mood, weight gain, metabolism, etc. So at least try cutting back on fast food.

17. Wheat

Wheat contains a carbohydrate that increases your blood sugar levels suddenly and substantially. This causes a high production of insulin and an rise in weight. Over time, your pancreas will get overworked and you will become insulin-resistant, and you can get diabetes afterward. And high levels of blood sugar trigger the production of compounds that will accelerate the aging process and give you wrinkled skin. So, you are going to age faster and be prone to diabetes, which is a big issue in itself.

18. Breakfast Cereals

Once again we blame the ads for that. Breakfast cereals aren’t innocuous as might be suggested by their happy cheerful colors and toys inside. These currently contain sugar, artificial coloring, preservatives, GMO products, and the nutrients these had before processing are also removed. Try the oatmeal instead with some fresh or dried fruit. It tastes nice, and indeed it is good for you.

19. Commercial Fruit Juices

Don’t believe the big flashy labels that say fruit at 100 per cent. The secret is mostly in fine print. Commercial fruit juice also contains added sugar, colouring, preservatives and during pasteurization it can lose its nutrients. Your best bet is to find a trusted local juice bar or make your own homemade fruit juice. We will be going to the first. Have fun, and explore new tastes.

20. Salt

Salt plays a big part in regulating our blood pressure. When you eat too much salt, then you will have high blood pressure and higher risk of cardiovascular disease, one of the world’s leading causes of death. So, don’t cut all the salt in processed foods as your body still needs it, just limit the amount and watch out for the sodium levels. Only 3.75 grams of sodium a day is a healthy and adequate amount. Anything above 6 grams represents a serious risk to health.

Written by Opoku Asiedu

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