Foods To Avoid

October 28th, 2008

One of the most commonly consumed and most harmful substances in America is soda. The first problem with most sodas is that one can contains high amounts of sugar. As with all sugars, your body will turn them into fat, which is something that you do not want. Fat is necessary for your body to survive and function, but you get plenty of fat from eating healthy foods, so by drinking soda you are simply adding more fat to your body.

Another huge problem with many sodas is the amount of sodium in each can; once again, sodium is useful for your body but in one soda you can consume a large portion of your daily sodium intake. When your body has too much sodium, the kidneys want to get rid of the excess making you thirsty and want to urinate. This can then lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, and dehydration.

A third problem with soda is the carbonation; some people say that diet soda solves the above problems which might be true, but it is still no better for you. Your body needs water to function, it makes up 45-75 percent of a person’s body weight and is the solvent that facilitates the transport of nutrients throughout the body and aids in digestion. When water is carbonated, like it is in soda, your body has a difficult time trying to convert it into usable water for bodily functions, thus, it is effectively useless for means of productive hydration.

Sweets of all kinds are also something that should be avoided. Moderation is generally an accepted practice by many athletes and exercise enthusiasts. This comes down to an arbitrary definition of the word moderation; for me, eating a cookie for lunch and dinner has no consequential negative health effects. Just be careful, consuming too many sweets fills your body with an excessive amount of calories, fat, and sugar for the small treat that was provided. If you struggle with this, I would try limiting yourself to one or two small sweet things per day, because we are all human and getting rid of sweets completely is unrealistic.

Chips are filled with fats and oils that your body will process as fat and also can clog your arteries which can lead to heart problems in the future because blood will find it more difficult to be pumped into and out of your heart, which means less nutrient-filled blood is transported throughout your body. A heart attack can also result from this interruption of blood flow. So chips are bad, do not eat them.

Trans fats, or unsaturated fats, should be avoided as much as possible as well. Most food in grocery stores and at restaurants is filled with trans fat due mainly to hydrogenated oils. These oils improve the shelf life of food, but have terrible consequences for your body such as coronary heart disease, and arterial decomposition which leads to plaque buildup and the clogging of the arteries.

These are just a few of the many foods you should try to avoid, but I felt that these are the most important to limit in your diet because there are negative health effects and can lead to serious health problems down the road.

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