But the truth is, there actually are unhealthy foods to avoid – “foods to die for” – literally!
So how do we know there’s a list of unhealthy foods to avoid? It’s simple. Four of the top leading causes of premature death in the U.S. have proven to be significantly related to eating the unhealthy foods listed below.
Are diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke worth “foods to die for”?
If you want to improve your health, vitality, appearance and feel better too, these foods to avoid, no matter how tasty, are better off left alone.
What Foods to Avoid and Not to Eat
Since the unhealthy foods below clearly contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and senility, start replacing them with choices from the list of healthy foods for healthy eating.
- Fruits and Vegetables: Eliminate deep-fried vegetables and vegetables served with butter, cheese or cream sauce. Avoid canned sweetened fruit, fruit juice (one cup has no fiber and as much as 10 teaspoons of sugar) and fruit toppings like whipped cream.
- Refined Grain Products: Cut out all refined grains, found in most breads, pasta, crackers and cereals and all pastries, such as doughnuts, cakes, pies, croissants, muffins, cookies, and snack foods like chips, buttered popcorn and many trail mixes.
- Nuts, Seeds and Beans: Stay away from fatty bean soups and chilies that include sausage, bacon or other high fat meats. And avoid nuts and seeds that are roasted in oil and salted.
- Meats, Fish and Poultry: Eliminate red meat high in saturated fats and other high fat meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs, ribs, bologna, pepperoni, salami, pastrami and most hamburgers. Also avoid fried fish, chicken and turkey, plus poultry skin.
- High Fat Dairy Products: Avoid high fat cream, cream cheese, sour cream, whipped cream, ice cream, whole milk, 2% reduced fat milk and whole milk yogurt. Only use butter and full fat cheese in small quantities and eat no more than one egg a day.
- Bad Fats and Most Oils: Limit saturated fats and eliminate all fried foods, foods containing trans fats, lard or the partially hydrogenated oils found in pastries, doughnuts, cakes, cookies, candy, microwave popcorn, French fries and most chocolate.
- High Glycemic Sweets: Avoid concentrated sweets, like fruit juice and candy and sweetened foods, like sodas, bakery goods, prepared cereals, canned goods and most packaged foods.
For other foods not to eat, read labels and check on additives, salt, sugar and fat content. Then exchange these unhealthy foods to avoid for nourishing choices from the list of healthy foods for healthy eating.