Eating healthier foods can make a significant difference in critical health matters, such as weight management, reducing cholesterol and maintaining proper blood glucose levels. Recent studies indicate that several foods commonly found in western diets can have a detrimental effect on health and longevity. If you would like to improve your general health, both now and in the future, you should avoid these eight foods that are associated with a variety of medical problems.
Sugar adds calories to your daily diet, without providing any nutritional value. It increases fat storage in the body, which increases the risk for obesity. It also increases insulin resistance, which can lead to Type-2 diabetes. In addition, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests that a high-sugar diet increases your risk of death from heart disease. The study, which covered a 15-year period, found the individuals who consumed 25 percent or more sugar in their daily diets were twice as likely to die from heart disease than those who consumed 10 percent of less sugar in their diets. More importantly, the risk held true regardless of the person’s age, physical activity level, body mass index or age. The reasons behind these numbers aren’t well understood. It may be that consuming high amounts of sugar cause people to eat fewer fruits and vegetables, which can help heart health. It may also be that sugar causes the liver to release more harmful fats in to the bloodstream. Further research will tell more about the negative effects of sugar consumption, but for now, many studies indicate that people should be avoiding sugar as much as possible to ensure their good health.