The Five Worst Foods
The Five Absolute Worst Foods You Can Eat by
food expert Dr.Joseph Mercola
Dr. Mercola says: "There are no 'bad' foods, right? Only food you should eat in moderation? Well, not really. The following foods are so bad for your body that I can't see any reason to eat them. Not only do they have zero nutritional value, but they also give your body a healthy dose of toxins..."
Here are excerpts from Dr. Mercola's article on The Five Absolute Worst Foods You Can Eat, reprinted with the author's permission:
"Doughnuts - Doughnuts are fried, full of sugar and white flour and most all varieties contain trans fat. Store-bought doughnuts are made up of about 35 percent to 40 percent trans fat. An average doughnut will give you about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar and a few other nutrients. It's too bad that Americans view doughnuts as a breakfast food as, nutritionally speaking eating a doughnut is one of the worst ways to start off your day. It will throw off your blood sugar and won't stay with you and you'll be hungry again soon. You are better off eating no breakfast at all...
"Soda - One 12 ounce bottle of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites...The diet varieties are also problematic as they filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease...
"French Fries (and Nearly All Commercially Fried Foods) - When potatoes "are cooked in trans fat at high temperatures,
all sorts of interesting and very unpleasant things occur. Anything that is fried, even vegetables, has the issue of trans fat and the potent cancer-causing substance acrylamide.
"Chips - Most commercial chips, and this includes corn chips, potato chips, tortilla chips, you name it, are high in trans fat. Fortunately, some companies have caught on to the recent media blitz about the dangers of trans fat and have started to produce chips without trans fat. However, the high temperatures used to cook them will potentially cause the formation of carcinogenic substances like acrylamide, and this risk remains even if the trans fat is removed.
"Fried Non-Fish Seafood - This category represents the culmination of non-healthy aspects of food. Fried shrimp, clams, oysters, lobsters, and so on have all the issues of trans fat and acrylamide mentioned above, plus an added risk of mercury. Seafood is loaded with toxic mercury and shellfish like shrimp and lobsters can be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed with high heat. These creatures, considered scavenger animals, consume foods that may be harmful for you.
"Eating these foods gives you a quadruple dose of toxins-
trans fat, acrylamide, mercury and possibly parasites or viruses...If you have a taste for seafood, there's an easy solution. It's best to avoid your local fish fry and try the only fish I (Dr. Mercola) now eat---the delicious wild red Alaskan salmon that was proven through independent lab testing to be free of harmful levels of mercury and other contaminants."
Care2.com (7/13/2014) describes the
"5 Most Addictive & Unhealthy Foods"
and explains why in detail
(1) "Oreos. Or Chips Ahoy or Cheez-Its, or really any other processed cookie or baked good."
(2) "Caffeinated soda." (pop)
(3) "White bread. White bread is pure, high GI sugar."
(4) "Chips & fries. Salty, greasy, and loaded with high glycemic
(5) "Ice cream. Most supermarket brands are loaded with high-
fructose corn syrup, low quality dairy ingredients..."
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