June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015
24 Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs
Part 5

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you had a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is resting back to Idaho today to rest up after a very busy weekend so stay tuned for new pictures soon.

As we age we hopefully learn how to eat more healthy if we did not learn those facts as we were growing up. But do you know which 24 foods you should avoid at all costs? I started blogging on the issue Monday and it will continue all week. By removing the following meals and snacks from your kitchen cupboards, you will maximize your chances of staying fit and healthy for as long as possible.

#21. Fast Food

Fast food may come in a lot of different flavors, but deep beneath the surface, it’s pretty much all the same, and it isn’t pretty. Any way you look at it, fast food is a blight on society.

It’s terrible for your body, awful for the environment, and no good for the workers who must often rely on government assistance to make ends meet due to the deplorable pay offered by multi-billion dollar fast food conglomerates.

Fast food is extremely high in calories, unhealthy fats and sodium. Regular consumption of burgers, fries, tacos and chicken nuggets causes obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, kidney disease and a host of other serious health problems.

The number of chemicals found in fast food staggers the mind, and these include stabilzers, flavor enhancers, preservatives and artificial colors. And that’s just the chemicals that are added to the food at the hands of the processors.

The meat itself comes from a very dark place. To keep costs down, fast food joints use cheap meat from animals raised in filthy, crowded conditions. As such, these animals need huge amounts of antibiotics to fend off sickness, and they’re fed synthetic hormones to produce more product than they are naturally capable of producing.

These enormous, unsustainable farming operations unleash great destruction on the environment, including deforestation, methane gases from waste products and the burden of transportation from centralized locations, often located outside of the U.S.

If there’s one thing on this list that you vow to never allow past your lips again, make it fast food.

#22. Whole Milk Dairy Products

While dairy products in moderation provide you with calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals, too much whole milk dairy in your diet, including cheese, yogurt, and milk, can harm you. Whole milk dairy products are high in saturated fat, which increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, and promotes inflammation in the body, which causes premature aging and a host of illnesses.

Whole milk and other dairy products may also increase pain related to rheumatoid arthritis and migraines.

The risk of cancers of the reproductive system, such as prostate and breast cancer, is increased with high intake of whole dairy products and linked to the insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) found naturally in cow’s milk. Estrogen metabolites found in whole dairy products affect your body at the cellular level, causing rapid and aberrant growth.

Aside from the questionable chemicals and hormones naturally found in whole dairy products, a host of other substances are introduced to milk in the farming process. For example, most cows are given synthetic hormones that increase their milk production.

These hormones are often found in milk products, and can affect human hormonal balance, which can even result in young girls and boys growing breasts. Antibiotics are another concern when it comes to dairy products in general. Administered to keep cows from becoming ill, traces of antibiotics are found in many dairy products.

Whole milk diary products should be avoided, and low-fat dairy products should be consumed in moderation to prevent conditions associated saturated fats and chemicals.

#23. Reduced Fat Foods

Twenty years or so ago, a new revolution in nutrition took hold. This was the age of the demonization of fat. Not just unhealthy fats, but any kind of fat.

Food manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and began offering fat-free and low-fat versions of perennial favorites, but instead of making the food healthier, they made it much, much worse by adding a lot of salt and sugar to replace the flavors lost along with the fat.

Interestingly, the current obesity epidemic in America seems to have begun with the fat-free revolution. Calorie counts in low-fat foods remained the same or increased, and too many consumers thought that fat-free meant that you couldn’t get fat eating it. So they ate it. And ate it. And ate it. And they got fat from it.

But the added salt and sugar isn’t the worst of it. Many reduced-fat products use artificial fats like Olestra to replace the natural fats in these foods. Unfortunately, artificial fats prevent the absorption of a large number of essential nutrients, rendering much of the fat-free foods very low in nutritional value once digested.

The artificial fats themselves cause a number of rather unpleasant side effects. Proctor and Gamble, the mega corporation who got Olestra approved for the masses and proceeded to make a killing off of making people fat and sick, conducted their own tests on the substance, and found that it often results in gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea and, in their own words, “anal leakage of greasy fecal matter.”

Instead of reduced-fat foods like potato chips, muffins and other snacks, avoid these unhealthy foods altogether and opt for nutritious snacks like raw, fresh fruits, vegetables with hummus, nuts and seeds, and air popped, non-GMO popcorn.

#24. Hot Dogs

You’ve probably heard stories about how hot dogs are comprised of all the unwanted parts of a cow or pig: the intestines, hooves, eyeballs and what-have-you are ground up to make the meat. While this is somewhat true to a certain degree, it’s not the primary concern when it comes to this all-American food staple.

The real culprits in hot dogs are the nitrites that are added to give them their signature color and texture.

Most hot dog manufacturers use sodium nitrate, which is linked to a number of cancers. Even “all natural” and “organic” varieties contain high levels of sodium nitrate. In fact, a recent study found that natural hot dogs contained anywhere from one-half to ten times the amount of sodium nitrate as regular hot dogs.

When hot dogs are cooked at high temperatures, such as on the grill or in the microwave, they form heterocyclic amines, which cause colon tumors in animals and increase the risk of colorectal cancer in humans.

Nearly 80 percent of the calories in hot dogs come from saturated fat, which has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes and certain cancers.

Turkey and chicken hot dogs have less saturated fat, but they still contain sodium nitrate. Veggie dogs, on the other hand, contain no sodium nitrates.

If you’re a frequent hot dog eater, it may be time to make the switch.

Hope these tips help you stay healthy and have a beary safe and great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab