Simple Awareness is The Key to Healthy Foods
Awareness is the biggest tool in your healthy lifestyle arsenal.
If you are aware of the benefits and drawbacks of different foods, you will be able to make wise choices.
First, you need to learn how to recognize bad foods.
Recognize and Avoid Foods that Wreck Your Health
As you know by now, processed foods contain a lot of additives and preservatives that can wreak havoc on your health.
You will come across these foods over and over again in your daily life.
Asian Cuisine and MSG
Asian dishes often contain monosodium glutamate (MSG). The chemical is used to improve the flavor and taste of the cuisine. While it might help the cuisine takes better, it can also cause headaches and even migraines.
You’ll usually find the chemical in the salads, sauces and soups. You can easily avoid this chemical by using salt in its place, especially if you are preparing the dishes at home.
It’s important to note that MSG isn’t only found in Asian food. It is also in salad dressing and sauces.
Chemicals in Breakfast Foods
Bacon and other meat products contain sodium nitrites that are used to preserve and enhance the color of the foods. Unfortunately, sodium nitrites have been linked to several kinds of cancer.
Thus, instead of eating bacon and other meat products for breakfast, stick with whole grains and eggs.
The bread that you eat may also harm your health. This is mainly due to the fact that potassium borate is used to make the loaves of bread look larger. The chemical actually increases the volume of the flour used to make the bread and cakes.
It has been shown to have an adverse impact on health, even when taken in small quantities. It has also been linked to some forms of cancer.
The best way to avoid this problem is to bake your own bread. There are lots of simple recipes available. Just make sure you bake whole wheat bread so you can get all of the health benefits.
Fast foods are one of the major threats to human health. The trans-fats in fast foods can cause heart attacks, usually because of the build-up of cholesterol in the blood vessels and arteries. There is also the possibility of having a stroke or getting diabetes.
Trans-fats are not only found in hamburgers and fried chicken. Bacon, sausage, hash browns, chicken pot pies, fries, fish and chip all contain trans-fat.
Substitute foods that have trans-fats with foods that contain natural fats. Just make sure you don’t overdo the natural fats.
If you happen to eat a lot of diet food, then you should make sure that you are a little more careful the next time you go to pick your favorite items from the shelf. You should specifically be on the lookout items that contain the chemical called aspartame.
This chemical is commonly used in diet foods and sodas. Studies have shown that aspartame causes a rare form of cancer in animals, and it has been speculated that the same effects are most likely to be replicated in human beings.
If you have a craving for something sweet, avoid aspartame and reach for a piece of fruit instead. Fruit is naturally sweet so you can fulfil your craving without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals.
Foods That are Known to Contain PFOA and BPA
PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid. It is a synthetic perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant. BPA stands for bisphenol A. It is synthetic estrogen.
You can find these chemicals in food and in food packaging.
BPA is believed to cause health problems in children, infants and fetuses. The chemical is still being studied, and other health issues could surface in the near future.
PFOA it has been linked to various health conditions and illnesses. For example, it is thought to be responsible for causing infertility in women. It has also been linked to reproductive and liver problems, as well as immune conditions.
With that in mind, you need to avoid foods that contain PFOA and BPA. These items include:
- Canned goods
- Bagged popcorn
- Pizza in a box
- Bottled drinks
These chemicals can also be found in non-stick cookware.