Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Ten Worst Foods to Avoid!

There are two distinctive types of foods: 1) those that work with the body to build, nourish, and energize, and 2) those that work against the body and clog, pollute, and toxify.

So what are some of the foods that work against the body? Here are ten of the worst:

1) Soda Drinks: One can of soda contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar, has 150 calories, is filled with artificial food colors and additives, and sometimes 30 to 55 mg of caffeine. The active ingredient in soda is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8 - which is highly acidic - and will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis. Soda consumption is also linked to obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Drinks don't need to be sweetened or fizzy to quench the thirst, once you drink good pure water, you'll feel tons better.

2) Pork: This meat is full of fat, food colorings, preservatives, nitrates, and salt - very difficult for the body to digest. These all produce only negative effects on the body.

3) Shellfish: Most of these are ocean floor feeders consuming mostly dead matter, debris, and toxic chemicals that settle. Shrimp are a partial exception because they do swim and feed on live plants.

4) Trans Fats: Trans fats occur naturally in meat and dairy products. However, most of the trans fats consumed today are man-made hydrogenated (shortening or margarine) or partial hydrogenated plant oils which raises the blood cholesterol and clogs the arteries. Partial hydrogenation changes a fat's molecular structure, which raises its melting point and reduces rancidity, which is why most chips and other processed foods are made with partially hydrogenated oils - trans fats!

5) Fried Foods: Doughnuts, French fries, fried chicken and fish, chips, etc. not only usually contain the trans fats, but the high temperature of the oil used to fry them create carcinogens (cancer causing agents), producing large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body.

6) Junk Foods: Foods that are highly processed (white flour, white sugar) are high in calories, poor carbs, fats, salt, yet are deplete in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Avoid the fast food restaurants, and prepared food isles in the grocery stores and choose simple wholesome food creations instead.

7) High Fat Milk Products: Ice creams, shakes, freezes, cheesecakes, sour cream, and butter may taste good, but are all very high in calories, fat, and cholesterol and are hard on the arteries. Studies also show that countries that consume the highest amounts of milk, also have the highest cases of osteoporosis. We do need calcium but better sources of calcium come from vegetable sources.

8) Artificial Sweeteners: These are often chosen as to avoid using sugar. However, artificial sweeteners are much worse being toxic to the system, creating emotional and nervous disorders, and are proven to cause cancer.

9) Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant which is addictive which is why it is added to many drinks, and why caffeinated drinks are marketed so heavily. It causes headaches, nervousness, chronic fatigue, insomnia and more. The more chemical stimulation the body receives, the less it functions on its own.

10) Alcohol: Alcohol is absorbed directly into the blood stream from the stomach and slows down the physical and mental capacities in the body.

This is actually a list of the most common daily consumed foods in America, yet they need to be avoided like the plague if you would like to attain your desired weight and optimum health.

There are many, many wonderful foods that work with your body to build, nourish and energize you. That's why I have created a new recipe book series, ...for the Healthy Leaner Lifestyle - to help you create great foods for your body. Simple Super Salads is full of great, one-meal and hearty salads for any occasion. Creatively Complete Dinners is a compilation of many one-dish dinners, as well as complete-meal dinner ideas which will be available soon. These can both be ordered at and both make a perfect gift for a "Healthy Leaner Lifestyle".

For great Holiday recipes, I have a super little book called my "31 Favorite Holiday Recipes" which is under $7 and can also be found at This also make a terrific little gift!

You can avoid the harmful foods, as well as enjoy great wonderful foods instead!

For your best health,
Erleen Tilton

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