By eliminating, or at least limiting, certain foods and ingredients, you'll improve your chances of avoiding a host of major health problems. Learn what to cross off your menu.
Bacon, doughnuts, French fries, ice cream — they're all unhealthy foods you should avoid, right? The short answer is yes; the longer answer is, find out what’s in the foods you're eating, whether you think they're healthy or not.
“Don't look at cutting out a single food, but look at ingredients, processing, and preparation,” says Julia Renee Zumpano, RD, LD, who works in preventive cardiology and rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic. It isn't easy, but by avoiding certain unhealthy foods and ingredients, you can reduce your risk of developing many chronic health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and even some cancers.
Unfortunately, many ingredients linked to serious health problems, such as heart disease, are hard to avoid. Salt, saturated and trans fats, refined sugars, and processed foods (because they can easily contain all of the previous items) are among the worst offenders. Here’s why, and how to spot them on food labels.