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Nine foods you should never eat again

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With so much misinformation out there about food and how it affects
human health, making healthy food choices for you and your family can be
difficult and confusing. There are a number of specific foods; however,
that you will want to avoid in almost every circumstance because they
provide virtually no health benefits while posing plenty of health
risks. Here are nine foods you should never eat again if you care about
preserving your long-term health:

1) White bread, refined flours. By definition, white
bread and refined flours in general are toxic for your body because
they have been stripped of virtually all vitamins, minerals, fiber, and
other important nutrients. Because of this, the body does not know how
to properly digest and assimilate these so-called foods, which can lead
to health problems. Refined white flour has also been bleached with
chlorine and brominated with bromide, two poisonous chemicals that have
been linked to causing thyroid and organ damage. (

2) Conventional frozen meals. Most
conventionally-prepared frozen meals are loaded with preservatives,
processed salt, hydrogenated oils and other artificial ingredients, not
to mention the fact that most frozen meals have been heavily pre-cooked,
rendering their nutrient content minimal at best (especially after
getting microwaved again at home). With the exception of a few truly
healthy frozen meal brands such as Amy’s and Organic Bistro, most frozen
meals are little more than disease in a box, so avoid them in favor of
fresh foods. (

3) White rice.
Like white bread, white rice has been stripped of most of its nutrients,
and separated from the bran and germ, two natural components that make
up rice in its brown form. Even so-called “fortified” white rice is
nutritionally deficient, as the body still processes this refined food
much differently than brown rice, which is absorbed more slowly and does
not cause the same spike in blood sugar that white rice does. (

4) Microwaveable popcorn. This processed food is a
favorite among moviegoers and regular snackers alike, but it is one of
the unhealthiest foods you can eat. Practically every component of
microwaveable popcorn, from the genetically-modified (GM) corn kernels
to the processed salt and preservative chemicals used to enhance its
flavor, is unhealthy and disease-promoting. On top of this,
microwaveable popcorn contains a chemical known as diacetyl that can
actually destroy your lungs. If you love popcorn, stick with organic
kernels that you can pop yourself in a kettle and douse with healthy
ingredients like coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and Himalayan pink salt.

5) Cured meat products with nitrates, nitrites. Deli
meats, summer sausage, hot dogs, bacon, and many other meats sold at
the grocery store are often loaded with sodium nitrite and other
chemical preservatives that have been linked to causing heart disease
and cancer. If you eat meat, stick with uncured, nitrite and
nitrate-free varieties, and preferably those that come from organic,
grass-fed animals. (

6) Most conventional protein, energy bars. By the
way they are often marketed, it might seem as though protein and energy
bars are a strong addition to a healthy diet. But more often than not,
these meal replacements contain processed soy protein, refined sugar,
hydrogenated fat, and other harmful additives that contribute to chronic
illness. Not all protein and energy bars are bad, of course —
Thunderbird Energetica, Organic Food Bar, Boku Superfood, Vega Sport,
PROBAR, and Zing all make healthy protein and energy bars. Just be sure
to read the ingredient labels and know what you are buying.

7) Margarine. Hidden in all sorts of processed foods,
margarine, a hydrogenated trans-fat oil, is something you will want to
avoid at all costs for your health. Contrary to popular belief, butter
and saturated fats in general are not unhealthy, especially when they
are derived from pastured animals that feed on grass rather than corn
and soy. And if animal-based fats are not for you, stick with
extra-virgin coconut oil or olive oil rather than margarine. (

8) Soy milk and soy-based meat substitutes. One of
the biggest health frauds of modern times, the soy craze is a fad that
you will want to skip. Besides the fact that nearly all non-organic soy
ingredients are of GM origin, most soy additives are processed using a
toxic chemical known as hexane, which is linked to causing birth
defects, reproductive problems, and cancer. Soy that has not been
fermented is also highly estrogenic, which can throw your natural
hormone balance out of whack. (

9) “Diet” anything. Many so-called “diet” products
on the market today contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame
(Equal) and sucralose (Splenda), both of which are linked to causing
neurological damage, gastrointestinal problems, and endocrine
disruption. Many diet products also contain added chemical flavoring
agents to take the place of fat and other natural components
that have been removed to artificially reduce calorie content. Instead,
stick with whole foods that are as close to nature as possible,
including high-fat foods grown the way nature intended, and your body
will respond surprisingly well. (

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