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The top six unhealthiest foods you've been eating your whole life.

By Edited Feb 17, 2016 0 0

Why you're still eating them

and why they'll probably be around for a long time

Too be blunt, there is a TON of food in the world and a TON of variety. Though when we begin to pick apart our diet and really look at what we're eating, it's actually not incredibly diverse, nor is it incredibly healthy! In fact, there are at least six foods in the average american diet that may be called the unhealthiest foods in America. 

The Countdown Begins:

The #6 unhealthiest food is...

Actually not a food! Soda is a sugary and albeit tasty treat to gulp down your food with, however in the long run it might be a poor decision in place of healthier alternatives. This is because Soda is a nutrition less syrupy drink that's actually been linked to a host of health problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, accelerated aging, and often times the dye used is known to be carcinogenic. Yikes! Unfortunately, however, soda has become a staple of social gatherings and is unlikely to take a bow anytime soon.

The #5 unhealthiest food is...

French fries! Definitely a snack that everyone understands is awful for them, but no one seems to be able to resist. French fries are deep-fried in fatty oils and then bombarded with large amounts of salt. In fact, they're practically a recipe for a heart attack! At the same time, however, they're also one of the tastiest sides, whether it's with a burger, a hot dog, or nice slice of pizza. Which brings us to the next food on the list...

The #4 unhealthiest food is...

The all American hot dog! The hot dog, like a lot of other mixed and ground meat, is incredibly high in saturated fat and sodium. On top of that, they're often doused in condiments. Mayonnaise in particular will add a lot of unwanted and unneeded fat to your hot dog. Ultimately leading to obesity and heart disease, and no one wants that! However the hot dog is a staple of American food culture and is unlikely to leave us anytime soon.

The #3 unhealthiest food is...

Pasta. Yup! Believe it or not pasta is actually fairly lacking most any nutritional value. For the most part, it consist of water, flour, and eggs shaped into the various kinds of noodles you see at the supermarket. It's essentially empty carbs that we often drizzle fatty sauces on or mix fatty meats into, and lets not forget to mention that the average cup of pasta(regardless of shape) has about 225 calories in it? Though that might not sound like a lot, after taking into consideration that the pasta has been mixed with butter, sauces, meats and is often eaten in two cup bowls, it may be more accurate to say that a bowl of pasta can have closer to 1000 calories. WOW! 

The #2 unhealthiest food is...

Salad...wait what? It might sound a bit counterintuitive at first, as all of those leafy greens at the bottom of the salad are wonderfully healthy for you! However, the very fact that they're at the bottom is the reason they're number two on the list. Salads are often seen as health foods and so are covered in the goto toppings of salad lovers. Those are Dressings, croutons, and meats. All of which significantly increase the fat content of the salad and really reduce the nutritional effectiveness, in that you're now eating a lot more empty calories, instead of getting a good balance.

And The #1 unhealthiest food is...

Actually not usually eaten as a meal but can be found on about 80% of what we eat. The number one unhealthiest food is none other than, butter. Yes, the flavor filled, and mouth water inducing stick of fat. However, it's important to note, that butter is actually a much healthier alternative when it comes to fats. In fact, the #1 spot really goes to the entire family of solid fats, ranging from butter and margarine, to palm oils, and the like. It's a much healthier decision to go with liquid fats, such as olive oil, when cooking or looking for added flavor. Butter, however, is a staple of food worldwide, not just in america, and is unlikely to see in end. 

What do I do? I eat all of those!

The simple solution isn't to stop eating them! As with a lot of things in this world, the key is to master moderation. A soda every once in a while won't kill you, but a soda every day might. Just keep that in mind the next time you go out to eat, or go shopping and you might just be on your way to a healthier way of living!



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