It’s probably no surprise that the packaged food industry takes some serious shortcuts when it comes to the ingredients in their food.
Rather than deliver complex recipes with layers of flavor from delicious whole foods and herbs, they simply load the products with salt, sugar, and fat.
Yes, it tastes good, and it sure boosts dopamine production in your brain, but these foods are slowly killing your body.
Risks of consuming them regularly include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Learn more here about the very worst offenders.
1. Canned Tomato Sauce
Spaghetti sauce in a can or jar is a really helpful shortcut in the kitchen, but it is typically loaded with sugar and sodium, not to mention chemical preservatives. It’s too bad, because tomatoes in general come loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Making sauce at home can be a very rewarding experience, and it’s easy to make and can several batches at once. If that’s not your thing, read the labels at the store and experiment with brands that have less of the bad stuff. These efforts could stave off obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even tooth decay.
Many folks rely on soda for an energy boost when they are flagging – the combination of sugar and caffeine sure can open your eyes, but only for a short while before the inevitable crash.
Sodas also contain a lot of food dyes and preservatives that are known to affect your hormones. Unfortunately, diet sodas are no better because they rely on chemical sweeteners, the safety of which is questionable.
Plus, the empty calories in soda don’t make you feel full, so you are likely to overeat later. It’s better to get your caffeine from sources like coffee and tea, which also offer other health benefits. Sparkling water flavored with homemade fruit juice is a good alternative if it’s the bubbles you crave.
3. Deli Meats
Deli meat and processed meat of any kind (especially hot dogs) are dangerous because of the way they are preserved.
Nitrates, sodium, and chemical additives help them to last longer and provide a pleasing color, but are no good for your body.
Risks include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even behavioral problems and learning difficulties in children. It’s best to limit the amount of meat in our diets overall, and to buy what we do eat from the local butcher instead of a supermarket.
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