Many people I speak to regarding their diet think they are eating healthy and making the healthiest choices possible for them and their family.
But probing a little deeper, I see many people are still stuck in the diet mantras of the 80′s and 90′s and eating foods they were told at one time was best for them while avoiding foods that have turned out to be imperative for optimal health.
Here are the top 9 foods that you should NEVER eat if you want to achieve optimal health and avoid chronic illnesses.
1. Vegetable Oils
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Vegetable oils are partially hydrogenated trans fats that are genetically modified. Vegetable oil consumption has been linked to various ailments and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and autoimmune diseases.
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Margarine isn’t a real food at all, rather a chemically generated food made from vegetable oils. As you just learned, vegetable oil consumption is responsible for various diseases and should be avoided. Instead of margarine, feel free to eat real butter, preferably that made from grass-fed animals.
3. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are a chemical and not real food. They are known to alter your gut microbiome and are linked to cancer, diabetes and weight gain.
4. Low Fat Dairy
Low fat dairy has obviously had their fat content removed from them. The fat in these foods are there for a reason, to protect you from other components of the food that may be harmful to your health. Not only that but lower fat versions of milk have higher content of sugar which we know is not good for us.
5. Soy Protein
Unfermented soy products are generally genetically modified and sprayed with roundup. The chemicals in round up are now known to cause cancer. Over consumption can also cause allergies, asthma, hypothyroidism and kidney disease, just to name a few. Soy is also an endocrine disruptor and can lead to hormone imbalances that lead to cancer. Soy is definitely not the health food it was once marketed to be.
7. Farmed Fish
Fish obtained from your local grocery store are likely farmed raise, meaning not caught in the wild. Farm raised fish are known to be full of PBC’s and other known neurotoxins and pesticides. Yum.
8. Fruit Juice
Eating whole fruit is not the same as drinking store bought, conventional fruit juice. Most of the time those juices aren’t even 100% juice and they contain added sugars and flavors to make them palatable to children. Too much sugar and not enough natural juice. Stick to whole fruit or the occasional freshly squeezed juice.
9. Conventionally Raised Meat and Dairy
Meat and dairy that comes from conventionally raised animals is full of GMO’s, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones that all disrupt your gut microbiome and hormones. This can lead to cancer, diabetes and heart disease among others. Look for meat and dairy products from grass-fed animals or from a local farm.
The bottom line is that there are many foods people consume today that they only *think* is healthy for them. They have been a victim of mainstream media – companies whose products that need to sell and make them money, but that are causing us to be sick.
Work to eliminate these 9 foods from your diet and you will be well on your way to better health.