- Processed Foods
Foods that have been altered, changed, modified from their most natural form. Processed foods are made with additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients to give them a longer shelf life. They are then sold in packets, containers, boxes, cans or bags. emble their original form. In addition to going through many complex processing steps, processed foods often contain additives, artificial flavourings and other chemical ingredients. Avoid processed foods and base your diet on whole food to get the most nutrition and maximize your health. This is a short list of the foods to avoid:
Sugars, Refined Vegetable Oils, Low Fat Products, White Products: Bread, Pasta, Cereals, Cakes, Biscuits, Muffins, Pies, Sausages, Sausage Rolls, Ham, Bacon
Canned Fruit, Lollies, Jellies, Ice Creams, Frozen Meals (even DIET frozen meals)
Meal Replacement SHAKES, Takeaway Foods: Pizza, McDonald’s, Muesli Bars, “Kid’s Food”, Soft drinks, Fruit Juices, Margarine, Cooking Spray, Spreads, Mayonnaise, Precooked Foods,Potato chips, chocolate,
Check the ingredients on your labels. Avoid any products with numbers, words you can’t pronounce or anything that has a shelf life over a month. The easiest way to do it is JUST EAT REAL FOOD and COOK YOUR OWN MEALS.
Sugar makes you fat. It is converted directly to fat by your liver and it destroys your appetite control so that you want to eat more of everything.
The effects of sugar are of serious cause for concern: fatty liver disease, stroke, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, impotence, depression and anxiety. Persistently high blood sugar is the most immediate effect that consumption has on our bodies. Eventually that translates into obesity and type 2 diabetes. But the list continues: weight gain, high blood pressure, gout, tooth decay, kidney disease, sleep apnoea, depressed immune response, erectile dysfunction, impaired muscle development, varicose veins. If you start to regularly check the nutrition labels on your foods you will see that sugar is in most of the foods we eat. Now, sugar is used as a preservative. Hence, why we need to avoid PROCESSED FOODS (ASFIT’S NUMBER 1 FOOD TO AVOID).Apart from the obvious, here are a list of foods and the amount of sugar they contain. Keep in mind, per 200g serve, you should be looking for products with LESS than 6g.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener and approximately 200 times sweeter than sucrose, or table sugar. Aspartame is a chemical substance.
Trans fat increases our risk of heart disease by increasing the “bad” LDL cholesterol, while also lowering the “good” HDL cholesterol in our blood. hese fats are also referred to as “bad fats” and are formed through a process called hydrogenation, which is designed to extend the shelf-life of foods, as well as to make foods more palatable. Trans Fats are found in margarines, visible fat on meats, fast foods and take-away meals including deep-fried and baked foods including store bought biscuits, pastries, pies and cakes.Trans fats are found naturally in dairy and meat, so it is hard to eliminate it entirely. Avoiding the above foods is the most important part. On packaged foods (which I hope you are starting to buy less), there should be less than 2 grams of trans fat on the nutrition label. That is the MAXIMUM amount you should have per day.
They are found in nearly all processed foods: canned soups, baked beans, cured meats (like bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausages and lunch meats), chips, biscuits, cakes, muesli bars and snack foods.
Alcohol is full of calories, carbohydrates and sugar. More importantly, it contains ETHANOL (a drug), and the effects of this substance are far greater health issues than losing weight.
Depression, violence, insomnia, malnutrition, mood disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, cancer and reduced immunity are only SOME of the health issues from alcohol.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen meals, Chinese and Japanese foods, seasonings and processed meats. Studies show that regular consumption of MSG may result in adverse side effects which include damaging brain cells, disrupting heart rhythm, heart attacks, depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity. MSG effects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengaged the “I’m full” function which explains the effects of weight gain. So, it can also become addictive! MSG is labeled on packages with the number E621.
- Processed Vegetable Oils
Common vegetable cooking oils used in many homes and restaurants have very high omega-6 fatty acids and low omega-3 fats. A diet consisting of a highly imbalanced omega 6 to omega 3 ratio promotes inflammation and breeds inflammatory diseases like heart disease and cancer. These include polyunsaturated vegetable oils such as grapeseed, cottonseed, safflower, corn and sunflower oils. Replace your omega-6-saturated cooking oils with macadamia oil, extra virgin olive oil, and avocado which have a more balanced omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ratio.
- Food Colourings
Studies show that artificial colorings which are found in soda, fruit juices and salad dressings, may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ.
Blue #1 and Blue #2 (E133)
Found in: lollies, breakfast cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods
Red dye # 3 (E124)
This dye has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals, may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission
Found in: cocktail drinks, ice cream, lollies, and more.
Yellow #6 (E110) and Yellow Tartrazine (E102)
Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals, may cause chromosomal damage.
Found in: some cheeses, lollies and soft drinks.