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8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body

8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body

 

Many people think of healthy eating as consuming a certain number of calories per day. But the truth is, it’s not just about how much you eat but the quality of the food you eat, and how safely it’s been produced. Read on for some of the worst foods you can put in your body — you’ll certainly be surprised by a few!

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1. Microwave Popcorn.

Workers in microwave popcorn factories have actually developed an extremely rare form of lung cancer from inhaling fumes. If that isn’t enough of a reason to avoid the stuff, here’s another: the lining of the bags contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a substance that has been linked to several other forms of cancer and infertility. Plus, so many microwave popcorns are loaded with bad fats and sodium. Homemade air-popped popcorn can actually be a health food, believe it or not, so stick to that for your next movie night.

Also Check Out: 6 Healthier Alternatives to Movie Popcorn


 

2. Non-Organic Apples.

Last year, apples won the dubious honor of being the most pesticide-laden produce. Because they aren’t very resistant to pests, apples tend to get sprayed more. They’re also treated with pesticides to extend their shelf life.  If you’re an apple lover, always, always, always buy organic — or don’t buy ‘em at all. Your body will thank you!

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3. Soda.

Several studies have directly linked soda consumption to higher instances of cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, obesity — you name it. Diet soda isn’t off the hook, either. 9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda

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4. Chips.

Many brands of chips contain unimaginable amounts of sodium and fat — one bag can often be more than a day’s worth. But it’s not just the nutritional concerns to think about here — chips also contain acrylamide, a chemical that comes with an increased risk of several forms of cancer and infertility. You can also find the scary stuff in french fries.

Try these instead: Crunchy Kale Chips with Sea Salt & Sesame Seeds


 

5. Canned Tomatoes.

Aside from being far less delicious than the real, fresh, thing, canned tomatoes have the added “perk” of bisphenol-A (BPA) on their cans’ lining. This is the stuff nightmares are made of: BPA has been linked to fetal abnormalities, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, thyroid issues, and even cancer. It’s been banned for use in baby bottles, and overall bans are being considered nationwide. You can get up to 50 mcg of the stuff from canned tomatoes; the acidity makes them more difficult to package than most products, so a safe alternative has been difficult to find. Your best bet, though, is to avoid them all together. Stick to fresh tomatoes or, if need be, tomatoes packaged in glass jars.

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6. Non-Organic Celery.

Celery is the dirtiest of all vegetables — the Environmental Working Group has founded dozens upon dozens of different pesticides on the non-organic stuff.  As with apples, go organic or don’t go at all.

More: Olive Oil Will Extend Your Life


 

7. Milk with Artificial Hormones.

Many farmers give their cows artificial hormones so they will produce more milk — good for their bottom line, not so good for our health. These hormones lead to higher rates of another hormone, IGF-1, which is thought to increase instances of cancer in humans. Look for milk that is certified organic, or labelled with either rBGH-free or BST-free.

Also Check Out: Skim Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good


 

8. Margarine.

If margarine didn’t have any food dye in it, it’d be a delightful shade of gray. If that isn’t evidence enough, what is?!  Though margarine is often thought of as a healthier version of butter (there’s no cholesterol, right?) it’s also a wonderfully terrible source of trans fats — stuff that does, indeed, raise your cholesterol. Here’s your excuse to go back to the real stuff — or, of course, olive oil!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:27AM PST on Dec 15, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

4:10PM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Thank you

4:14PM PST on Dec 11, 2014

ty

4:13PM PST on Dec 11, 2014

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9:03AM PST on Dec 10, 2014

Scary! I love microwave popcorn! Never thought it was bad :'(

1:17PM PST on Dec 6, 2014

I grow my own apples, thank goodness. I don't eat most of the others.

6:42AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

All things in moderation. The article does not say how much of this stuff or give the length of time required for these products to be lethal.

8:30PM PST on Dec 2, 2014

Not many surprises here.

3:09AM PST on Dec 2, 2014

So glad popcorn in general is not bad!!!

2:09AM PST on Nov 28, 2014

Ty

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