8 Foods to Avoid like the Plague


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.

  • Jim Setbacken

    I wonder how much common ‘knowledge’ will be very different from what we assume and accept today as truth. Much of what we thought was true and undeniable 20 years ago has gone full circle; now the opposite (or almost) is the truth about common things we gobble up. Meat is becoming an unfavorable choice to buy due to nutritional make up and resources used to have top sirloin and other choices ready for market.
    Years ago almost everyone knew that lean, red meat was a wiser choice than starchy pastas. Numbers are posted now showing it takes ‘X’ number bags of feed for each steer head to produce X number ounces of steak, etc. Use of land is also being analyzed. How efficient is it to allocate X number of acres required for each head of grazing sheep or cattle compared to using the same acreage to produce vegetables?
    In 15-20 years what will be the new, undeniable truths about foods we eat? Maybe icy root beer floats will finally get nods of approval. I think they’re long overdue.

  • Gustavo Woltmann

    This article makes some good points, but moderation is key in everything. All of these options are fine in small amounts, provided you make the right choices the other 90% of the time.