In collaboration with scientists from the Institute of Eco-hygiene and Toxicology, experts from the Research Institute of Nutrition established a ranking of the most dangerous foodstuffs. The well-known soda, fast food, mayonnaise, and even white bread made the list of the top 10 most popular items.
Many of the foods on the blacklist are frequently associated with food poisoning, digestive difficulties, and allergic responses. However, they are rather safe for healthy individuals, with the dosage being the most significant factor. Such foods are not harmful to your health when consumed in moderation.
So, let’s dive into the list of the top 10 foods which can be extremely hazardous for your health if not consumed in moderation.
- Potato Chips
To date, no scientific evidence has been found to link potato chips to disease.
Flavours, flavour enhancers, and colours are liberally sprinkled on top of fried potatoes, which are a combination of carbohydrates and fat. Carcinogens are created in chips as a result of the unique recipe used in their preparation – compounds that have the potential to cause cancer. It is possible that long-term intake of chips will result in an increase in blood cholesterol levels and an increased risk of developing disorders of the vascular system.
Sweet soda is a concoction of sugar, chemicals, and carbon dioxide that is served chilled. In most cases, it contains aspartame, a synthetic sugar substitute that has been shown to raise blood sugar levels, block enzymes, cause metabolic disruption, and contribute to obesity in humans.
- Quick service restaurants (QSRs)
Fast food comprises a wide variety of hamburgers, pasties, fries, shawarma, and various quick “dishes,” among other things. All of them are high in carcinogens, which, as previously said, have the potential to cause cancer. In addition, fast food causes digestive disorders such as heartburn and constipation, which can lead to gastritis and colitis as a result of repeated consumption.
- Products such as smoked meats and sausages
Sausages, dumplings, and other semi-finished items are quite simple to create and always come in handy when there is a shortage of time. However, the majority of the time, this “meat” product contains more flavourings and colourings than the actual meat. Furthermore, some meat processors are attempting to substitute animal-based raw materials with genetically engineered ones, specifically transgenic soybeans.
Smoked fish and meat have also been added to the list of potentially hazardous foods. Processing and smoking meat/fish cause a significant number of carcinogens to be released, which are harmful to the body.
- Margarine and pastries containing its ingredients
It is important to note that margarine is a transgenic fat that is harmful to our health. At the same time, any products containing margarine are dangerous, including cream-filled cakes, pastries, puff pastries, and even white bread, according to the FDA. Overindulging in sweet bread goods increases the likelihood of metabolic problems and the emergence of extra weight.
- Coffee and Energy Drinks
Coffee has the immediate effect of raising your blood pressure and increasing your heart rate. Headaches, nervous system weariness, and cardiovascular illness are all possible side effects of drinking more than 2-3 cups of coffee every day. In addition, excessive consumption of energy drinks can result in depression, irritation, anxiousness, and tremors in the arms and legs, among other symptoms.
- Home-Canned Meals
Contrary to popular belief, home-canned meals are harmful to your health. However, it is quite impossible to keep track of exactly how much blanks, vinegar, salt, or sugar you’re using at any given time. So the likelihood of germs and mould development, which are invisible to the human sight, as well as poisoning is very high in this situation.
- Gummies, lollipops, and other confections
They contain a high concentration of sugar, colours, flavourings, taste enhancers, and other chemical additives and flavourings. When consumed in high numbers, they can cause disorders of the digestive system such as gastritis and colitis, as well as diseases of the teeth and mouth cavities.
- Chocolate Bars
Combine this small chocolate bar with genetically engineered ingredients, chemical tastes and colours, and you get an enormous amount of calories in a short space.
Natural mayonnaise, which is created from vegetable oil and egg yolks, is completely safe to consume. However, the product that we are currently sold on store shelves is loaded with trans fats, stabilisers, preservatives, and other “chemicals.” Mayonnaise packaged in plastic is particularly hazardous because, when it comes into contact with vinegar – its unaltered constituent – the plastic releases harmful chemicals. All of this is true for ketchups, dressings, and sauces of all kinds.
The Bottom Line
If you want to stay healthy and adhere to the principles of adequate nutrition, you should try to avoid eating these foods as much as possible. Their utility is limited, and the majority of the time, the appealing taste of chemical tastes outweighs this.
Moreover, products such as fast-foods, ready-to-eat meals and certain high calorific stuff can cause serious health complications which could pose a serious threat at an early age. So, children, in particular should refrain from these types of foods and parents should take special care of their regular eating habits.
However, once a week is fine! Afterall, everyone requires a certain shift in taste after having all those boring diet foods and healthy salads. But, remember, have these foods in moderation!