Beyond the Basics: Foods to Avoid for a Healthier Lifestyle
There are some foods that are generally considered to be less healthy and should be consumed in moderation, or avoided altogether. Here are some examples:
Processed foods: Processed foods are often high in sugar, sodium, and unhealthy fats. Examples include fast food, packaged snacks, and frozen meals.
Sugary drinks: Sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks, and sweetened tea and coffee can contribute to weight gain and increase the risk of health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
Trans fats: Trans fats are found in many fried and processed foods, and have been linked to increased risk of heart disease and other health problems.
Refined carbohydrates: Refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and rice can cause spikes in blood sugar levels and have fewer nutrients than whole grain options.
Artificial sweeteners: While they may be lower in calories than sugar, artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose have been linked to health problems and are best consumed in moderation.
It's important to note that everyone's dietary needs and restrictions are different, so it's best to consult a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice on what foods to avoid or limit in your diet.
-Donna M., Nutrition Counselor/ Exercise Physiologist