Part of living a healthy lifestyle is making good choices when it comes to what you eat. Have you ever wondered which foods are the worst for your health? Spoiler alert: bacon is one of them.
Bacon - Did you know that the World Health Organization classifies bacon in the same carcinogenesis category as tobacco?
Turkey Bacon - Sadly turkey bacon isn't a healthy choice either because of all the processing that is done to the meat to make it into turkey bacon.
Fried Food - Fried foods are generally high in salt, fat and calories, which can all contribute to a host of health problems including obesity. In addition, these foods are often fried in hydrogenated or trans fats which increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.
Potato Chips - Potato chips are high in sodium, provide little nutrition and are high in bad fats.
Added Sugars - Added sugars can be added in foods you wouldn't expect, so it is important to check the labels. Avoiding added sugars can help prevent obesity and metabolic diseases.
Processed Oils - It is important to avoid processed oils as much as possible, including grapeseed, soybean, canola, cottonseed, corn, and vegetable oil. These oils become oxidized during the processing process because such high heat is used. According to the Fox News article, nutritionist Arika Hoscheit explains, ""Oxidation produces free radicals that can cause damage throughout the body. As we age, our bodies have to work harder than they used to in order to recover from insults."
Hydrogenated Fats - Hydrogenated fats can be found in a lot of fast food and packaged foods, such as peanut butter. Studies have shown hydrogenated oils cause an increase in mortality rates in those who consume these fats.
Refined Carbohydrates - Think white bread, white rice, pasta, pastries, pizza and more. The way these foods are processed causes them to lost the majority of their nutrients and are known to promote inflammation in our bodies as well as obesity.
Breakfast Sausages - Breakfast sausages are processed meats, which have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Processed Meat - You may not realize it, but foods such as pepperoni, hot dogs, deli meats, packaged bologna, and beef jerky. Processed meats are known to cause high blood pressure, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and are considered carcinogens.