01/8Eating the right food
While a majority of the population is aware about the foods that comprise the list of ‘junk foods’, there are other foods that can be just as deadly as burgers, pizzas, samosas, and soft drinks when consumed on a daily basis. Even when on a healthy diet, it is easy to mistake these silent killers for healthy food, and before you know it, you would have done damage to your body. Here is a list of foods that are best to not consume on a daily basis if you want to maintain optimum health.
Although sodium is essential for both, the body and for making food, the key is to consume it in moderation. An excess of sodium can lead to a number of health complications like high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, and stomach cancer. Most foods eaten out have a lot of sodium, so you might even want to consider reducing your outside food intake. You can also try to make a conscious effort to go saltless for two or three days to reduce the ill effects of salt.
There’s commercial juice, and then there is homemade juice. While commercial juice is a strict no-no for daily consumption, it is best to go slow on homemade juice too. Commercial juices are loaded with sugar, artificial flavours, and a whole lot of calories, making them just as unhealthy as most sodas. What makes homemade juice appear on this list is the fact that juicing whole fruit or vegetables rids them of most of the fiber, something that is essential for satiety and gut health. So while it’s alright to enjoy the occasional glass of fresh juice, opt for whole fruits or vegetables for better health benefits.
While dry fruits are often dubbed as a superfood for their high nutrient content, they also contain a significantly higher amount of sugar and calories than their fresh counterparts. Dates, apricots, figs, and prunes are all nutritious, but they load you up with a high dose of calories. It is good to consume dry fruits before a workout for a quick boost, but if you consume it everyday, let’s say before bed, you might be consuming unnecessary calories. So watch the frequency and quantity of your dry fruits consumption.
This entry might come as a surprise to most, since doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, and practically everyone else swears by its health benefits. Cruciferous veggies like spinach, kale, and collard greens are loaded with essential nutrients, but they also contain thiocyanate, a compound which when consumed in high quantities, can interfere with the absorption of iodine. Lack of iodine leads to hyperthyroidism, but the risk only occurs when consumed in excess, and spinach is not something people usually over-indulge in.
Canned foods like tuna, baked beans, and veggies may be advertised as healthy, but the foods are stripped of most of the essential fiber and nutrients, and are loaded with other ingredients like salt, sugar, and artificial flavours. So while you might be opting for a quick and nutritious meal, you will end up consuming something not only devoid of nutrition, but also harmful. Opt for frozen food instead, as they have no added ingredients, and you can eliminate potential bacteria by cooking.
Baked goods like cookies or cakes often find their way into kitchens, and it is not uncommon to crave a sweet dish after your meals. However, baked foods are just as unhealthy as other desserts like ice cream or milk chocolate. These foods are loaded with sugar and maida, and while they do not have to be completely eliminated from your diet, they need to be avoided or at least reduced. Not only are baked foods high in sugar, but they also contain no nutrition in all, thus providing a lethal combo of high sugar and empty calories.
Non-vegetarians know how easy it is to succumb to temptation from the smell or taste of a delicious plate of chicken. While animal based proteins are healthy, you miss out on essential fiber and antioxidants that are easy to obtain from plant based protein. Fiber helps in improving digestive health while antioxidants help in preventing many conditions like diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and other chronic illnesses. So while meat might be a good option to maintain health, you might want to consider getting some protein from plants too.
Source: Times of India