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8 Foods you should avoid

8 Foods you should avoid

No one ever says look, if you eat this food, it's going to make you sick. Not today, maybe not tomorrow, but there totally is a cost to your long term health if you eat this stuff.

It's a lot like smoking. People talked about smoking being bad for you for decades before we did anything about it. [I may or may not have had the odd cigarette at school.......maybe]

And now we all know beyond a shadow of a doubt, smoking kills.

Well some of these foods will one day be on a list like that.

Clearly we may not give them up totally - but eat as sparingly as possible.

8 Foods You Should Never Eat

1. Tinned Tomatoes

BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and more. Avoid canned foods entirely and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.

2. Deli Meats

Deli meats are typically made with meats from animals given growth hormones, antibiotics and other veterinary drugs. They also typically contain sodium nitrite and other chemical flavorings and dyes. NO amount of processed meat is "safe." Fresh organically-raised grass-fed or pastured meats, or wild caught salmon are healthier options.

3. Margarine

This is basically plastic. It has so many unhealthy components, including trans fats, free radicals, emulsifiers and preservatives, hexane and other toxic solvents. Eat butter or olive oil instead.

4. Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils are highly processed, and when consumed in large amounts, they distort the important omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Coconut oil is best for cooking and one of the most unique and beneficial fats for your body. Olive oil is easily damaged by heat and is best reserved for drizzling cold over salad.

5. Microwave Popcorn

Microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA, and when they are heated the compound leaches onto the popcorn. These chemicals are part of an expanding group of chemicals known to disrupt your endocrine system and affect your sex hormones. The EPA has ruled PFCs as "likely carcinogens," and has stated that PFOA "poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans."

6. Table Salt

Regular 'table salt' and the salt found in processed foods are NOT identical to the salt your body really needs. Table salt contains chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate, and added iodine, while natural salt contains many naturally occurring minerals, including trace minerals like silicon, phosphorous and vanadium. My favorite is Himalayan salt, which contains about 84 trace minerals your body needs.

7. Soy Beans

Most soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered (GE) to be "Roundup Ready." The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which disrupts cellular function and can induce many of our modern diseases, including autism. Unfermented soy has also been linked to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease. The only soy with health benefits is organic soy that has been properly fermented, at which point their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.

8. Artificial Sweetners

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage 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 be broken down into harmless formic acid. Toxicology testing on animals is a flawed model, as animals have this protective mechanism while humans do not, so the results do not fully apply to people.