For this blog, instead of focusing on the best possible healthy diet, I am going to focus on the worst possible, least healthy diet. Specifically, the below list of foods underscores specific items that are dangerous to your health and longevity. These toxic foods are associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, strokes, diabetes, and a host of chronic physical illnesses.
I still encourage you to focus on the positive components of your daily diet with more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. I encourage more fish, especially Pacific Salmon. I also encourage more exercise with daily walking (10,000 steps) and weekly strength training. I also encourage the components in the previous blog on the 12 ways to extend your life span.
However, these are the foods that will make you sick – not with the first bite, but overtime. They contain ingredients from contaminants to toxins to hidden high-does sugars that will result in inflammation, degrading your body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair, weakening your immune system, and creating the wrong environment for the development of chronic diseases.
When you were younger, your body was better able to assimilate these toxins. As you grow older, your body is less able to metabolize the toxic sugar, less able to degrade the contaminants, and less able to eliminate the toxins. Collectively, they disrupt your normal physiology, causing intracellular havoc, DNA errors, a decreased rate of repair, and an increased rate of aging.
So, avoid these foods (as much as possible) …
- Processed foods
- Processed meats
- Most foods in fast food restaurants
- Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs
- American cheese
- French fries and potato chips
- Sugary drinks
- Sugary fruit juices
- High calorie coffee drinks
- White bread
- Sugary cereals
- Bacon and sausage
- Most pizzas
- Pastries and cookies
- Cakes and frosting
- Ice cream
- Candy bars
- Low fat yogurt
- Low carb junk foods
If you can avoid these foods, you will stay healthier …
You will live longer …