Did you know that you’re probably eating 5 chemically bleached foods that are harmful to your health? The list includes table salt, white sugar, cow’s milk, refined flour, and margarine.
In this article we’ll explain why they’re so harmful and also suggest some healthy alternatives to improve your quality of life.
We usually just talk about salt in general, but today it’s important to distinguish that just like white and brown sugars, there are refined or natural salts. Refined salt is more commonly known as table salt, and is simply sodium chloride that has been processed to remove all other nutrients. It also frequently contains additives to keep it from clumping.
Not only is it an unhealthy option in general, the regular use of table salt can cause real damage to your body in the long run. Instead choose natural sea salts that contain their original vitamins and minerals, because they haven’t been refined. The best known natural salt – sea salt – is relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of other options as well (Himalayan salt, Celtic salt, etc.).
White sugar doesn’t provide you with any nutrients and many nutritionists even consider it to be a poison. It contains empty calories that contribute to weight gain, and is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. It can also damage your teeth. Once it reaches the blood stream, the acidity of white sugar steals minerals like calcium and can weaken the teeth and bones.
To keep from cutting out sweets from your diet, replace white sugar with brown sugar, honey, molasses, or natural fruit syrups.
Plenty of nutritionists advise against drinking cow’s milk beyond the first months of life because the body loses the enzyme known as lactase, which allows us to properly digest lactose. Others argue that our bodies are made to process only human breast milk and not that of other animals. According to this theory, most of the population would be lactose intolerant without being aware of it, and we keep drinking milk because we don’t have symptoms of this intolerance.
Despite being a very whole and nutritious food, it contains no fiber, iron, or vitamin C.
It has also been linked to problems like gastric acidity, inflammatory diseases, anemia, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
There are some studies that imply that milk increases the risk of developing prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and lymphoma.
The more natural alternatives are vegetable milks made from oats, rice, buckwheat, almonds, etc. There is also lactose-free milk and milk of other animals, which are more digestible and less harmful.
We increasingly find ourselves eating refined foods, but we know that all those cereals that don’t contain fiber have lost a lot of nutritional value.
Refined flour, as opposed to whole flour, can cause constipation, increase fluid retention, and contribute to weight gain. It’s also a risk factor for colon cancer, because the colon needs a lot of fiber to stay healthy.
Also included here are not just cereals and flour, but any derivatives that are commonly found in our daily menu: pastas, breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, and more.
While butter is a natural food generated from cow’s milk and consumed throughout history, margarine is an artificial creation of the last few decades that’s based on vegetable oils of questionable quality. This is because they’ve been through several refining processes to obtain a solid texture, a lighter or yellowish color, to add flavor, and to preserve them. In addition, any vitamins margarine claims to contain have been added in artificially.
Margarine also has a lot more calories than butter and contains trans fats, which are highly damaging to the body and have even been linked to an elevated risk of heart disease. Although margarine doesn’t contain cholesterol because of its plant base, what is certain is that trans fats cause an increase in the levels of bad cholesterol in the body.