Some foods seem harmless at first. They don’t seem to pose any threat, however, more often than not, they can silently cause heart disease, cholesterol problems, and more. Some are even filled with mercury. Hopefully, this list of foods you wouldn’t think could get you in trouble will open your eyes, because it definitely opened ours.
We’re foodies, and this compilation of foods to avoid for weight loss made us take a look at our own diets.
Pasta is very rich in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can be good for you, but when eaten in large amounts, they can cause a number of problems. For example, a study of 117,366 people showed that high carbohydrate intake can increase the risk of heart disease.
It can also increase blood sugar levels, which is why we are told to have a balanced amount of carbohydrates, especially if we want to lose weight.
Of course, animal protein is part of everyone’s diet. Eggs, milk, meat, etc. are crucial for all human beings. However, too much of anything is always a bad sign. Too much animal protein can cause problems.
Animal protein contains large amounts of phosphorous, which can lead to kidney and bone complications. They can put pressure on our kidneys, since meats are much heavier than, for example, vegetables or fruits. Our kidneys take a while to filter and thus overload them, so it’s best to avoid eating too much of this food.
While diet sodas help reduce sugar intake, sugar has just been replaced by artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, and saccharin. That said, diet soda has been linked to a number of different diseases: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Therefore, it goes without saying that it is on the list of foods that we should eliminate from our diet.
Turns out tilefish have a higher amount of mercury. All fish contain some amount of mercury, however, fish such as sharks, swordfish, and oily fish contain more mercury than the average fish because they live longer and accumulate more.
If we could choose, we would say that oily fish is among the 3 foods that you should never eat, since over time, the accumulation of mercury can cause high blood pressure, higher levels of bad cholesterol, and an increased risk of heart attacks.
Rice seems to be one of the softest foods out there, but don’t be fooled by it. It can cause many problems, including low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides, and high blood pressure.
Eating balanced amounts of rice may be harmless, however, when eaten in large amounts, it can be one of those foods to avoid.
Are any of the foods we mentioned your favorite? Do you often watch your diet?
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