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What Are The Most Unhealthy Foods You Could Eat?

by Brian Greco

Now, there’s a lot of talk these days about health and nutrition.

It’s all the rage. Everyone’s asking things like:

* What’s the ultimate healthy diet plan?
* How can we maximize our health?
* What are the best foods to eat?

But because nutrition can often be a finicky science, it’s difficult to find a definite answer to these questions.

Though someone may feel like they’ve find the one true way, there’s almost always another person who can contradict them with their results on a different style of eating, exercising, and so on.

I mean, it really is amazing how adaptable the human body is. Just take a look at any corner of the globe and you’ll find an immense diversity of lifestyle practices that people use.

But what does that mean for us? For people looking to get started on a healthier diet NOW? Where can we even begin? There’s got to be a better way of looking at things.

Well, there is. How about – instead of trying to figure health out from scratch – we start where we are and narrow things down.

So basically, a little bit of dietary process of elimination.

Here are 3 unhealthy foods that NO ONE disagrees with that are unhealthy:

* Hydrogenated 0ils, trans fats and deep fried foods.

Everywhere in the form of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated  oils in classic junk foods: chips, cookies, candies, and so on. Some of your favourites snacks that include hydrogenated oils might be Ritz Crackers or Twinkies and baking ingredients like margarine, or Crisco. All kinds of chocolate bars contain these hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and some big name peanut butters (that everyone unknowingly thinks are good for them) do as well.

Deep fried foods like fries, chips, onion rings, pork rinds, corn dogs, chicken fingers, chicken fried steak etc can all be 50% fat or more by calories. When you deep fry foods, you essentially dehydrate them by pushing all of the water out of them and it gets replaced by oil in the deep fryer. So your innocent potato or battered zucchini stick is now 50% higher in fat now that it’s cooked. Eat these regularly and your waist line and arteries are going to start showing it.

Not only are these oils 100% pure fat (zero nutrients, fibre and minerals), they are processed at very high temperatures, creating the trans-fatty acids everyone knows are horrible for your arteries and body.

Don’t be fooled by clever marketing on packages, there is now a new term called mono and di glycerides that means hydrogenated oils as well. “A mono-glyceride (MG) is made of one fatty acid attached to glycerol, a di-glyceride (DG) is made of two fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule, and a triglyceride is made of three fatty acids attached to glycerol.”

You will find this ingredient in many health food store snacks and products as well. Be sure to read labels!

Don’t buy products that contain hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, mono or diglycerides, or anything else that sounds like a questionable ingredient.

* Refined white flour and white sugar.

White flour is what’s left after grains are stripped of their husk and bran, while white sugar is the pure sugar crystals refined from sugarcane or other agricultural products.

These empty-calorie foods overstimulate the taste buds and are extremely calorie dense with no nutrition to back them up. To be avoided.

* Processed meat products with nitrates.

Hot dogs, bologna, sausage and other lunch meats are one of the worst possible food choices you can make.

With excessive amounts of fat, salt, and flavorings, these products are difficult if not impossible to digest and do not nourish the body.

So there we have it. No one will ever be able to perfect the art of health, but it’s worth a shot. Simply get these 3 food groups out of your daily eating program and you’re already on your way!

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets.