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Red Meat

Most of us love to bite into a juicy hamburger every once in a while. However, research has shown that red meat, processed or unprocessed, links to various diseases and a higher mortality rate among its regular eaters. Specifically, red meat has been associated with an increase in certain cancers, higher levels of diabetes, and cardiovascular disease by a variety of sources. A recent UCLA study has even linked iron build up in the brain to Alzheimer’s Disease. What’s a food that is constantly cited by health professionals to be rich in iron? Exactly, Red meat. The American favorite has also been studied by many countries around the world regarding its relation to colon cancer. An English study had volunteers separate into three groups who would each follow a different diet. The diets ranged from vegetarian, a mix of a lot of dietary fiber and red meat, and a high amount of 14 ounces of red meat per day. The study concluded that those who ate the higher amount of red meat had an increased risk of colorectal cancer based off results from testing done to their colon cells. While there has been some buzz linking the usage of baking soda with cancer to cure the disease, it is not conclusive and its advised to still make efforts to lower one’s risk while still possible. If red meat can’t be avoided in totality, try to limit your amount to two 4 ounce servings per week at most of unprocessed red meat. Attempt to stay away from processed red meat altogether in the upcoming year.

Sugary Snacks

Sugary foods like doughnuts, cookies, and cake are another type of food to stay away from in 2017. Mainly, any foods with a high amount of added sugar should be avoided. One cause to give up the guilty pleasure is its link to tooth decay. We’ve all probably felt the pain of a cavity that needs to be filled. Diets high in added sugar can allow bacteria to grow and multiply in the mouth. Foods high in sugar can also lead to an increase in triglycerides. An excessive number of triglycerides, a type of fat located in fat tissue and the bloodstream, can lead to an increase in heart disease. Not to mention, indulging on sugary snacks often can lead to a diet lacking in nutrition and weight gain. People are naturally drawn to sweet foods and added sugar leads to a food becoming calorie dense. Eating large amount of sweets can not only lead to eating more empty calories than intended causing weight gain but can also take up room in one’s stomach for nutrient dense foods. To avoid eating sugary snacks in 2017, try eating a piece of fruit instead of a food full of added sugar.

Chips

We’ve probably all told ourselves we would eat just one or two chips, and ended up scarfing down the entire bag. While it’s difficult to stop eating chips once you start, there are good reasons to go into 2017 with the mindset to never start eating them again. Potato chips have been tested to contain high levels of acrylamide, a chemical that is speculated to possibly lead to an increased risk for cancer. Chips are also high in calories, yet low in nutrients. In addition, the salty snack is high in sodium and fat. Eating chips often can lead to weight gain and overall poor health. When you start craving them, try to eat nuts and seeds as a healthy substitute instead.

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