There are a large number of health problems generated by the use of an incorrect diet, in addition to this it should be noted that there are toxic foods that we eat every day without suspecting them, but that can end up ruining your health.

Some will say that they have eaten them for many years without any sign indicating that they should stop using them; That happens to most of the population, but every time, our body is showing signs that it is time to stop opting for toxic processed foods and eliminate a number of them immediately.

Toxic foods to avoid

Chronic diseases are on the rise more and more, such as autoimmune diseases ( rheumatoid arthritis , lupus, multiple sclerosis, etc.), or on that spectrum, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and our diet (coupled with a full lifestyle stress), is largely responsible. This is a list of some of the foods that, if not in the short, medium or long term, can have consequences if you do not know how to combine and eat a balanced diet.

1. Tomatoes or tomatoes and canned

Many leading brands of canned foods contain BPA – a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, diabetes , heart disease, and other serious health problems. According to Cosumer Reports tests, only a couple of servings of canned food can exceed safe daily exposure limits for children.

High acidity – a prominent characteristic of tomatoes – causes BPA to leach into food. To avoid this dangerous chemical, avoid canned foods entirely and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, or instead buy brands that use glass containers – especially acidic foods like tomatoes.

2. Processed meats – sausages

Sausages are typically made from meats from animals that were given growth hormones, antibiotics, and other veterinary drugs . These meats also typically contain sodium nitrites and other chemical flavorings and colors. These types of processed meats should be avoided entirely, as processed meats increase the risk of cancer, and no amount of processed meat is “safe.” Eating hot dogs on a regular basis is proven to carry a risk of childhood cancer . Grass-fed and organic meats or wild-caught salmon are healthier options.

3. Margarine

There are a wide variety of unhealthy components in margarines and some very low-quality butters, including trans fats , free radicals, emulsifiers and preservatives, hexane, and other toxic solvents. Raw milk butter, made from the milk of grass-fed cows, is beneficial and rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to help fight cancer and diabetes. Of course, always consuming it in relevant quantities.

4. Vegetable oils

Vegetable oils are highly processed and when consumed in large quantities, they distort the important ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats. Vegetable oils can oxidize good cholesterol, turning it into bad cholesterol . The coconut oil is your best choice for cooking because it is not susceptible to damage by heating.

It is also one of the most unique and beneficial fats for your body. The olive oil is easily damaged by heat, pour over salad better only if extra virgin first cold pressing. We invite you to read our article: What are the best oils for cooking , where you will see a guide to which oils are the best or worst for the kitchen.

5. Microwave popcorn

Microwave popcorn bags are full of PFOA (perfluoroalkyl substances) as the compounds leach into the popcorn when heated. These chemicals are part of a growing group of chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system. The EPA has named PFCs “probable carcinogens” and has established that PFOAs “pose developmental and reproductive hazards in humans.”

6. Non-organic potatoes

Non-organic potatoes and other fresh produce are known for their high pesticide contamination. Your best option is to buy only organic fruits and vegetables, since synthetic agrochemicals are not allowed under USDA organic standards. That said, not all conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are subjected to the same amount of pesticide load.

Fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide loads include apples, cucumbers, spinach, kale, and potatoes . The best thing to do is buy these organic foods or grow them ourselves. Check in your place of origin which are those fruits and vegetables that you usually buy in the supermarket and that are highly contaminated with pesticides. We invite you to read our article: How to naturally disinfect fruits and vegetables , where you will see useful information regarding the ways in which you can naturally disinfect your fruits and vegetables.

7. Table salt

Regular “table salt” and the salt in processed foods is not the same salt your body really needs. Table salt contains chemicals such as added ferrocyanide, aluminosilicate, and iodine, while natural salt contains many naturally-occurring minerals, such as silicon, phosphorous, and vanadium. The salt of the Himalayas is a good choice, which contains about 84 minerals that your body needs. Check out our article: Differences between sea salt and table salt , there you can see in detail why one type of salt is a better option to consume than the other.

8. Isolated protein from soybeans and other fermented soy products

Most of the soybeans grown in the United States are from transgenic or genetically modified (GM) crops. One active ingredient it contains is glyphosate, which disrupts cell function and can induce many of our modern diseases, including autism.

Unfermented soy has also been linked to malnutrition , digestive disorders, immune system breakdown , thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility, including cancer and heart disease. The only soy with health benefits is properly fermented organic soy , it is the only way its beneficial properties are available to your digestive system. We invite you to read our article: reasons to avoid soy milk , where you will learn about some studies on the matter.

9. Artificial sweeteners

The sweeteners artificial as aspartame , can stimulate the appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate the storage of fat and weight gain. The methanol formed in aspartame can wreak havoc with sensitive proteins and DNA in your body, as humans do not have the protective mechanism that allows methanol to convert to harmless formic acid. Animal toxicology testing is the wrong model, as animals do have this protective mechanism, while humans do not, so the results do not fully apply to humans.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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