7 Foods to Cut Out of Your Diet for Optimal Health

7 Foods to Cut Out of Your Diet for Optimal Health

At the current time a health craze is sweeping the nation, and people want to learn how to eat better and get in their daily exercise. Part of eating right is knowing which foods to eliminate, and getting rid of these seven can help you to have a healthier existence.

Sugar-Filled Cereals

You probably already know that cereal can be a problem because of all the sugar that some types contain. However, you might not have considered all of the dyes and artificial flavoring that go into making some of your favorite boxed breakfasts. They might also use chemicals to add flavor or coloring to the cereal, depending upon which one it is. It could be a great emergency food because of all the sugars you’ll find in it. Look for cereals that avoid these types of harmful ingredients to promote a stronger sense of natural wellness in your household.

Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

Back when you were a kid, you loved that delicious blend that came right out of a box, and sometimes, your and your own children still crave it. While you were eating, perhaps you never stopped to wonder why the finished product was such an orange-ish shade. After all, macaroni and cheese never looks like that when you make it from scratch. The reason is all of the dyes that are used in the food, which are bad for your health.

Dessert Treats

Most people recognize the fact that overloading on ice cream and cupcakes every night is not good for their health, but they may not know that plenty of these treats are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, which has become known as an unhealthy ingredient particularly in recent years. The list of dessert items is extensive, but includes favorites such as packaged cookies and cakes that sit at your local grocery store.

Salad Dressings

Not only are those sweet treats culprits when it comes to high fructose corn syrup, but salad dressings are as well. When you sit down to eat a salad, you might think that you are doing the healthy thing, but if the dressing has high fructose corn syrup, you are defeating some of your own efforts. This is not true of every salad dressing though, so you need to check the labels. The healthiest idea is to actually make your own salad dressings at home so that you know exactly what goes into them, and you can cut down on the sodium.

Snack Mix Blends

When you go to a party, you might head right over to the table that has the snack mix on it. This mix is known to have more than one harmful ingredient in it, but one of the biggest concerns is BHA. BHA has been determined to have a link to cancer. While you might not see immediate health consequences of this chemical, you want to look into the future health states of you and your children as well. Dehydrated fruits can be a great alternative as snacks.

The Dirty Dozen

If you are not familiar with the term “the dirty dozen,” you absolutely should acquaint yourself with it when you want to live a healthier lifestyle. This name refers to twelve vegetables that you should always purchase organic varieties of because of the way in which they are produced. The list includes peaches, sweet bell peppers, nectarines, apples, strawberries, celery, pears, spinach, imported grapes, lettuce and potatoes.

Fast Food

Many people are well-aware that if they eat a lot of fast food, they are likely to gain weight and to experience other health problems. However, the fat content is not the only reason to stop going to your favorite drive-through establishment. On top of that, different fast food places use parts of the animal that should never be eaten, and they use old food products to make some of their dishes. When you want to live a healthier life, one of the first steps that you need to take is to eliminate foods that are bad for your existence.

Paisley Hansen
She is a freelance writer and expert in fleece fabric, and health and beauty. When she isn't writing she can usually be found reading a good book.
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