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One of the quickest ways to reach optimal health is to know which foods to avoid. By having this information, you’ll automatically begin to choose foods that will provide benefits rather than negative consequences for your health and vitality. Some of these foods may surprise you based on the contradictory information provided by companies who have a vested interest in you buying them. However, I’ve outlined specific reasons why it’s important to do your best to avoid them.
1. White Bread and Pasta
White bread and pasta are simple carbohydrates, which means that they have been stripped of all their nutrients and therefore act like a sugar in the body. In order for the body to properly digest these foods, it must rob existing vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium from its storage banks, depleting nutrients rather than providing them. Additionally, the body only needs a limited supply of glucose to fuel its cells. Therefore, once you’ve reach...
In Part 1, I shared the first 4 foods I recommend people avoid for optimal health. The remaining 4 foods you should stay clear of are the following:
Soft drinks, which contain primarily high fructose corn syrup, are possibly the #1 source of calories in the United States. This means that soda is not only dangerous for your health for the reasons connected to HFCS (see Part 1), but it also has its own set of health risks associated with excessive sugar consumption. High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, premature aging, weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, depression, digestive problems, osteoporosis, eczema and kidney disease have all been linked to high sugar diets.  Many people believe that the harmful effects are eliminated with diet sodas. However, the dangers associated with sugar substitutes such as aspartame are even more debilitating. Overconsumption of aspartame has been linked to a wide-range of symptoms and serious health cond...
Earlier studies that I reviewed here indicated that when we take our food in liquid form rather than in a solid one, we consume more calories that day. And now a big new study shows that when we cut back on the amount of liquid calories that we consume, we do lose weight. But, unlike the earlier studies, the new one finds only one liquid culprit: sugar-sweetened beverages. No other type of beverage is associated with a change in weight. This is good news for people with diabetes. More than 85 percent of us are overweight or obese, according to a survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six other beverages tested in the new study had little or no effect on the weight of the participants. They are diet drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners, milk with four different amounts of fat, 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices, coffee and tea with sugar, coffee and tea without sugar, coffee and tea sweetened with artificial sweeteners, and all sorts of alcoholic b...
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