There are five types of foods that should be avoided specially to keep you safe and sound. We normally prefer all the food that makes our mouth watery but we should not forget that the food that we are consuming might cause us no good in long perception of time. It can give us pleasure and fill our appetite now; can cause great danger in future for our health.
- Processed salt (sodium chloride): Salt is very essential part of our day-to-day cooking. Salt is added to food for taste. Salt contain sodium chloride and sodium is necessary to sustain human life. Sodium controls the volume of body fluid, helps to keep up electrolyte balance and it is important for proper nerve and muscle functions in our body. The most well-known side effect of too much salt is hypertension, or high blood pressure. An excess of salt causes blood vessels to constrict, as a result the heart is required to work harder to pump blood throughout the body. Prolonged hypertension increases the risk of heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease. One more side effect of too much salt is edema, a swelling of the body, usually seen in the hands and legs. Edema occurs when the body retains an excess of fluid in an attempt to balance out the extra sodium.
- Processed food: Nutritional value is very rare and it is replaced by other chemicals and ingredients those are of no nutritional value, which create problems in our health. Some foods that we purchase in readily made condition are processed and treated in laboratory with hydrogenated oil. There is an estimation of over 6000 chemicals are used in processed foods. Sodium nitrite (NaNO2) is another food preservative which is most commonly used in maintaining the stability of cured fish and meats. Sodium nitrite is useful in preserving meats, under certain circumstances, such as cooking meat at a high temperature, sodium nitrite may create cancer-causing substance called nitrosamine (chemical structure R1N(-R2)-N=O). It is not known to what temperature meats need to be heated to in order for nitrosamine to be created. In some processed food Sodium bicarbonate is a form of salt, also called baking soda, which is used to maintain the acid balance in various canned products like canned corn and canned tomatoes.
- Avoid fatty food: Fatty food contains saturated fats, trans fats or cholesterol which increases risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiac arrest. Foods rich in saturated fat and cholesterol include beef, beef fat, lamb, veal, organ meats, poultry fat, whole milk, butter, cream and egg yolks. Processed foods such as commercially prepared cookies, cakes, chips, crackers and fast food, are major contributors of trans fats. Consuming more and more fatty food increases risk for fatty food-related health problems like gas, bloating, heart diseases.
- Toxic substances and chemicals are mostly contained in red meat which causes high blood pressure and hence red meat should be avoided.
- Sugar: Sugar is sweet but the sweetness also has a bitter effects. Sugar is the important factor that causes obesity. Obesity causes high blood pressure.