Good and balanced nutrition is very important for any age even for children. However, as we get older, our body is less and less tolerant of the food which is not nutritious and we just eat it because it is so delicious. Our metabolism system slows down with age and makes it much easier to get extra weight. Beside of that, today’s thirties are doing mainly office work, not doing enough sports and if it would not be enough they face with huge stress every day. Combining these factors with the wrong meals can cause serious problems.
We’ve gathered the foods that you might want to avoid after you are over the age of 30.
We all love eating popcorn in the cinema at home on while watching movies on the couch. But, unfortunately, like a lot of others, this snack is not harmless either, high popcorn consumption can cause problems for your health:
The coating layer on the inner wall of popcorn paper bags is a synthetic chemical, called perfluorooctanoic acid. This substance can be carcinogenic. Most of the popcorns that can be prepared in the microwave oven are produced by the addition of modified oil derivatives, most often coconut or soy oil, which are transformed into trans-fatty acids during production. These trans fatty acids are particularly harmful to the heart and blood vessels.
2. White bread
The problem with white bread is similar to sugary, carbonated soft drinks, that they are rapidly transformed into fat and being stored the body. That is why especially for those who are trying to lose weight, it is advisable to avoid bread, or at least choose whole wheat.
In a Spanish study, the relationship between the white, the whole wheat bread and people’s weight was examined. The Mediterranean country was chosen because in Spain white bread is still one of the most important of their traditional way of eating.
The research involved 9,200 Spanish youngsters who were under observation for 5 years. The data showed that white bread was directly related to the increased risk of obesity, while the same was not true for whole wheat bread.
3. Soy Sauce
The four basic ingredients in soy sauce are wheat, soybeans, salt and fermenting agents like mold or yeast. This is not something that sounds too dangerous but did you knew that it is high in sodium, can be high in MSG (a flavor enhancer), may contain cancer-causing substances, contains significant amount of amines, wheat and gluten? Eeeek… Ok, we do not say that you should throw out your soy sauce right now, but you better use it limited.
4. Canned vegetables
Yes, vegetables are always a good choice, but the canned version should always be the last thing we select. The inner wall of the cans usually contains a BPA coating that separates the vegetables from the metal. And as we all know, BPA is a very toxic compound that can affect our hormonal system, cause overweight, diabetes, infertility, and even cancer. Additionally, the sodium and often the sugar content of canned vegetables are usually very high.
Do you think it is healthy because it contains oatmeal and nuts? Well, unfortunately, it is not. The granola is full of sugar most of the time, and even a quarter of a cup is an amazingly big shock for the blood sugar level. Only one cup of granola can easily top out at six hundred calories, a third of the average woman’s daily allowance. You should prepare some oatmeal with fresh fruits instead.
6. Frozen Yogurt
Those yogurt-based ice creams sold by different franchise companies are not as healthy as we’d think it first. They contain less fat but usually more sugar than normal ice cream, our body processes the harmful carbohydrates more quickly, which makes our blood sugar levels rise in no time. Optional toppings like various candies and pieces of chocolate just worsen the situation.
7. Muesli bar
Ideally, a muesli bar contains wholegrain grains, dried fruits, nuts or seeds, very little amount or no added sugar, and no fat. In reality, there are some brands which contain more sugar or sugar syrup than grain. Hydrogenated vegetable fats should also not be contained in food which is marked “healthy” because they are associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cholesterol-related illnesses.
8. Flavored yogurt
People consider flavored yogurt as a healthy product, especially that advertisements say it is rich in calcium and protein, it helps digestion and is also recommended for dieters. Unfortunately these facts are not true for all of them. On the basis of some tests that was made the products, it was found that often 1 single box of flavored yoghurt, contains one and a half teaspoons of sugar. Is it something that sounds healthy for you? If you want to eat fruit yoghurt, just blend a cup natural yogurt with some fresh or frozen fruit instead of buying the sugary version.
9. Salad dressings
You are trying to eat healthy, buying a lot of vegetables, and in order to make it tastier, you add some salad dressing to it? Bad idea! Why? First of all, because most of the dressings that you can purchase in the shops contain a large amount of sugar. Secondly, because dressings on the shelves of stores contain a high proportion of saturated fats which do not favor our health. In order to make the dressing dense and creamier, manufacturers add fat-rich ingredients to their products. And last but not least a pre-mixed salad dressing contains lots of artificial additives. Most of the manufacturers try to achieve the most attractive appearance and taste experience with food colors and flavors, without neglecting the harmful side effects.
Instead of pre-made salad dressing with artificial flavor enhancers, choose a delicious and healthy solution like parsley or oregano mixed with extra virgin olive oil.
10. Zero-calorie soft drinks
Everyone knows that soft drinks are unhealthy. But what about zero caloric versions? Well, the situation is that they are no better. Sweet-flavored sports drinks, juices and soft drinks (which are mysteriously calorie-free) often contain chemicals, artificial dyes, and sweeteners that satisfy the sweet tooth consumer, but in fact, do the wrong thing with their body. The materials in them can even disrupt the balance of the intestinal flora.
11. Drinks with a high amount of caffeine
These products contain stimulants that raise the pulse and disrupt the regular rhythm of the heart, leading to heart problems for a lot of people. In addition, caffeine can cause convulsions that are difficult to treat and can strengthen negative effects on the cardiovascular system. A less known fact is that a group of people lack an enzyme responsible for digest caffeine. Therefore caffeine stays in their body for a long time, keeping blood pressure high and causing chronic illnesses.
12. Fat-free sweets
When a food manufacturer removes or reduces something from a product that we know as a “bad thing”, we often conclude that this product will be better for us. However, this is not necessarily the case, especially when it comes to removing fat. Reducing saturated fatty acids is healthy, but you should know that the lost taste is replaced by the addition of more sugar. A lot of low-fat or fat-free product is so sugary that it is already a dessert. This additional sugar can raise the level of bad cholesterol level in your blood.
13. Nut Butters
We know nuts like peanuts, walnuts or cashews are full of healthy fats. The problem comes when they start producing the butter, they take some of the healthy fat out to replace it with sugar and saturated or trans fat. If you cannot make it without nut butter, stick with options that have one to two ingredients; for example, peanuts or peanuts and salt. Once you select other than that, your health food will become unhealthy.
Sixty-eight percent of bacon’s calories come from fat, moreover, it contains a significant amount of saturated fatty acid, which increases the risk of cancer, including breast cancer. Bacon and other processed meats also contain sodium nitrate which, according to a 2013 study published in the journal European Cytokine Network, enhances oxidative stress. The more you reduce the consumption of these foods, the more you do for your health, especially your heart will thank you for avoiding fatty foods.
As we age, our body doesn’t metabolize alcohol as efficiently and as quick as before. What is even more burdensome for our body than a lot of alcohol? A lot of unhealthy alcoholic drinks! Some of tastiest cocktails are loaded with so much sugar and so many calories that you could just finish the platter of cookies instead. These are Eggnog, Log Island Iced Tea, Mudslide, White Russian, Daiquiri, Margarita, Mai Tai, Pina Colada. Try to avoid them.