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Worst Foods to Eat
The epidemic of adult obesity dates back to the indoctrination of “super-sized fast food” and childhood obesity is now just as much as a threat to our nation’s overall health. At healthyblackmen.org, we take such matters very serious. So we’ve compiled a list of tasty foods that have appeared on multiple “Worst Foods to Eat” lists. Below are six food culprits, threatening your good health.
The temptation of this treat is among the worst snack foods available. Doughnuts are typically loaded with both refined sugars and simplecarbohydrates from refined flours. Both significantly increases blood glucose levels, causing fatigue and contributing to the onset of diabetes. Doughnuts are typically fried in hydrogenated oils, which contain artery-clogging trans fats. Down with the doughnut! Sorry Krispy Kreme.
Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers
Fast food burgers are loaded with fatty, salty toppings like fried onions, cheese, sauces, etc and are soaked in saturated fats that contribute to arterial blockages and heart disease. Fast food burgers are also commonly high in calories – all of the major fast food hamburger chains have “bestselling”options that contain 1100 calories to nearly 3,800 calories depending on toppings and size. The average male needs about 2,500 daily calories (more if highly active), so a fast food burger could equal the total calories for one day.
Soft drinks increase your calorie intake without providing nutrients — a typical 32-oz. non-diet soft drink contains about 265-300 calories. This same-sized serving packs about 69 g of carbohydrates in the form of sugars. You could literally be drinking your calories for the day but without any nutritional value.
French Fries & Potato Chips
These are among the most common snacks for American teenagers (and adults). French fries and potato chips, typically deep fried are insanely high in saturated fats and trans fats. But they could have a greater health risk because deep frying potatoes may produce acrylamides, according to the Journal of Food Science. Acrylamides are potential carcinogens. Are you willing to die for a french fry?
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. It’s all harmless (in moderation) but frequent consumption of this frozen dessert may contribute to weight gain. Eating an average size bowl (2 scoops) of ice cream 3-4 days per week can literally add pounds over time. Whole-milk and flavor varieties generally, generously contain saturated fats. Ice cream also is high in simple sugars that can spike glucose levels, again adding pounds to your rump.
This one is close to my heart because I never met a chicken wing that I didn’t like. But buffalo wings are evil. The good taste comes from being from dark-meat chicken, which is higher in saturated fat than white-meat poultry. And preparation often includes deep frying, adding more saturated fats and trans fats to already nutritionally-challenged snack. And let’s not forget the varieties of buffalo sauce, often contains cream, butter, salt, or even lard (yuck).
Because food choices can have a dramatic impact on your health. A well-balanced diet should include lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins. And don’t forget to drink ample amounts of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and regulate your metabolism.