Foods Dangerous to your Health
Food is the substance that we ingest to fulfill our body requirements. It must contain essential nutrients because nutrients present in it then nourish our cells, maintain our health and life.
Food is usually of animal or plant origin. One should be careful regarding his food since this food has to enter his body where it can impart any effect either good or bad. In this era, where lots of advancements have taken place, at the same time food quality has been raised. But we know where there are some benefits; there are some drawbacks as well. So this modern world has also introduced people to various dangerous foods such as fast food, junk foods, canned foods, mollusks, pork, coffee, noodles, pub pies, cellulose-containing foods etc. Now we will see how they are dangerous to our health.
Fast Foods/Junk Food
Fast foods are most popular of the food items among youngsters. It contains burger either of chicken, beef or fish served with fries and coke. These foods not only lead to weight gain but also produce symptoms such as depression, digestive problems, and mood swinging.
Junk foods are those foods that are devoid of any nutritional value. These include potato chips, candy bars, toffees, and lollipops etc. All of them only help to decay your teeth or produce caries.
These are preserved foods, so mostly treated with chemicals. Further chances of nutrient loss are there along with contamination. It is also said eating of such processed food may lead to cancerous changes in the body.
Mollusks such as mussels, clams, oysters etc can be contaminated with lethal microorganisms such as bacteria or parasites. Eating of such contaminated foods may lead to health hazards and a lot of money is spent to eradicate the diseases caused by them.
Due to contamination, they are quite dangerous. Eating of such a contaminated beef may lead to infections. Most commonly seen is infection by E.coli causing enteric fever.
Fats laden Foods
They result in hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia and increases the chances of development of heart disease, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, hypertension etc.
These are having no nutrient other than an increased amount of salt. We all are well familiar with what salt does to our body i.e. it can lead to increase blood pressure.
Like noodles, pies are nothing but just a pack of salt and it is estimated that salt containing in a pie is equivalent to salt present in the fifteen chips packets.
Cellulose containing Foods
Cellulose gives no nutrition but may give you a gas instead.
Likewise, there are thousands of such foods that are dangerous to our body. Now we present foods which you all need to avoid.
10 Foods To Avoid
Avoid Eating White bread: It should be avoided since it’s not having any nutrient in it instead choose whole grain.
Avoid Consuming too many Sugar-containing Foods and Drinks: The starch or sugar content in the sweet dishes or drinks may prove harmful to your body especially if too much of them are consumed by a person. It may lead to teeth decay, weight gain, & diabetes etc.
Refined Grains: Since refined gains are without any fiber and important vitamin B are also absent in them unlike unrefined grains, they prove dangerous to human body and must be excluded from the diet. These grains are also associated with the risk of neoplasias and degenerative diseases.
Alcohol: A person who drinks lots of alcohol regularly may develop alcoholic liver cirrhosis, inflammation of different body organs and cirrhosis complications, putting life to end.
Meat: The meat which is particularly dangerous is the red and processed meat. These may lead to increase cholesterol in the body with its subsequent effects along with autoimmune reactions and chronic type of inflammation.
Dairy Products: Although these are not so bad yet milk may prove allergen to anyone or if someone is lacking lactase enzyme then milk or its products lead to abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Cooking Oils: Usually cooking oil we use at home contains omega 6 fatty acids and miserably low omega 3 fats. The omega 6 fats may prove pro-inflammatory in our body.
Artificial Food Additives: It is found out that certain food additives such as aspartame may stimulate inflammation in the body.
Trans Fats: These acts to reduce high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is called good cholesterol while increases low-density lipoprotein (LDL) known as bad cholesterol.
White rice: These are having no nutrient value in them so just avoid them instead, eat brown rice.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.