Healthy Diet: 10 foods we should not eat anymore

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Many a meal we consider healthy, although the opposite is the case. And much is just too delicious to pass up. But with these ten foods, that would be better.

We all want to eat healthy – theoretically at least. And you probably can not hear nutritional tips for a long time now or are completely confused now, what you should eat and what not. There are a lot of myths surrounding food and, above all, healthy nutrition. There are a variety of diets: From Paleo, over raw food and low carb, to veganism or so-called clean eating. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide which diet you feel comfortable.

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However, some foods are really unhealthy and sometimes harm our environment. We should therefore no longer (or at least less) eat them. Luckily, there is a good alternative for almost everything.

1. White rice contains fewer nutrients

Rice is not just rice: For white rice, the grains are ground. This means that the shell, the so-called silver skin, and the seedling are removed from the unpeeled rice. Then the grains are polished. What remains is only the starchy core of the rice grain. The valuable nutrients that are in the shell are lost.

White rice makes you “just” full without providing you with sufficient nutrients. People who regularly eat white rice in large quantities also increase the risk of developing diabetes.

Something better than the white rice is the so-called parboiled rice: it is soaked before peeling and polishing, treated with steam pressure and dried. As a result, the nutrients migrate into the interior and the end product still contains around 80 percent of the vitamins and minerals. However, he lacks fiber.

The healthiest rice is whole grain rice: it is neither ground nor polished and thus contains much more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Whole grain rice looks brownish and is also called brown rice. We recommend wholegrain rice in organic quality.

2. Instant vegetable broth: too often is not healthy

Instant vegetable broth powder is handy for quick soups, broths or sauces. But often there are not many vegetables in it: salt is usually the first ingredient in the list of ingredients. Followed by the flavor enhancer glutamate. Glutamate is discredited because it may lead to allergic reactions and appetite-stimulating. The scientific assessment is not yet completed, so recommendations are ambiguous.

Although the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the German Nutrition Society consider occasional consumption harmless. Consumer centers, however, advise against frequent consumption. In addition to salt and flavor enhancers, flavors, palm oil, and sugar can be found in vegetable broths. And those are a good reason to do without instant vegetable powder.

A better alternative is organic vegetable broths, here no flavor enhancers and other questionable additives may be used. Although some organic vegetable broths contain yeast extract that contains a small amount of glutamate, a study by Münster University of Applied Sciences and the German natural food association Naturwaren Naturwaren could not make any clear scientific statement for or against the use of yeast extract in organic foods.

3. Healthy diet waives finished salad

Salad from the bag is tempting: No washing, no snipping, it is only missing the (ready) salad dressing and the healthy meal is ready. But it’s not that easy. Apart from the fact that ready-to-eat salad does not get along without environmentally damaging plastic packaging, it is not healthy for several reasons: In an eco-test study in February 2015, the nitrate levels of almost all salads were increased. Many salads were contaminated with pesticides and chlorate or perchlorate (when washing the salads is partly added chlorine or chlorine oxide).

Another problem of the finished salads is the germ burden: By destroying the natural leaf structures, cell juice is released and provides the ideal breeding ground for germs. Other salads have some of the nitrate problems. Unlike finished salads, however, they have fewer problems with germ loads: By destroying the natural leaf structures, cell juice is released and provides the ideal breeding ground for germs. A fresh, seasonal, organic-grade salad is healthier, more germ-free, longer-lasting and pack-free.

4. Whole grain instead of white flour products

White flour usually contains “wheat flour type 405”. It is the normal household flour that is often used for bread rolls, for example, because of its good baking properties. The number “405” stands for a low Ausmahlungsgrad and reflects the content of minerals. Type 405 is the lowest number and thus contains the least amount of minerals. The higher the number, the healthier the flour.

In addition to the low nutrient content, white flour products have other health disadvantages: they are often a calorie, fat and sugar-rich products such as biscuits, croissants, cakes or toast. Similar to white rice, white flour products just make you “fed” without providing your body with essential nutrients.

Wheat or spelled: wholemeal flour preserves all components of the grain. Therefore, whole grains contain more minerals, vitamins, and fiber and make longer full.

5. Muesli instead of breakfast cereals

Chocolate muesli, cornflakes, and honey pops are not a good start to the day. Breakfast cereals are highly processed products and often contain too much sugar. They have a lot of calories, do not get tired of long, and are often fortified with artificial minerals and vitamins.

The latter sounds good, but it is not: In Germany, most people are sufficiently supplied with nutrients. Excessive intake of fortified foods can even lead to harmful health effects. How about a cereal made from wholemeal flakes, fresh seasonal fruit, and a few hazelnuts from Germany?

6. Chocolate spread is not a healthy breakfast

A white bread slice, then the chocolate cream. The perfect day starts, lets us believe the advertising. But the sweet cream for breakfast is not a good idea: it consists of half of the sugar, it follows palm oil, then come hazelnuts and cocoa. This is actually more of a sweetie than a healthy breakfast.

7. ACE juice contains too much sugar

ACE juice promises an extra portion of vitamins for the immune system. Unfortunately, the juice is not healthy at all: it contains relatively much sugar and should therefore not be drunk as a thirst quencher. Often the fruit content in ACE juices is low. For this, water, sweeteners, and vitamins are added. The manufacturers are happy to add vitamins C, E, and provitamin A (beta carotene). But the benefits of such artificial vitamins for our body is also controversial. Better are juices in organic quality!

8. Legumes instead of protein and energy bars

As a (hobby) athlete you treat yourself occasionally a protein or energy bar. It gives you strength and promotes muscle growth – you think. The reality is different: The bars are anything but healthy and natural. They are high in calories, highly processed and can not do without additives of sugar, flavors and isolated vitamins and minerals.

Öko-Test also found genetically modified soya and pesticide residues in energy bars in February 2016. For athletes, a healthy and balanced diet is more useful than energy and protein bars. For example, legumes such as lentils and peas or potatoes and whole grains contain many valuable proteins. Or just make energy balls yourself as a healthier alternative to energy bars.

9. Forsake cured meat and meat products

Pickling is an ancient preservation method. Meat and sausage products are preserved by treatment with pickling salt, a mixture of salt and potassium or sodium nitrite (E249 – E252). The nitrite can form the so-called nitrosamines with amines (proteins). They arise in particular at high temperatures. Nitrosamines have been shown in animals to be carcinogenic.

Although meat and sausage products today contain only small amounts of nitrite. But the consumer centers advise against frequent consumption. If you eat meat, choose organic meat. Organic farming associations such as Bioland or Demeter refrain from using nitrite pickling salt.

And with meat, this tip should not be missing: the less the better! Because less meat means less factory farming, less animal suffering, less environmental impact.

10. Do not eat light and diet foods

Although light and diet products promise to contain less energy, sugar or fat. Often, however, the reduced nutrient is replaced by another, and in the end, the calorie contents hardly differ. For light and diet products taste, the manufacturers used flavor enhancers, flavors, and sweeteners.

Better than industrially processed light and diet products are unprocessed products. For example, try natural yogurt with fresh fruits instead of light fruit yogurt.