There are some foods that may be in your kitchen pantry that can be harmful to your health. Check out the list below to see which items you should avoid.
1) Microwave popcorn
The movie theater treat includes a chemical called diacetyl that is used as a synthetic butter flavoring. The chemical is so bad that people working in factories that produced the snack developed “popcorn lung” from inhaling the gases containing diacetyl.
In addition, microwave bags contain the chemical PFOA, which causes thyroid problems, high cholesterol and bladder cancer, according to celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz.
If you still want to eat popcorn, use organic kernels and a brown paper bag in the microwave instead of a store-bought
2) Whole wheat bread
Most breads contain a lot of sugar, which isn’t good for your body. Wheat is easily digested and can rapidly increase blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to overeating.
Eating wheat bread is associated with an increase in cholesterol, which is linked to heart disease.
Wheat bread contains gluten, which can be harmful to some individuals. It can lead to digestive problems, pain, bloating and other issues.
3) Non-organic apples
Conventional apples are a problem because farmers use pesticides to fend off insects and fungus. In 2005, the USDA tested conventional apples and found up to 42 different toxic pesticides on them.
Peeling apples is not the solution — you’ll lose out on fiber, potassium and vitamin A, as well as ursolic acid, which helps burn calories and boost glucose control.
4) Diet and regular soda
Soda is high in sugar and contains high levels of free radicals, which are linked to diabetes.
Diet soda is particularly bad because the sweet taste signals the body to store fat and carbs, which makes an individual hungrier. The taste also promotes the release of insulin, which prevents the body from burning fat.
The plastic bottles used for soda (and water) contains a toxic chemical called BPA, which has been linked to immune system depression.
Margarine includes not-so-healthy ingredients such as trans fats, free radicals, synthetic vitamins, bleach, and artificial flavors. Trans fats are linked to heart disease, cancer and a myriad of other issues.