We all have our little indulgences. For some it’s chocolate; for others it’s hot dogs. However, despite their scrumptious and appetizing flavors, these 5 foods should be avoided if you want to stay healthy.

5 Foods NOT to Eat

White Bread:
White bread is delicious, but an old saying states “the whiter the bread, the quicker you’re dead!”

White bread is made from highly refined flour, removing much of the fiber and other dietary nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Raw Eggs:
For most people, (Gaston from Beauty and the Beast being an exception) the idea of raw eggs sounds fairly unappealing. However, who hasn’t mixed a batch of cookie dough and then snuck a few mouthfuls while waiting for the cookies to come fresh out of the oven? Or perhaps downed a glass of eggnog at Christmas? As cleverly disguised as these delicious treats are, raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella.

Canned or Instant Soup:
5 foods not to eatCampbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup may be “mmm, mmm good” but it’s definitely not good for you. An average cup contains 760mg of sodium—half a day’s worth of sodium. If you’re still hungry for the other 2 servings in the can, then be prepared to watch your blood pressure sky rocket. Although other “healthy” soups may supposedly slash the salt, they’re still not good for you.

Instead, make your own! You can find delicious homemade soup recipes here.

Bottled Green Tea:
Green Tea is perhaps one of the most widely used ingredients for weight loss because it acts as a natural stimulant and metabolism booster. On the other hand, bottled green tea often comes with additional ingredients that can pack on the pounds and inhibit green tea’s ability to help you lose weight.

This tasty snack is a personal heartbreaker. Muffins are possibly one of the most delicious temptations in existence. Despite their wide variety of flavors and even bite-sized alternatives, Muffins are loaded with carbs, fats, and sugars. If you’re looking to keep your weight down, muffins should be avoided.

On the other hand, muffins can be a healthy alternative to snacking on doughnuts or other similar pastries. If you must opt for a muffin, try these 15 healthy muffin recipes.

Stick Spreads:
All the best cooks know that “fat adds flavor.” A stick of butter and a dash of salt can turn your drab, boring meal into something rather special. However, when butter or margarine are in stick form, they’re loaded with saturated and trans-fats. Instead, switch to trans-fat free tubs, or better yet, try flavoring your dishes with spices.

10 Foods to Try Instead

• Fat Free Yogurt
• Cooked Eggs (eggs are still a great source of protein)
• Walnuts
• Beans
• Blueberries (and any other dark berry)
• Sweet Potatoes
• Spinach (dark greens are especially good)
• Carrots
• Watermelon
• African Mango

If You’re Looking to Lose Weight

By avoiding these 5 foods, you are taking a healthy step in the right direction. However, just avoiding certain foods won’t guarantee a significant drop on the scale without a healthy diet and regular exercise.

As an additional aid to meeting your weight loss goals, we recommend PhenQ. This weight loss supplement can help you shed the fat naturally by using the fiber-rich ingredient: African Mango.

It suppresses your appetite (making it easier to avoid those troublesome 5 foods), and when used in combination with green tea, IrvingiAppress can help you lose weight for a healthier, slimmer you.

The manufacturers of diet pills are so confident in their formula that every purchase is backed with a 100% money-back guarantee, so you can lose weight without the worry.

What are Superfoods?

We’re all well aware that it’s important to steer clear of junk food and eat more fruits and vegetables, but really, what are superfoods that everyone’s talking about and can they really fuel your weight loss?

Yes, but don’t go running out to buy loads of superfoods just yet, there’s a little more to it. So let’s answer the question: what are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods such as berries, whole grains, and nuts that are full of important nutrients like protein, fiber, and antioxidants and they actually can help aid you in your weight loss goals.

For instance, when dieting or just trying to live a healthier life, adding superfoods to your diet and taking away all the food that are holding you back from your weight loss goals could be a start. That way you’re eating foods that you should and not eating foods you should stay away from.

Superfood Examples

CNN.com recently reported on 10 superfoods that have the health benefits to help you lose weight. There are plenty more than 10 kinds of superfoods, but the ones CNN.com included are blueberries, salmon, eggs, almonds, green tea, broccoli, quinoa, yogurt, beans, and dark chocolate.

Superfood Benefits

Blueberries and other kinds of berries provide you with antioxidants and phytonutrients along with aiding in fighting cancer and lowering cholesterol. And CNN.com said frozen fruit is just as super as fresh fruit if you’re worried about the cost factor.

Salmon can provide you with omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, reducing inflammation, and is a good source of protein.

We all know that eating a good breakfast is important, but eating eggs can help even more. CNN.com stated in their article that eggs are full of choline, which helps block fat from being absorbed in the liver.

Even though almonds are a high calorie food, CNN.com reported that studies have shown that eating just a few handfuls a week can help shed pounds and prevent heart disease.

Drinking green tea can help increase your metabolism and broccoli can give your body hunger-curbing fiber, polyphenols, and antioxidants.

Quinoa is another superfood that can give you a good amount of protein and yogurt can help slow the production of cortisol, which is a hormone that can slow your metabolism.

Certain beans such as black, kidney, white, and garbanzo can give you fiber and protein as well. And finally, dark chocolate can provide you with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits, but just don’t go crazy on the dark chocolate.

Now, by just adding superfoods to your diet won’t magically bring your weight down. Exercising regularly can aid in weight loss and help you to feel better all-around. Also, adding a dietary supplement to your diet is a good idea if you’re looking to lose a good amount of weight quicker than with just exercise and eating well.

And some dietary supplements are even enriched with many superfoods. For instance, Apidextra contains two superfoods, Phytosome Green Tea and Irvingia Gabonensis, which is also known as African Mango.

And as always it’s important to remember that moderation is still important, even with superfoods that are designed to fuel your body and provide it with important nutrients to aid you in your weight loss goals.

How To Avoid Trans Fat Based Products?

Unsaturated fat which comprises of trans-isomer fatty acids is commonly called as trans fat. Trans fat is manufactured for the purpose of improving or extending the shelf life of food stuffs. Shelf life is the time frame a food type remains edible (fresh or fit to eat). Food manufacturers are keen to have the shelf life of their products increased.

Fats are altered in terms of chemical composition to let them stay at room temperature. Trans fat is also added at times to influence the flavor and other functional properties. The process of alteration is known as hydrogenation, which is mostly common in the manufacture based modification of some kinds of vegetable oils.

Products Which Are Prone to Accommodate Trans Fat

Some popular examples of chemically altered trans fat based products are margarine, vegetable oil which is treated with hydrogen, cookies and many types of fast foods. Doughnuts and some other bakery items are vulnerable to accommodating trans fats, due to their limited shelf life. Alterations are done via trans fats for crackers and pastries so that they do not turn rancid fast. But, the most common culprits are manufacturers of French fries, onion rings and chips.

Health Issues Caused by Trans Fat

• Eating these trans fats can increase the risk of many types of illnesses like heart diseases.
• Trans fats are known to raise the cholesterol level.
• It can cause coronary heart disease, and even aggravate other cardio vascular diseases.
• These types of fats can increase the blood pressure.
• Some forms of cancers can be aggravated as well
• Inflammation in the body and tightening of blood vessels are also consequences of eating trans fats.
Often termed as secret killers (because they go unnoticed mostly), these trans fats are being banned or are in the process of banning in some countries. Denmark is one such country which has taken big steps in the fight against trans fats.
Some steps which you should take to avoid killer trans fats, are discussed as follows:
• Higher the fat content, more are the chances of killer fats being included. Try avoiding or limiting bakery items and fast food items.
• Read labels carefully, at least while buying vegetable oils, fast foods etc. Look for words like hydrogenation (even partially is an indication) while buying tinned, fast food and ‘vegetable shortening’ while buying vegetable oils.
• The saturated fat content or amount is often listed on the food labels of many food products. Please look for such information.
• Look for food items which have words like
• Saturated fat free
• Low cholesterol product
• Low saturated fat
• Cholesterol free oil
Lastly, once you are aware of these details, please pass it on to your friends and family. A small bit of information can save a lot of trouble in the long run. Money saved is a bonus.

Dana Andersson

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