The Worst Foods You Can Eat

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#1 Worst Food: Processed Meat

#1 Worst Food: Processed Meat
According to Webmd.com, the American Institute for Cancer Research says meats preserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or that contain chemical preservatives, are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. These products also tend to have lots of salt, fat, and cholesterol, and very few nutrients, like fiber.

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#2 Worst Food: Frozen Meals

#2 Worst Food: Frozen Meals
They may look tiny, but frozen dinners can be loaded with calories. Livestrong.com found one popular national brand of chicken pot pie contains 64 grams of fat and 1,020 calories per serving. And while the diet versions of these frozen foods may be low in fat, they are heavily processed and are often high in sodium.

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#3 Worst Food: Doughnuts

#3 Worst Food: Doughnuts
Maybe America should run from Dunkin’, and any other outlet selling these nutrition bombs. Store-bought doughnuts contain the unholy trinity of unhealthy ingredients, reports livestrong.com: trans fat, sugar, and refined flour. Many contain a whopping 10 to 20 grams of fat each and between 250 to 300 empty calories.

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#4 Worst Food: Potato Chips

#4 Worst Food: Potato Chips
You already know that these fat-filled “bad carbs” are no good for your waistline. What you may not know is potato chips (along with French fries) contain acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures. "I estimate that acrylamide causes several thousand cancers per year in Americans,” Clark University research professor Dale Hattis is quoted as saying at sixwise.com.

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#5 Worst Food: Low-Fat Foods

#5 Worst Food: Low-Fat Foods
Don’t be fooled by the “Low-Fat” label. Makers of cookies, salad dressings, yogurt, and other foods labeled low-fat often substitute sugar, salt, and unhealthy fillers to add flavor and texture to otherwise bland processed products. Author and TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz advises you to always choose real foods over processed, low-fat options.

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#6 Worst Food: Margarine

#6 Worst Food: Margarine
Though it’s billed as a cholesterol-free, healthy alternative to butter, margarine is the ultimate source of trans fats, which actually elevate cholesterol and damage blood vessel walls, reports The Natural Health Hub website. So skip the fake stuff and go with olive oil or other monounsaturated fats.

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#7 Worst Food: Soda

#7 Worst Food: Soda
Chugging soda is one of the easiest ways to pack on the pounds (the average can contains 10 teaspoons of sugar). But drinking as few as two soft drinks a week can nearly double a person’s risk of getting pancreatic cancer, too. That’s the finding of a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, according to a report on e-how.com. Want more bad news? Consuming more than 2.5 sugary sodas per day significantly increases your risk of death from cardiovascular disease as well as your risk of developing diabetes.

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  1. The expression “increases your risk” is meaningless. If the risk is only .000025%and a study shows that something will increase that risk to 0.0005% then it makes the loaded pronouncement that something will “double” or significantly increase” the risk. Without knowing just what the risk level is, one can not make an informed decision. A risk of 0.0005% is something that many people would not find significant to worry about. Seeing that we face many such insignificant risks ,and it is impossible to really attribute a cause and effect when someone gets ill, just a correlation of incredibly small risks, one should just ignore any story that does not tell you what your risk will be. If one eats potassium cyanide, then the risk is significant, and the cause and effect is clear. Eating a piece of toast most likely has no risk at all, and if it does it is probably something like 0.00000000000000000000000000025%.

    WE have to face the fact that the media is filed with idiots that graduated college by repeating what the “right” thing was, and they have no ability to think on their own and make common sense judgements about things. This is why we get scare stories about acrylamide and stories of how even just two sodas a week will doom you.

  2. Cholesterol is the body’s repair substance. If eating margarine raised levels of cholesterol it is because the cholesterol was needed to repair damage that the margarine did. Cholesterol does not damage anyone’s arteries. If it did, there would be even worse damage in the smaller blood vessels and veins. The never is, the damage is only ever in the arteries.

  3. The acrylamide scare is totally bogus. We have become a society of feeble people that are afraid of chips, crisps and toast. The acrylamide bugaboo is debunked here:

    http(colon)//antigreen(dot)blogspot(dot)com(dot)au/2005/11/californias-acrylamide-lunacy-nutty(dot)html

  4. What did cave men eat? Meat, fruit, and vegetables. And what happened. Not only did they survive, they flourished. Saying that veggies and fruit of any sort is bad for you is ignorant. If you’re that worried about it, try eating less and moving more. For starters.

  5. Oh my gosh! Still whining about fat after all the contrary evidence… EAT FAT, don’t eat fruit. Get with the program Livestrong or become irrelevent.

  6. From two wives with high blood pressure I learned, long ago, just look at sodium content when looking at the nutrition label. They add salt to cover up for poor quality ingredients. Low sodium usually goes with better in all the other catagories.

    Natural is almost always better.

    The high price of quality food is pretty much one of the major causes of poor health. Low cost food tends to be unhealthy. Part of the race to the bottom.

    1. It’s on another list as a cancer maker. 40% increase in cancer eating 2 strips a day.

  7. I see they reference LiveStrong a lot in these slides… are they recommending we all secretly take steroids to boost our performance?

  8. #6 needs updating. It’s easy to find 0 trans fat tub margarine these days.

    1. That would be even worse than a normal margarine. Beware of any of these 0g trans fat, diet coke and 0 calorie sugar ads! They are even WORSE. They actually need much more processing and addition of very bad chemical that can damage your body.

  9. Anyone invoking the “expertise” of Dr. Oz immediately loses credibility.

    1. Donuts have no nutritional value…eating one occasionally won’t hurt you…but eating them everyday will. They will play havoc with your blood sugar and your insulin will try to store the sugar, which is what the donut becomes fat on your body…..

  10. My name is Madynia screen name. And I have a digestive system that can not process processed meats fake or created foods chemically altered or modified foods also all chemical food dies and coloring’s example F.G.&.C yellow # 28. and most chemically created modified or altered food preservatives and all fructose’s and all high fructose sweeteners. When I eat these things a very similar thing happens to me that would happen if someone drank a small amount of auto antifreeze and then I end up in the ER desperately trying to restart my digestive system. It usually takes about 14 days for my digestive and colon tract to restart and start processing food and pulling nutrients again and I really suffer. Could this be because the first 6 years of my life my mother only gave me veggies and fruits other than water no candy cakes or pies.    

  11. My name is Madynia screen name. And I have a digestive system that can not process processed meats fake or created foods chemically altered or modified foods also all chemical food dies and coloring’s example F.G.&.C yellow # 28. and most chemically created modified or altered food preservatives and all fructose’s and all high fructose sweeteners. When I eat these things a very similar thing happens to me that would happen if someone drank a small amount of auto antifreeze and then I end up in the ER desperately trying to restart my digestive system. It usually takes about 14 days for my digestive and colon tract to restart and start processing food and pulling nutrients again and I really suffer. Could this be because the first 6 years of my life my mother only gave me veggies and fruits other than water no candy cakes or pies.    

    1. You can’t process fructose? That means you can’t eat fruit. Or many vegetables. So somehow eating fruits and veggies caused you to no longer tolerate the natural sugar they contain? Yeah…

    1. Then eat the unhealthy stuff but don’t whine when you get coronary hear disease or obesity.

    1. Fiber is indeed a nutrient. Nutrient is defined as follows “a substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.”

  12. Remember how they told us we HAD to eat margarine because butter would KILL US?????

    1. Margarine is 1 molecule away from being plastic. Cheap cheese is also the same thing. If it don’t run when it melts, run from it.

      1. Water is one molecule away from being Hydrogen peroxide. Irrelevant.

      2. Margarine inflames the vascular systems of the heart. That is one reason it is bad for you. Butter, being lovely and natural, does not do that.

    2. I ate butter anyway because I really liked butter. And besides that. I really liked butter.

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