09 Foods You Should Never Eat — Foods to Avoid | Healthy Mind — Think Big


It’s no secret that there are many foods that have been portrayed as healthy, when they actually are bad for you. In this post, you will find foods you should never eat that, presented by Jared Koch, who is the founder of Clean Plates. The problem with most food is that it is promoted by companies in such a way that it is convincing to most people. Companies use the words “sugar-free” and “all-natural” on their labels, but that doesn’t necessarily ensure that the food is healthy to eat.

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Canned food contains BPA; which is a toxic chemical that is linked to reproductive abnormalities, increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. The Consumer Report’s testing states that only a couple of servings of canned food can exceed the safety limit for daily BPA exposure for children. There are many different health problems associated with BPA chemicals. These health problems include reproductive harm, increased risk of mental disabilities in babies, risk of miscarriage, hormonal disruption, increased risk of certain cancers, and more. BPA is found in most of the plastics we use, and a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease control even revealed that BPA was detected in 93% of urine samples tested among 2517 people older than six years old. The reason that canned tomatoes have such a high risk of BPA contamination as opposed to other canned goods is because of the acidity. Dr. Mercola explains that canned tomatoes have high acidity, which can cause BPA to stick onto your food. If you want to preserve tomatoes but don’t want to risk consuming BPA, use fresh tomatoes, grow your own tomatoes, or purchase organic tomatoes.


According to a 2011 review of more than 7,000 clinical studies that examined the connection between diet and cancer, processed meats are not healthy and everyone should avoid eating them. This report was commissioned by The World Cancer Research Fund. Koch adds that processed meats are typically made with meats from animals that are raised in animal feeding farms. This means that they are fed growth hormones and other drugs. He adds that the meats also contain nitrite, which adds color and flavor to the food. Nitrite has the potential to be converted into nitrosamines in the body; which are strong cancer-causing chemicals. Believe it or not, processed meat has been linked to heart disease and can contain many different harmful chemicals. If you’re wondering what exactly is considered processed meat, you may be a little surprised! Processed meat includes meat like bacon, ham, beef jerky, canned meat, sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, salted and cured meat, and more. Processed meat is also known to be linked to various different types of chronic diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), bowel and stomach cancer, and high blood pressure. Although you are not likely to develop these diseases, you should still limit the amount of processed meats you eat because people who eat processed meat are more at risk for developing these types of diseases. Do you eat any of the things mentioned in this post so far? Keep reading for some even more surprising foods that you should never attempt to it.


Margarine contains trans-fat, which according to Dr. Mercola, is an unnatural fat. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines states that Americans should consume as little trans-fat as possible. Why? Well according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, they estimate that trans fat causes between 72,000 to 228,000 heart attacks, which includes almost 50,000 fatal ones, per year. The easiest solution to this is to buy butter that is made from grass-eating cows. This type of butter will contain a substance called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This type of butter also contains saturated fat, which many people believe to be harmful but is actually beneficial for your body.


Mercola states that vegetable oil is highly processed. Mercola adds that when heated, vegetable oil can cause damage by converting good cholesterol into bad cholesterol by oxidizing it. When the oil is heated and mixed with oxygen, it becomes rancid. This is a chemical that should never be consumed because it can lead to vascular disease. According to WebMD, some vegetable oils can also contain trans fats, which you now know is quite harmful to the body. Vegetable oil also contributes to inflammation in the body, and is also loaded with trans fats which can be highly toxic. Trans fats can increase the risk of developing various diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even obesity.


Microwaved popcorn contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluoro octane sulfonate (PFOS). Both these chemicals show up as contaminants in blood, and when heated up, leach onto the popcorn. These chemicals have several health dangers. The first danger is infertility. According to a study that is published in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers found that PFOA and PFOS increased the odds of infertility. In fact, PFOA was linked to a 60 to 150 percent increase. Another danger is increased LDL cholesterol levels. A 2010 study found in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine states that teens that have higher PFOA levels had higher levels of LDL cholesterol and PFOS was associated with a higher overall cholesterol level. The FDA also states that the chemical coating which is used in microwave popcorn bags can break. (PFOA) is identified by the environmental protection agency as a “likely carcinogen”. Other studies state that an acid that is found in this chemical can possibly cause cancer in animals, making it likely that it may increase the risk of cancer in humans.

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