What You Need to Avoid for a Healthy Diet
In the light of always learning and improving our knowledge when it comes to eating healthy and exercising I think it’s always great to hear different perspectives and learn from people’s experiences.
When it comes to achieving our fitness goals whether it be losing excess fat, or building lean muscle it unfortunately does take a lot of trial and error to find out what works best for our specific body type.
In this article, I though it would be interesting to try a slightly different approach. Rather than telling you what you SHOULD eat on a healthy diet, we’re going to look at what to avoid. This list is based on current trends among health professionals and nutritionists who live eat and breathe fitness and health.
So let’s see if anything comes as a suprise…
15 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never Eat
Breakfast Cereals – Sorry folks, but the first one on this list might be your favorite. But almost all breakfast cereals are pretty much just empty calories. The only good thing about some of them is their fiber content, but that’s pretty much about it.
Caged Eggs – Eggs are a great breakfast replacement, but skip the caged eggs and go for organic, free-range whenever you can. The chickens that are raised this way are fed properly and produce fewer stress hormones, making their eggs healthier (and tastier).
Artificial Sweeteners – I’ve talked about this one before, but the research is pretty clear. Artificial sweeteners just trick your mind into thinking it’s getting a boost of energy, but then never comes through, leaving you with major cravings in order to fulfill those energy requirements.
Farmed Salmon – Plain and simple – stick to wild fish. Farmed fish like salmon are high in toxic metals like mercury and are reported time and time again to cause major long-term health problems. For extra brownie points pick fish that have a sustainability badge like Oceans for Wise
Processed Peanut Butter – I’ll admit it’s pretty tasty, but the processed stuff is full of sodium, sugar, and unhealthy oils. Go with 100% all-natural peanut (or any nut) butter.
Canned Tomatoes – This is another processed food that should be avoided at all cost. Canned tomatoes are high in sodium, plus the cans are lined with a synthetic estrogen as a preservative that may contribute to reproductive problems and heart disease.
Raw Nuts – Nuts are one of the healthiest snacks to include on a whole foods diet, but you may be surprised to learn that there are concerns that raw nuts (or those that aren’t roasted) aren’t the best for your health. They are though to contain a chemical that can actually reduce absorption of iron and other key nutrients. Roast them, and you’re good to go.
Frozen Dinners – Hopefully this one is already on your list of foods to avoid, but the preservatives in these highly processed foods are totally bad for your health.
Table Salt – Table salt is pretty much the most refined salt you can add to your food, and it can lead to high blood pressure. Go for sea salts and crystal salts if you can, but try to cut down altogether.
Non-Organic Dairy – The hormones injected into cows, in addition to the unnatural foods their fed, can make dairy a really unhealthy option. Just go organic to play it safe.
Vegetable Oil – Vegetable oils are not the first pick of nutritionists when it comes to cooking fats. They’re highly processed and high in trans fats. Cook with olive oil or coconut oil as a healthier alternative.
Packaged Bread – The bread that comes packaged and pre-cut is pretty much the most refined and processed wheat product you can buy, especially if it’s made out of white flour. Always go with the most whole food choice you can find.
Processed Meats – Any meats that are processed, including deli meats and lunch meats, hot dogs, and sausages, are totally high in sodium and other chemicals that keep them together. Studies even show they’re related to a shorter lifespan.
Margarine – Margarine and other butter substitutes are high in trans fats and have been linked to a lot of health problems. Most nutritionists now agree that natural butters and oils are the way to go.
Unfermented Soy – Unfermented soy options, including tofu and soy milk, are highly processed foods and may screw with your hormone levels. Plus soy has pretty heavy pesticide use. So try to avoid it if you can, and go with other dairy substitutes like almond or coconut milk.
Want to add to your list of what to avoid? Also check out these 20 Foods that Will Ruin Your Workout.
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