1. Choose health over taste
What you eat doesn’t only affect your skin, hair and weight but it can also do something more sinister.
2. Deadly fast food
In this era of fast food and packaged food, we often forget the price that comes with this ease of readily available food.
Here is a list of food items that you should never, ever put inside your mouth.
3. Saturated fat
According to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, total dietary fat and saturated fat intake might increase the risk of developing lung cancer. You may want to watch the intake of those fries now.
According to research conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), drinking just a glass of alcoholic beverage increases breast cancer risk. Isn’t it reason enough to ditch that glass of wine?
5. Your beloved crispy potatoes
According to a study conducted by the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), your favourite crispy potatoes could be wreaking havoc on your health. Yes, the brown crispiness might give you the perfect flavour, but it could also lead to the creation of acrylamide. When starchy food are cooked in high temperature, acrylamide is produced. This chemical might potentially increase the risk of cancer. Tip? It is best that you cook any starchy food–including bread–to a light-golden instead of burning it a dark brown.
6. Piping hot coffee
Coffee and tea lovers beware! While coffee is not dangerous by itself, if you are a fan of piping hot cup of coffee or tea, you might be putting yourself at the risk of oesophagal cancer. Simply put, if you are constantly exposing your throat to high temperatures of liquid, there are chances of developing tumours.
7. Soft drinks
This one is for those who cannot finish one meal without downing a bottle of soft drink. In case you did not know (or chose to ignore) a can of your favourite soft drink contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar. This is not all. It can also increase the risk of cancer. Yes, and for those of you conveniently opting for diet soda cans, be rest assured that they are not the healthier alternative, thanks to the artificial sweeteners present in them. A lot of studies have linked the artificial sweeteners present in soft drinks to stroke and obesity.
8. Processed meat
Unless and until you have been living under a rock, it is a common knowledge that processed meat is really, really bad for your health. Now, here is the worst part. Processed meats like salami and bacon may also contain nitrite and nitrates. According to various researches, these chemical additives are linked to a bevy of cancers.
9. Microwave popcorn
So, the next time you want to create a theatre-like feel and binge-watch on your favourite movies, we suggest that you refrain from microwaving the ready-made popcorns. Actually, it is not the popcorn which is the problem, it is the bag in which it comes.
10. The popcorn bag
The bag has certain chemicals that keep the kernels from sticking to it. When you microwave the bag, these chemicals make way into the popcorn. One of them is perfluorinated compounds, which is present in the bag itself.
Disclaimer: This article is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or doctor for more information.