Common in our diet are processed foods that contain high doses of fat, sugar, sodium and calories, with little nutritional value. These unhealthy foods had to be commonplace, and they had to be high in trans fats, saturated fat, sugar, or salt. Some of the most unhealthy foods in the world include high-sugar cereals, sugary drinks, deep fried foods, refined products, canned soup, margarine, processed lunch meats, ice cream.
Processed foods are typically high in refined carbohydrates that break down to sugar in your body, and are low in nutrients including fiber. They are loaded with artificial ingredients. The artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and texturants in these unhealthy foods are touted to be “safe,” but can actually lead to many health problems, according to numerous studies.
Dairy products contain protein, calcium, B-12, and riboflavin. But whole-milk products also have an overabundance of fat and cholesterol. If you drink 16 ounces of whole milk a day, for example, it adds up to 1,904 calories, 105 grams of total fat, 59.5 grams of saturated fat, and 315 milligrams of cholesterol in a week’s time.
Butter or margarine is probably high in saturated fat that makes fats more solid at room temperature. In years past, most margarine also contributed high amounts of unhealthy trans fat, though many have been reformulated. Replace butter or margarine to canola oil or olive oil in your cooking and baking when possible is the best option because these oils are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fat.
Most high-sugar foods like pastries, sodas and candy bars contain very little essential nutrients. People who eat them instead of other more nutritious foods will probably become deficient in many important nutrients.
Ice cream is offensive in many categories, with high levels of fat, saturated fat, sugar and calories. Study notes that due to its high saturated fat content, ice cream is one food that can contribute to heart disease.
Unhealthy foods are addicting. Processed foods stimulate dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good even though the food lacks fiber and nutrients. This can lead to excessive food cravings and, ultimately, food addiction.
Maintaining healthy diets can be tricky.For instance, you might be eating too much of raw food or you might be eating raw food, but eating too much of one category and not enough of another. Sufficient amount of plain water, good sleeping habit and enough exercise also play important role in your overall health.