With the way the word healthy gets thrown around today, it is virtually impossible for someone to figure out what they should be doing to make sure they stay on the right track with their health and nutrition. If you are into the research than you may have come across much of the debate regarding the calorie theory. Some believe that a calorie is a calorie, however we often fail to take into consideration the impact that foods have on our bodies that goes further than the impact of calories. Here is a list of 12 foods that you should consider eliminating from your diet if you want to improve your overall health.
1. Vegetable Oil
Vegetable oils are often perceived as healthy due to the name. However, Vegetable oils are high in Omega-6 fatty acids which can contribute to inflammation, a common driver of many chronic diseases. Additionally, vegetable oils are often high in trans fats which are also considered highly toxic to our body.
|Replacement: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil|
2. Sugary Drink
Sugary drinks come in many different types. From sodas to tea and sports drinks. While some of these drinks are often considered healthy, many fail to take into account that they are loaded with simple sugars.
|Replacement: Low-Calorie Beverages|
3. French Fries
This one may be a little more obvious but it is important to point out because of how readily available they are. Almost every restaurant serves French fries as a side to most meals. French fries are extremely calorie dense. They are also high in bad fats and carbohydrates and consuming these two together can wreak havoc on your metabolism and general health long term.
|Replacement: Baked Sweet Potato Fries|
4. White Bread
White bread is very high in refined grains. Refined grains are very low in fiber making them responsible for a rapid blood sugar increase when ingested. Additionally, refined grains have been associated with a variety of negative health effects.
|Replacement: Breads High in Fiber, Lettuce Wraps|
5. Fruit Juices
Fruit juice is another food commonly thought of being healthy. While it is true that some juices may contain a variety of beneficial vitamins and minerals, these drinks are also paired with high amounts of sugar. Long-term consumption of such high amounts of sugar could lead to many health problems including insulin resistance.
|Replacement: Fresh Fruit, Vegetable Juices|
6. Certain Beers
You may be thinking this is because of the alcohol content. Not necessarily. Alcohol in moderation can be safe and maybe even beneficial to our health. However, some beers are very calorie dense and accompanied by high amounts of sugar. Having a couple beers like this may not be the best for your health goals!
|Replacement: Low Carb Beers|
7. High Calorie Coffee Drinks
This is one of the hidden dangerous foods that most people don’t know about. Did you know that some of the tasty caffeinated beverages at your favorite coffee shop are over 1,000 calories! I bet you can guess where these calories are coming from!
|Replacement: Black Coffee with Heavy Cream|
8. Certain Protein Bars
What?! Protein bars are healthy right? Not always. Some products that are touted as being healthy protein bars are loaded with simple sugars. You may as well have a protein shake and a candy bar!
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|Replacement: High Fiber Protein Bars (Quest)|
9. White Flour
This one is an obvious one. White flour is also a refined grain which as we mentioned earlier can be quite problematic for our health
|Replacement: Almond Flour, Coconut Flour|
Really Ketchup? Yes! Have you ever checked the label? Ketchup contains high fructose corn syrup which is generally recognized as an ingredient that we should avoid when it comes to our health.
|Replacement: Low Sugar Ketchup|
This seems like an obvious one but I am not just talking about the doughnut. I’m talking about that banana muffin you think is healthy! Many pastries are full of refined grains and sugar. As we know….not good!
|Replacement: Try your own recipe using Almond or Coconut Flour and Protein Powder|
12. Dried Fruits
Again the culprit…way too much sugar!
|Replacement: Low Glycemic Fruits such as Berries|
It is important to point out that moderation is key.
When it comes to these foods, it is not expected that you refrain 100% from all 12 of these. Unless you have the self-control to do so! Chances are though that you would enjoy a doughnut from time to time or a nice beer and a side of fries with your burger. After all, quality of life is key. However, if you can do your best to limit these foods as much as possible, your body will thank you!