Unhealthy Foods

May 30, 2011

Dieting, Healthy Life

Most preschool children develop a taste for unhealthy food – salt, sugar and fat at home, and quickly learn which types of brand-name fast foods and sodas meet these preferences.

The specific nutritional choices you and your youngster make are crucial. Good nutrition is essential to good health and the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to think of their nutritional decisions as health decisions. Snacks are an important part of your child’s overall nutrition, so you need to make them just as nutritionally sound as their regular meals.
The food industry has been successful in reducing the number of television ads aimed at children in recent years and much of that advertising has moved to the Internet, social media and other digital platforms such as smart phones. Public health advocates have argued that the industry’s self-regulation is not enough and has pushed the government to set guidelines for unhealthy food.

Foods are classified as “Unhealthy food” if they…

unhealthy food … provide empty calories.These kinds of foods are high in calories but have little or no nutritional value. Donuts are a good example of empty calorie foods. If you eat one standard donut, you will get about 200 calories – mostly from fat and sugar. There are little or no vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in donuts.

unhealthy food … don’t have enough fiber. Low fiber means it will be much harder for your body to get the residue out the food of your system after you’ve digested it. A good example of a food low in fiber would be white bread. Two slices of white bread will give you only about 1 gram of fiber. Not nearly enough for a healthy gut.

unhealthy food … take nutrients from your body and leave you more nutritionally deficient than before you ate them. A good example would be soda pop drinks that are high in caffeine, sugar, and phosphorus. These drinks do not provide your body with any nutrition. They are full of caffeine, sugar, and phosphorus which cause your body to lose calcium from your bones.

unhealthy food … do damage to your body in one or more ways. An example of a food that does damage to your body is margarine and any other food that contains hydrogenated oils. When oils are hydrogenated, they form trans-fatty acids. Trans-fats do damage to a number of systems in the body and are linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Unhealthy foods

Unhealthy foods

Sadly, some of our favorite household foods top the should not eat – unhealthy food list. Here are some American favorites that should be approached with cautious moderation. Unhealthy food:

  1. Baked Beans – Many people keep a stock of canned beans in the pantry. Those that are soaking in sugary syrup, like baked beans, are high in refined sugars and contribute to many health problems – unhealthy food!
  2. Campbell’s Condensed Soups – unhealthy food! Have you seen how much salt is in your classic Campbell’s condensed soup? Do yourself a favor and try the low-sodium version instead.
  3. Chicken Pot Pie – Processed, store-bought pot pies are terribly unhealthy. Pepperidge Farm makes roasted chicken pot pie 1,020 calories and 64 grams of fat.
  4. Hot Dogs – Not only are these a leading cause of choking in children and adults, they contain highly processed meat “byproducts,” whatever that may be. Stay away from foods with such mysterious ingredients.
  5. Luncheon Meats – Commercial cold cuts are highly processed and packed with unhealthy additives.
  6. Ramen Noodles – unhealthy food! College students everywhere are scraping by with this inexpensive dish. However, it offers nothing in the way of nutrients and is loaded with sodium.
  7. Saltines – unhealthy food! These crackers taste good with your soup, but provide only excessive carbohydrates and sodium.
  8. White Bread – Foods made of mostly white flour are just empty calories and carbohydrates. Don’t be fooled by wheat bread, either. You should be looking for wholewheat bread.
  9. White Pasta – The white flour strikes again. Although tasty, this refined product offers too many carbohydrates and too many calories.
  10. White Potatoes – These are the type of potatoes that are commonly used for junk food like French Fries. They contain solanine, which can have a toxic effect on people. Among other things, solanine can contribute to calcium depletion and arthritic pain.
  11. Chocolate – It isn’t just the calories that make chocolate a big no-no. It is also a source of caffeine and some people are quite sensitive to the effects.
  12. Coffee Cake – This sugary baked good definitely tastes great, but it is full of refined sugars, artificial additives and fat.
  13. Cookies – Technically, there are healthy cookie recipesout there. However, the typical cookies are full of refined flour, refined sugars and more calories than you should ever consume in one nibble.
  14. Corn Chips – unhealthy food! Don’t let the word “corn” fool you. This snack does not count as a vegetable serving and are just as bad for you as any other fried, salted snack.
  15. Doughnuts – Artificial flavors, refined sugar and trans fats abound in these devilishly delicious snacks.
  16. French Fries - unhealthy food! French fries are not only fatty, they contain acrylamide, which is a known carcinogen.
  17. Ice Cream - unhealthy food! Ice cream can be fatty with the whole milk and sugar alone. However, it becomes even worse when you start adding things like chocolate pieces or cookie dough. Opt for low-fat frozen yogurt if you must indulge.
  18. Lunchables – This Oscar Mayer product is convenient for lunch or a quick snack, but contains highly processed meats, non-enriched bread and a lot of sodium.
  19. Potato Chips – Most of us realize how bad these are for us, yet they are hard to resist. Potato chips are high in trans fats, calories, salt and the carcinogen acrylamide - unhealthy food!
unhealthy food

unhealthy food

Some of the foods on this list are obviously unhealthy, though you may be surprised by a few. We have also included beverages, as well as the worst dishes from popular American chain restaurants, to round out the list. Since it would be difficult to rank the unhealthy foods according to health risk, we have categorized and alphabetized each item.

Unfortunately, many of the best-tasting foods in America are terrible for us and unhealthy foods. Whether they are high in calories, fat, sugar, sodium or some other nasty additive, we’ve listed America’s most unhealthy foods.

In fact, a study at John Hopkins University recently determined a link between high blood sugar and heart disease. This means high glycemic foods, such as the candy I just mentioned as well as many similar products, are inherently unhealthy food.

It is normal to have cravings for unhealthy food from time to time. However it is possible to curb those cravings by substituting health alternatives. Here are and few alternatives to commonly craved unhealthy food items.

Unhealthy Foods - SOURCE: University of Oregon & http://www.x-raytechnicianschools.org

REMEMBER: Unhealthy food…provide empty calories


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One Response to “Unhealthy Foods”

  1. Healthy Eating Says:

    Researchers say sleepy brains associate junk food with reward and pleasure. The unhealthy foods included nutrient poor foods such as candy and pepperoni pizza, and the healthy foods included nutrient rich foods such as oatmeal, fruits and vegetables.