YOU may have heard this phrase before, “There are no good or bad foods — there are only bad diets” and on the whole this is true. Chocolate, cake or a few slices of pizza are not necessarily nutritious, but when enjoyed occasionally will not cause any long-lasting ill effect. But what is important to know is that there are some foods that have the potential to be so bad for us nutritionally that you would argue they are bad foods, and best avoided altogether. Here are some of them and the scientific reasons why they are best eliminated from your diet completely.
Spreads are a controversial food topic among nutrition professionals as the recommended switch from butter to margarine originally came from evidence that plant-based oils were better for the heart than animal-based fat. While this is true, nutrition professionals will generally recommend foods that are as natural as possible and when it comes to margarine it is an added fat that we do not “need” in our diet, especially fat that comes from heavily processed, refined vegetable oil. A high intake of processed vegetable oils is linked to increased inflammation long-term, which is extremely damaging to the body’s cells over time.