Foods That Ruin Your Health & Sabotage Your Weight Loss- Part 2 of 3

Yesterday there weren’t any surprises on the list of foods that are ruining your health. Today and tomorrow I think you may be surprised at a few of the foods we’re telling you to significantly restrict or avoid altogether.

With some of these foods, you may have a made a decent decision to avoid foods that are high in saturated fats and calories, but your ‘healthy’ options may not be that healthy after all.


This one was an obvious choice for the list. While most fast food restaurants now offer at least a few healthier options, for most people, these aren’t the options you typically order when you go to these restaurants.

Fast food carries a lot of empty calories with plenty of saturated and trans fats. On average, the meat used to make a fast food hamburger is only twelve percent meat. The rest of the burger contains, water, bone, and other fillers that the body does not require. The trans fat found in most fast foods, especially hamburgers, can raise your cholesterol levels substantially and is linked to causing heart disease as well. The additives in hamburgers are also a health hazard. Ammonia is often used in the mechanically separated meat product in order to irradicate any forms of bacteria.

Sodium phosphate and nitrates are used to preserve and texturize the meat. Some individuals may suffer from side effects due to how processed the meat becomes. On average, most fast food options, hamburgers, in particular, are extremely high in sodium to enhance the taste. In addition to the meat, the buns used are often made with enriched flour, which is processed or bleached flour, and the toppings, which may appear healthy, can contain numerous amounts of sugars and salts, as seen in many condiments like ketchup and mustard.


Here’s one you probably weren’t expecting. You probably assumed that fat-free equates to healthy but many of the foods labeled fat-free are highly processed and contain high, if not higher, amounts of sugar and calories than their normal versions.

While there are some fat-free foods that are healthier for you, make sure you check the labels for sugar content. Cheese and other dairy products can be produced fat-free simply by replacing whole milk with skim milk. Many foods are available fat-free today, such as peanut butter, yogurt, and salad dressings.

Manufacturers of fat-free foods tend to add sugar or even high-fructose corn syrup to maintain a longer shelf life for many of their products. This is only adding empty calories to your diet, replacing one problem with another. You skip the fat but are still getting the calories.

Consuming fat is part of a healthy diet when eaten in moderation and choosing healthy sources of fat. Monounsaturated fats are something the body can digest. These healthy fats can be found in fish, avocados or nuts. Stick to these fats and save your health by skipping fat-free foods that are available at the store.


The truth about microwave popcorn has been known for years but many are still of the belief that popcorn of any kind is a healthy low calorie snack. NOT TRUE AT ALL!

Microwave popcorn contains highly dangerous ingredients if you indulge too often. This tasty, salty snack food contains carcinogens which are cancer-causing free radicals. Even the bag is harmful to your health, with perfluorochemicals being added to the bag to ensure they are greaseproof. This chemical has been linked to thyroid disease and ADHD.

Diacetyl is one of the ingredients put in the artificial fat of microwave popcorn which is also a cancer-causing chemical.

A recent investigation was performed by an Occupational Safety and Health organization in a popular (and not disclosed) factory that made microwave popcorn. The investigation began because some employees were developing bronchiolitis obliterans, a type of lung disease. The results of the investigation discovered the disease was caused by something within the factory, as numerous employees were exposed to the artificial flavoring agent found in the product.

Employees now have an exposure limit to these flavoring agents that we consume when we eat microwavable popcorn. If you still crave this savory snack, try making your own from natural kernels in a popcorn maker or over the stove, as it is not only a healthier alternative but a safer one too.


While margarine is allegedly being marketed as a healthy alternative to butter, it is a major source of trans fats. Not to mention, there was never enough evidence that indicated that switching from natural butter to processed margarine would drastically decrease a person’s chance of having a heart attack or heart disease.

Rather, it was a simple marketing ploy used to sell a product that played on people’s fears for their health. Trans fats cause cholesterol to spike as well as damage blood vessel walls. Numerous research reports note that margarine has high levels of trans fats that raise LDL cholesterol levels, or bad cholesterol while lowering levels of HDL, or good cholesterol levels within the body.

In addition to trans fats, margarine contains synthetic vitamins along with artificial colors. Consuming omega-3 fats or butter is much better for not only your overall health but your heart too. Regardless of the amount of fat content in butter, the ingredients are much more natural than margarine, especially if you eat organic or grass-fed butter.


I bet this one took you by surprise. A meatless hamburger or hot dog may have protein in it but consider how processed the vegetarian dish is to make it taste like meat.

Although these “meat” products are highly fortified with vitamins and minerals and have no saturated fats or cholesterol, they are still highly processed food products that are packed with salt, refined ingredients, and calories as opposed to whole, natural meats.

Many processed meat products are made with soy and gluten, therefore always read the labels on any alternative meat product. Meat products like this often contain a lot of added chemicals making it incredibly unhealthy as well. Often people gain a significant amount of weight when they go vegan due to consuming the wrong kind of proteins. The shorter the ingredient list, the better for your health and body.


Similar to processed foods, prepackaged foods may be quick and convenient, but many contain hidden ingredients that are not listed on the packaging. Even prepackaged meals that are marketed as healthy can contain numerous chemicals and preservatives.

For instance, many of these prepackaged meals and snacks, often frozen, contain high amounts of sodium, sugars, and fat. Meals that are high in sodium, such as prepackaged pizza, soups, bread, soups, pasta and meat dishes, sandwiches, and Raman noodles, put an individual at an increased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease, and to keep these levels healthy, you will need to limit your sodium intake to less than 1,500 milligrams a day.

Other prepackaged foods contain copious amounts of sugar, including high fructose corn syrup, and consuming a large amount of sugar will increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. Not to mention, trans fats are often incorporated into these foods and increase your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and a heart attack.



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