Not all foods are required equal. Sometimes, behind those mouthwatering goodness lurks the evil fats, calories, sugar, salt and all other dietary elements you would rather avoid.
The following are four of those everyday foods and drinks that are killing you slowly, most especially if consumed every day.
Canned tomato sauce
While you might never associate canned tomatoes and tomato sauces with sugar as you make your spaghetti, the fact of the matter is this cooking staple is high in fructose corn syrup – secretly contributing to increased rates of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. So the next time you crave for spaghetti, make sure to check the label for low sugar and low salt tomato sauce.
While this fizzy drink might be the best thirst quencher on a hot summer day, it is definitely not your best friend. Each can of soda you guzzle down is void of healthy nutrients except for 10 teaspoons of refined sugar. It also contains artificial food dyes, preservatives, and phosphoric acid – the latter can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb calcium. Also, the aspartame used in diet sodas as sugar substitute is linked to a number of health problems, including diabetes, brain tumors and multiple sclerosis.
Bacon, ham, salami and bologna – who doesn’t want one? They make breakfast preparation fast and easy. But here’s something you might want to know, deli meats are high in fats, nitrates and sodium, especially the pre-sliced cuts, which due to larger surface exposure requires stronger preservatives. A 12-year European study of more than half a million people found that steady exposure to processed meats is linked to premature death. According to the research, people who ate more than 160g of processed meat a day were 44% at risk to early death.
Alarmed by a number of choking deaths among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement last February 2010 recommending the labeling and redesign of hotdogs. But as it turns out, the choking accident is not the only problem with this ballpark treat. A global research funded by the World Cancer Research Fund revealed that people who regularly consume 50g of processed meat a day (or one and a half hotdog) increase their risk to bowel cancer by 20%. This is largely blamed to E250, the sodium nitrate added to hotdogs to keep them from going grey to keep bacteria at bay.
It doesn’t mean that eating all of these foods will kill you immediately. You may consume one, but be aware of t