The 9.1 Worst Foods To Eat List
Before we get started on the list lets have a quick overview.
Processed junk foods are everywhere, we now have more takeaways open in the UK than ever before, and its not good news for our children. This list is not about takeaway food but it's about the foods we buy in the supermarkets which are full of sugar, salt loaded and full of fat with little to no nutritional value.
They can have devastating effects on your health - but what are the real worst foods to eat?
That's not to say that the foods featured on this list are things you should never eat again, but if you want to follow a healthy diet then try to keep your intake of these 9.1 foods to a minimum.
1. Cheesy Fries
It’s no secret that fries are high in salt, fat and calories, and adding large amounts of cheese to this already unhealthy food makes this a terrible recipe for your health.
A regular portion of fries contains around 420 calories.
Throw in 100g of cheddar cheese on top of this, and you will be adding a further 400 calories and 35g of fat to the fries.
- Friday night favourite for a lot of people?!
2. Fried Desserts
Anything deep-fried is a poor health choice, and coating a dessert that is already high in sugar and fat in the batter is something you should avoid. Fried foods can clog up your arteries which can, over time lead to heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Don’t think this doesn’t apply to pineapple and banana fritters too. Just because they are fruit, they have still been cooked in batter and will also be swimming in a sugary syrup.
3. Cereals (Worth a look at what cereals are the problem here)
Many of us start our day with a bowl of cereal, but in some cases, this breakfast choice can actually contain many harmful ingredients.
Some breakfast cereals (specifically those aimed at our children) contain preservatives to make them last longer, artificial dyes, flavorings and high amounts of sugar in each portion.
An article published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association found that cereals marketed at children contained more sodium, carbohydrates, sugar and calories per gram than those not marketed to children.
This isn’t a coincidence, after all children like things sweet.
Where possible, try to stick to cereals that are high in fibre and low in sugar.
What do you start your day with?!
4. Pork Scratching’s (Pork Rind or Crackle)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, deep fried pig skin covered in salt makes it onto our list of the 9.1 worst foods to eat. If you’ve ever had a bag of pork scratching, then you might have had the pleasure of finding a piece that still has a few hairs on it.
Pig hair is usually removed by burning the skin quickly before it’s cut up and cooked in the hot fat, but occasionally, some hair remains on the skin.
These are just yuck.
5. Fizzy Beverage Drinks – The Coca Cola Style Drinks!
Although they are technically not a food, fizzy drinks still rightly deserve a place on the unhealthy food list.
The health implications of regular consumption of fizzy drinks include heart disease, tooth decay and osteoporosis.
Fizzy drinks also contain enormous amounts of hidden sugar, with the average can of coke containing 10 teaspoons.
Even diet drinks that seem healthier should generally be avoided as although they might be lower in calories than full-fat versions,
they still contain artificial sweeteners which can rot tooth enamel over time.
6. Processed Meats -Rather Than Fresh Butchers Choice!
Processed meats have been modified to contain nitrates and other chemical additives to help preserve the meat for longer and enhance the colour. Some processed meats such as sausages are also made up leftover, unwanted parts of animals, mixed up with high amounts of salt and fat. Consuming processed meat can also cause health risks including high blood pressure, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
Why not take a read about what foods we should when we get cravings - https://howiamfeelingfunny.com/your-cravings-what-to-healthily-substitute-them-for
7. Frozen Meals - Packed Meal in A Packet!
Key - Salt / Preservatives!
Although frozen ready meals are such a convenient choice, they offer very little in the way of nutritional value, and are packed with calories.
I mean food that basically sits in your freezer for months into some type of edible meal doesn't sound too good, we wouldn't accept this in a restaurant.
Many Mass Manufacturers add in high levels of preservatives and sodium which keep it so long frozen but this doesn't make the food better,
it makes it even worse.
Rather than filling your freezer with supermarket cheaply priced ready meals, you could use the better batch cooking of your own homemade healthy style food alternatives and freeze them in smaller portions.
8. Chicken Nuggets
Note - A lot of it isn't even chicken! (Even the chicken isn't of a quality grade, be sure to read the packaging).
Don’t let them fool you into thinking that chicken nuggets are a healthy choice of food simply because it state's they contain chicken.
The truth is, chicken nuggets rarely contain only chicken breast, many manufacturers are mixing the meat with bulking agents now to keep their prices low and leftover bits of carcass go into these nuggets, (the average nugget contains 50 per cent more fat and carbs than protein from the chicken).
Instead of eating these so-called chicken fried nuggets, make your own healthy chicken nuggets, basic recipes can be found online, or find healthier alternatives.
Making them at home you could use a lean chicken breast cut into pieces and coated in breadcrumbs with an egg wash.
9. Canned Soups
Make time to make your own - simple recipes online - Then you don't have salt loaded cans of soup!
What probably seems so innocent in addition to this list, canned soups are not as bad for your health as some of the other foods featured in this top 10, but they do contain high amounts of salt, which is worse for us as we age, especially the heart muscle.
If made correctly, soups can provide a hearty and healthy meal time serving packed full of vitamins and goodness.
So, if you want to eat soup, then stick to making your own. (Basic recipes can be downloaded in the app stores today or found online or various sources to use like YouTube).
Making your own is key to been able to say that you know exactly what is going into it and won’t fall into the high salt traps of the canned varieties we see on the shelves.
Some healthier low salt alternatives;
Campbell's Chunky Healthy Request Chicken Noodle. ...Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Chicken Noodle. ...Amy's Organic Light in Sodium Lentil Vegetable. ...Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Minestrone. ...Pacific Natural Foods Organic Light in Sodium Creamy Tomato
9.1 Doughnuts - Derived Fried Food We Know (But, we felt it was worth a mention anyway).
What do these have in them? - Sugar, Sugar, Sugar!
Although you might love doughnuts, as many of us do! In the long term, your heart won’t like you for it and nor will that waist line.
Doughnuts are fried, so you consume high amounts of saturated and trans fats when you eat the treat.
Doughnuts also class as empty calories, as the snack itself is high in calories and sugar (a chocolate iced doughnut contains 350 calories on average) but it is low in nutritional value as a whole. So, it won’t be long before your reaching for another doughnut… or two, which is the same with many pre-cooked foods we buy.
Obviously, many people will say what about if you can't cook? we can all make smarter purchasing choices if we spend an extra couple of minutes reading the packaging, also we have weight watchers’ foods and other varieties now.
Food is BIG business; we can eat smarter without spending a fortune and stay healthier. If we can do a minimum of 30 minutes exercise a day too, then we are getting ourselves into better habits already.
Moderation is key, but some of these foods just really aren't good for us at all.
So, should we still eat them?!
Do you like readingabout health and foods try our guide to healthy eating when we get bad cravings.