Part of the challenge of eating healthy is not only eating foods that are good for you, but also avoiding unhealthy ones. The foods listed below are popular choices for most Americans, but they are typically high in calories, fat, and sodium, while being low in nutrients. Before you freak out about some of these foods you may love, remember the concept of moderation. You might still eat some of these foods occasionally, but it should be on rare occasions as opposed to being a staple in your diet.
Hot Dogs, Bologna, Bacon, and Processed Lunch Meats.- These are high in calories, fat, nitrates, sodium, and mystery ingredients.
French Fries and Potato Chips -These starchy foods are saturated in fat and salt.
White Bread - It's just highly processed filler. White bread frequently tries to pose as wheat bread by having a darker color.
Canned Soup - Soups can be healthy, but many of them are off the charts in high sodium. Look for a low sodium version.
Processed Desserts - Little Debbie, Ding Dongs, Twinkies, etc. I walked by a huge display of these last week at the store and was surprised with how big the selection was. I decided to take a picture.
Soda Pop - Also known as "liquid candy." It is the fastest ways to transport calories into your body. Usually high in sugar, caffeine, and carbonation. Even diet soda with no calories is bad for you.
Do I occasionally crave and eat some of these foods? Yes, especially marshmallow moon pies, so I guess that makes me a hypocrite, but I feel much better when I avoid them. If you regularly eat any of these foods, take some baby steps and start cutting back and substituting them with healthier choices.While we are on the topic of unhealthy food, I found this gem on YouTube. If it doesn't make you a little sick, then nothing will.
I'm sure I missed some other unhealthy foods since I only listed some of the obvious ones. I'd be interested to know what other foods you would add to the list.