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Keep off these nutritionally empty five foods

Unhealthy foods to avoid

French fries

With the mushrooming of fast food joints, French fries have befriended the taste buds more than ever. The problem with fries is not just the unhealthy trans-fats and calories load, but also how easy it is to gobble too much at one go. They tend to dominate palate to such an extent that one may not try to entertain other vegetables. Also, frying leads to the loss of valuable vitamin C, a nutrient found abundant in raw potato, thereby making it nutritionally deficient. It is advisable to bake them to retain the fun of munching but in limits for sure.

Sweetened drinks

Almost all hype around the health risks that soda possesses is sadly true. Drinking soda or cola increases the odds of developing diabetes type-2 considerably. One can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup adding to 150 calories, 55 mg of caffeine, artificial food colors, and sulfites. With these empty calories and lack of nutrients, these drinks are completely nutritionally deficient. Consumption of these can make one fall to bear cavities, obesity, lowering of bone density leading to osteoporosis. Fruit drinks too are just as bad as soda. Scientists say that they too are not made of 100 percent juice; their nutritional worth is as low as soda. Thus, there is not a single good reason to relish them. One must stop these drinks and prefer having fresh fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and water to fulfill a liquid desire.

Processed meat

Processed meat refers to meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Examples include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. Multiple research claims that processed meat such as hot dog, bologna can cause diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer. Hot dogs, for example, are loaded with sodium, fat, and nitrates which have been linked to cancer. Also, these packed meats are artificially coated with nitrates to make them appear red and fresh. To get maximum benefits of nutrients that meat possesses one should always prefer fresh meat.

White bread

No doubt with its easy availability and easy incorporation into easiest recipes, the intake of bread is very popular in the form of sandwiches, bread pakodas, bread chats, etc. However, It is no more a secret that white bread is hopelessly deficient in fiber and high in sugars and sodium. Maida or flour being the main ingredient of bread makes it a strict no for intake. Maida is known to be nutritionally nil in its content and the main cause of constipation, indigestion, etc. Bread when consumed takes a longer time to digest thus giving a bloated feeling. The trans-fats involved are also responsible for causing obesity, heart problems, diabetes, etc. My advice for bread lovers is to prefer brown bread, multigrain bread, pita bread, etc.over white bread and enjoy the bread texture, aroma, and sweetness.


Margarine is made from the highly refined vegetable oils such as rapeseed, canola, etc. by the hydrogenation process. These are said to be trans fats, which are toxins to the body. They are said to be one molecule away from being plastic. Including these in your diet may increase the risk of developing cancers by five folds. Coronary heart problems are said to be tripled with their intake. Margarine also deteriorates the immunity and decreases insulin response. It is advisable to spread butter or desi ghee on burgers, sandwiches, etc. rather than pouring margarine.

Organic food

The fact goes to consume real and organic foods and does not give away for the sake of taste buds. Be smart consumer by reading all nutritional labels approved by FDA. Your body will stay healthy and say thank you.

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