Five toxic foods that should be avoided
Sometimes we just don't realise how toxic the foods are that we are eating. It can be so detrimental to our health and wellbeing as we absorb unhealthy doses of toxins with every bite.
Here is a little insight into 5 toxic foods to avoid that you might have come across and how to find the healthy alternative. First and foremost although they have been banned in many countries they still are used in some imported food and you need to stay away form it as much as you can, which is why we are going to number it at 0 even before number 1 to stress how dangerous they are to your health.
Hydrogenated Fats (or Partially Hydrogenated Trans Fats): Hydrogenation (or, more accurately, "partial hydrogenation," as the process is technically incomplete) is basically a forced chemical addition of hydrogen into omega-6 polyunsaturated oils to make them hard at room temperatures, primarily it was used as a cheaper and less perishable substitute for butter in crispy bread products. Common hydrogenated fats include hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated cottonseed, palm, soy, and corn oils, but theoretically almost any polyunsaturated oil can be hydrogenated. The chemical structure of artificially hardened hydrogenated fat is, however, different from either that of a naturally hard saturated fat or naturally liquid unsaturated (mono- or poly-) oil. Saturated fats have a rigid straight molecular form, which tends to "rigidify" the body structures into which they are incorporated, like blood vessels.
Solution: Because you can virtually hydrogenate all types of oils, find out if it's legal in your country to sell products that contain hydrogenated fats and if it is stay away from all products that would normally go stale, but for some 'strange reason' remain crispy and crunchy after a given amount of time.
Trans fats: These are found largely in commercially prepared baked and fried foods. They have become notorious in recent years because they not only raise "bad" LDL cholesterol, but also lower levels of heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. High trans-fat intake has been linked to coronary heart disease, in which fatty plaques build up in the heart arteries, sometimes leading to a heart attack. Trans-fats can also occur when you cook oils to very high temperatures. This why at Honestly Healthy we do not cook with olive oil as this is one of the oils that is unstable when we cook it. Also, when foods are cooked at high temperatures they can become carcinogenic.
Solution: Stay away from fried food and when at home cook with nut oils. We love coconut oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil as these are much more stable to cook with and don't become toxic if taken to a higher temperature.
Sugar: This is now in almost everything store brought – everything from the 'healthy granola bar' to the cereal you buy. It is hidden in everything. Companies do this because it’s so highly addictive that you essentially become addicted to their product and need to buy more. Studies have linked fizzy drinks to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease, yet the average American drinks an estimated 50 gallons of soft drinks each year. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which will in turn pave the way for nutrient deficiencies.
Solution: Read the label when you buy your products, anything ‘refined’ is a no-no!! Use agave, Sweet Freedom syrup, date syrup, rice syrup, coconut palm sugar, xylitol or stevia.
Tuna: This one might come as a surprise to you but the tuna fish absorbs such huge amounts of mercury that the flesh is so highly toxic. This is one to definitely stay away from or at least cut back on. It is also highly unsustainable to fish for tuna at the rate that we are now.
Solution: Eat locally caught and sourced fish if you can't live without it at all!
Grains from China: After the Fukushima nuclear disaster the radioactive water is still poisoning the sea and China and Japan's farming is not in a good state. The water is seeping into the rice paddy fields and the grains are becoming radioactive. So stay away from grains & seaweed produced in China and Japan, as they are full of toxins.
Solution: Eat produce from anywhere else in the world - the best is to find locally sourced produce. five toxic foods