Top 10 Worst Foods on or off a Diet

by admin on May 24, 2010

What are the worst foods you could eat in a day?  Think about it, get a few ideas, because we’re going to go through them.  Whether you are on a diet or not, these are 10 foods that must be eaten in careful moderation or avoided completely.

Fried Catfish

The #10 worst food that you can eat: fried catfish.  Catfish is a bottom-feeder fish and it’s full of toxins.  It doesn’t have as many nutrients as the fish, like salmon, that are real rich in essential fatty acids.  So you take this fillet, cover it with white flour, which is also devoid of nutrients, and then you deep fry it.  So then you get a whole bunch of fat, a whole bunch of carcinogens, and a whole bunch of calories, so that’s why it’s number 10.

Canned Soups

#9  Canned soups.  Now I know what you’re thinking, you’ve seen the commercial and it says ‘Soup is Good Food.’  Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but soups are really high in sodium and they have MSG, which is a preservative, they also have lots of trans fats and again the sodium.  It can even go up to 1,100 milligrams in one cup.  The recommended maximum amount of sodium in a day is 2,400 milligrams, so you’re getting almost half the recommended amount in a day just from one cup, and you’re probably eating more than one cup a day.  So, soup isn’t necessarily the best food for you.

Bacon

#8 worst food to eat: bacon.  I like to refer to bacon as fried salt and fat, because that’s really all it is.  Two strips of bacon, when you cook it and drain it, is going to be about 120 calories and about 10 grams of fat, and that’s if you drain it.  So if you’re not draining your bacon you’re getting a lot more fat than that.  It’s also going to contain nitrates and nitrites, which are absolutely related to stomach, pancreatic, and colon cancers.  So stay away from the bacon!

Hamburger

#7  Fast food hamburger.  Hopefully, you didn’t get one of these for lunch.  So let’s take an example.  A Jack-in-the-Box ultimate cheeseburger.  It has 1,010 calories, 71 grams of fat, 1,580 grams of sodium, and 12 grams of sugar.  The average person needs about 2,000 calories a day, so you were getting over half the amount of calories you need in a day in that one hamburger, you are getting more than half the amount of sodium you would need in a day, you are getting one and half times the normal amount of fat you would need in a diet in a day, and then you’re getting extra sugar.

So if you’re wondering why you’re really tired in the afternoon, if you went and grabbed a hamburger at lunch, well, that’s why.

Commercially Baked Goods

#6  Store bought, commercially baked goods.  Now, we’re talking Little Debbies, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Grandma’s Cookies, Star Crunches, god, the list could go on and on.  These foods are really high in fat, particularly the trans fats, which are going to reduce the good cholesterol in your body.  Lots and lots of sugar, lots and lots of calories.  An alternative to getting these store bought baked goods would be to go to your local bakery.  It would be the lesser of two evils.  Typically, they use less hydrogenated fats, it’s not as processed, they tend to use a little bit better ingredients, so if you’re going to choose one, go with that option.  But in general, if they’re made by elves, you’ve got to be careful because they’re probably going to uncommonly bad for you!

Potato Chips

#5  A classic potato chip.  And the reason they say on the commercial, ‘You can’t eat just one,’ you’ve got to have the whole bag, well, it’s because they’re so addictive.  High in fat, high in calories, high in sodium, so it kind of makes you feel thirsty and makes you just crave more.  These chips are also going to have acrimamide, which is a known carcinogen, related to certain types of cancers.  So when you’re buying these bags of potato chips, they’re not delicate slices of potatoes.  They are processed to the max, pumped full of sodium, dripped in trans fat, covered in hydrogenated oils, thrown into this bag.  It’s just loaded with preservatives and sodium and all kinds of bad things you don’t want in your diet.  So, definitely, chips would not be the best option.

Hot Dogs and Lunch Meats

#4  Hot dogs and lunch meats. Now, I like to refer to hot dogs as ‘mystery meat’ because it’s really a conglomeration of parts of pork and beef.  And the reason I don’t really recommend hot dogs is because they’re really high in sodium, they have a lot of the nitrites and nitrates, which, again, are known carcinogens, and they’re also really high in the lunch meat, so if you’re going to a grocery story and you’re buying just the deli meats that they have at the deli counter, unless they say ‘nitrate or nitrite free’ they’re actually going to influence cancer.  There was a study that was in Hawaii, and it studied 200,000 people over a certain time period, and those who ate the most lunch meats had a 67% higher chance of pancreatic cancer.  That’s a pretty big number.  And there a definitely options available at health food stores and health food grocery stores, like Whole Foods and Central Market and they offer nitrate-free hot dogs and meat and they taste great, they taste just like the other one, except they’re going to be healthier for you.

French Fries

#3  The french fry.  Now, the french fries are served at a lot of different places.  Some places that you would get them could be worse than others.  Getting a french fry from a place that you can actually tell that it is a cut potato, then that would be a better choice.  Some of the fast food restaurants, unfortunately, it’s actually a glue, a paste, that they fry.  So that would be the worst choice.  Now, these french fries are really non-nutrient containing foods.  So you’re replacing this french fry with something that could have more nutrients, and then you’re getting all these excess calories, all this excess sodium and then it also contains achrilomide, which is a known carcinogen, also found in items like potato chips.  And a large french fry contains 300 times more than the recommended amount of achrilomide by the EPA.  So, in one french fry you are getting way more than you need to, which is going to lead to potential health problems.

Donuts

#2  Donuts.  You probably guessed that.  The food industry lets you pick your flavor, so you have chocolate iced, you have the vanilla iced, you have sprinkles, you have colored icing, you have coconut, you have…the list could go on and on.  All these types of donuts are going to replace a healthy food you would want to have for breakfast.  These donuts are going to be really high in fat, really high in calories.  One donut would equal 300 calories and 19 grams of fat.  So, in one donut, which I have found in the past has not been that filling, so it’s possible that you’re eating more than one, maybe even more than two, you’re getting way more calories than you would need.  You’re going to hit a real high sugar high, then you’re going to crash.  You’re going to feel lethargic and not have energy because of what you ate.

Soft Drinks

And #1, drum roll, please.  Sodas, of course, soft drinks, all the varieties, they are loaded with sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which reduces your feeling of fullness.  They’re loaded with caffeine, usually they have 30 to 55 milligrams of caffeine, which is going to be a good jolt.  You also are going to have preservatives and sodium and just tons of calories.  Now if you’re the kind of person that just doesn’t stick with the can, you go get the 42-ouncer that you pick up from the fast food restaurant, or the gas station.  It has a whopping 410 calories.  So if you’re sipping on that through the day, it’s basically liquid candy.  You’re just sucking down sugar.  And I would say, if you’re trying to lose weight, that would be the first thing to cut out.  You’ll have more energy, you’ll feel better, and you’ll start losing weight.

Okay, so let’s get to reality.  If you went to the fast food restaurant today and you ordered a cheeseburger, french fries, and a Coke, you got three things that were on the list.  So, in other words, you’re eating three of the top ten worst foods, and, unfortunately, that is part of the typical American lunch.

So, if these foods are on the list, it may be a strong contributing factor as to why you are  not feeling good, you’re overweight, you’re frustrated with you’re life, or you’re depressed – make an adjustment.

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