Vidazorb Probiotics – Five Things To Avoid
We all lead a hectic lifestyle and sometimes it’s hard to make the right the right decisions about what you eat. The trouble is that most of the foods you shouldn’t be eating are the easiest and most affordable to attain. While it’s virtually impossible to eat completely clean all the time, here are our top five foods to avoid:
Energy Drinks and Most Sodas – While we all need a pick-me-up in the afternoon, steer clear of energy drinks. These guys pack a serious punch of regret. Not only are they loaded with sugars and empty calories, they will wreak havoc on your stomach and rot your teeth. Research has shown that adults who drink one or more sodas daily are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese than non-soda drinkers. Also note: The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that all drinks with caffeine (e.g. Red Bull) are off limits to children and teenagers. Energy drinks contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants that can raise heart rate and anxiety levels and increase the risk of dehydration.
Beef Jerky – While it’s a favorite road trip snack and boasts a serious dose of protein, this makes the list because half the bag essentially is salt and sulfides. High sodium is linked closely to obesity and poor heart health and when one bag of beef jerky contains close to a day’s worth of sodium (2,400 mg on a 2,000 calorie/ day diet), maybe it’s time to pack an apple and some low fat cheese for the road.
Canned Foods – Many foods, particularly acidic ones such as tomatoes, will begin to detoriate and absorb the liner of the can which often contain harmful substances such as BPA. Opt instead for frozen goods, which as a bonus, are usually picked and frozen in season and still carry more of their original flavor and nutrition. Read the Nutrition Facts label on frozen foods and avoid any that are loaded with sodium and fat. Per serving, the upper limits are 700 milligrams of sodium and 5 grams of saturated fat.
Fast Food –Yes. We are lumping them ALL together. While Eat This, Not That does a generally good job of helping consumers to make a “smarter” choice while dining out, the reality of the matter is that they are all pretty bad. For the same price, if not cheaper, you can cook something just as delicious and much healthier at home. We understand all things in moderation, though, so it’s important to treat yourself now and then!
Potato Chips – Here’s a thought for you. Think about the main ingredients of potato chips– starchy carbs, oil and salt. They have a really high fat and sodium content with little to no nutritional value. Many potato chips contain a high level of acrylamide, a cancer causing agent that is formed when starchy foods are fried at high temperatures. We understand that sometimes you just need a snack, so opt for something a little healthier!
Some other snacks you should be aim to avoid are:
- Commercial muffins
- Breakfast pastries
- Sugar coated breakfast cereals
- Candy bars
- Microwave popcorn
- Fruit snacks
- Granola bars (energy bars, etc.) with more than 3 grams of fat and 30 grams of carbohydrate per serving
- Frozen sandwiches and burritos
- Fruit drinks that contain less than 50% juice
- Coffee drinks made with sugar and whipped cream
Any other snacks that you steer clear of? We’d love for you to add to our list below!