When I saw this list of foods to delete from your grocery list 1) I wasn’t surprised and 2) I wanted to cry because, except for the carbonated sodas, they are some of my favorites. Who doesn’t love fried chicken, Brats cooked in beer, McDonald’s French Fries? It’s like a comedian said once, ‘If it tastes good, spit it out.’ It always seemed to me the things that gave me most pleasure were the worst for me and now I have proof.
The following foods are proven to speed up the aging process in our bodies and should be removed from your daily diet.
All carbonated drinks do is contribute sugar without any nutrients and can lead to obesity, which in turn can cause hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Sausage / Processed meats
According to a new European study because sausage contains N-Nitroso, a substance that is carcinogenic and formed when nitrite is mixed with the other ingredients in processed meat, sausage and processed meats in general, are thought to trigger colorectal cancer. The additives and chemicals used to manufacture processed meats make your liver work hard to neutralize it. You really don’t want to do that to your liver.
Coffee is on this list because stress hormones are increased by the caffeine in coffee and this effect lasts for quite a while after you drink it. The stress hormone (cortisol) in high levels in your body will fatigue and even shrink your muscles. Cortisol is one of the biggest contributors to premature aging.
Frying food at high temperatures, such as chips and French fries, triggers the formation of trans-fat which, in turn, when a large part of one’s diet, increases the risk of coronary heart disease.
To make liquid oils compact and easier to store hydrogen is added to liquid oils. Adding hydrogen to liquid oils results in a chemical process that produces trans-fat. Butter and margarine are examples of hydrogenated fats.
With the use of trans-fat, the risk of heart disease is increased, good cholesterol (LDL) IS suppressed and bad cholesterol (HDL) is increased in your blood circulation. But wait, there is more; combine sugar and trans-fat and you make your pancreas and liver work even harder. All of a sudden that Bear Claw doesn’t sound so good, does it? Everyday should be “Be Kind to Your Pancreas and Liver” day, they become diseased and you’re in trouble, serious trouble.
When sugar reacts with amino acids the Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs), a complex group of compounds, are formed. This occurs both in food and your body. AGEs, along with oxidation, causes damage in your body, leading to disease (i.e. declining organ functioning, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and Diabetes), aging and eventually death. On the flip side, restricting your intake of sugar you can increase your life span. That and exercise has been shown to reduce circulating AGEs, oxidative stress and inflammatory markers.
Proteins contained in red meat repair tissue but eating too much of it can cause your bones to lose calcium, putting you at risk for osteoporosis. High protein diet in middle age can cause poliarthritis with inflammation in more than one type of joint.
White rice and white bread
These two items have a high glycemic index with very little fiber and increase the sugar levels in your bloodstream rapidly. This causes early cell aging which in turn increases the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, gall bladder, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers. Mashed potatoes, wheat processed and cereals high in sugar are additional foods with high glycernic index.
To sum up:
When your diet includes a high average of processed foods it is very hard for your body to digest these foods and that invites free radical damage to your cells. If your diet lacks anti-aging food, your body can’t fight the free radicals and it will age quicker and will be more susceptible to disease.
I’ve already written a couple of blogs on anti-aging foods but am researching some wonders in the food world and berries, I’m finding, are a tremendous resource. Next time, berries, a Woman’s Wonder Food.