Foods to Avoid at Restaurants That Can Potentially Kill You
Eating certain foods at a restaurant can be dangerous to your overall health, weight loss and fat loss goals. To know the types of foods that you should avoid while dining out will help you make healthier food choices and therefore reduce or even eliminate any potential harm that can be done to your well-being.
Below you’ll find the types of foods that you need to avoid and be aware of at any and all restaurants including:
- Fries, Chicken Tenders (Breaded) and Fried Fish.
- White Bread, White Rice and Pasta.
- Soda, Artificially Flavored Drinks and Sweet Tea.
Brief Description Of These Problematic Ingredients:
The items mentioned are not an exhaustive list of foods that are deep fried, are refined starches or processed sugars; however, by avoiding these types of foods while at restaurants you can avoid consuming problematic ingredients such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, Industrialized Trans Fats, Refined Vegetable Oils and Refined Starches.
High Fructose Corn Syrup in laymen’s terms is one type of sugar; now when sugar is consumed in the body through the blood stream in order to become either become energy for the body or potential (stored) energy known as “fat”. When sugar is consumed in quantities greater than the body can process efficiently and effectively this can ultimately lead to obesity, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease and insulin resistance.
Industrialized Trans Fat quite simply is vegetable oil that has hydrogen gas added to it; this addition of hydrogen allows the vegetable oil to become solid at room (ambient) temperature. This allows vegetable oil to “act-like” a saturated fat, whereby saturated fats are “naturally” solid at room temperatures. An example of this type of solidified “room temperature” oil would be margarine (sometimes referred to as butter) or shortening. The problem is that trans fats have a different chemical makeup that (in my opinion) should not be ingested within the body. In the body, trans fats increase the amount of “LDL” cholesterol, a.k.a., “bad cholesterol” within the body. This “bad cholesterol” is intended to carry cholesterol and other fats to the body’s cells to properly maintain the body’s functions, however, the over consumption of trans fats increases the amount of “LDL” within the arteries and veins. When the veins become overpopulated with “LDL”, blockages occur which reduce blood flow; this is the symptom seen in blood clots, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
Refined Vegetable Oils are oils extracted out of plants such as nuts, seeds, beans, corn, peanuts and grains through a chemical process that requires lots of heat, heavy pressure, bleaching, hexane, deodorization and more. The natural fats and minerals within this type of oil have been though so great of a chemical process that the oil becomes extremely unstable and prone to oxidation. This means that these refined oils can now become “free radicals” when they are exposed to certain amounts of oxygen, more heat or combined to other ingredients. “Free radicals” is just like it sounds, which are atoms that have gone rogue and intentionally change the normal cells within the body into cells that can become cancer causing and more or worse.
Refined Starches are wheat and grains where fiber and nutrients have been removed. When you see white bread, pasta, white rice, flour, many cereals and snacks you are most probably seeing a refined starch. Similarly to refined sugars, a refined starch is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream which stimulates insulin response. However, when refined starches are consumed in excess, overtime insulin response can diminish which can lead to type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes. Obesity and cancer have also been linked to over consuming refined starches as well.
Why Are These Ingredients Used In Our Foods If They Are So Harmful.
Refined sugars, starches, vegetable oils and industrialized trans fats are used because they are cheaper / easier / faster to manufacture than natural products and also help to maintain a prolonged shelf life for the food items that are made with these ingredients. Unfortunately, the very same ingredients used to provide some of the best tasting foods are cheap for the business, yet costly for the consumer.
What Are The Healthier Food Choices To Eat At A Restaurant?
Instead of getting the traditional sandwich or burger choose fish, grilled chicken breast or a steak. This will help you avoid both refined starch found in the breads of most sandwiches.
Instead of choosing fries, pasta or rice, substitute these items for steamed vegetables or a salad. Making this healthy substitution will help you to avoid trans fats, refined vegetable oils and refined starches.
Instead of choosing a soda, sweetened tea or other artificially flavored drinks, choose unsweetened tea or water. Selecting a healthier beverage will help you avoid consuming refined sugars.
Making these few changes while dining out at a restaurant not only reduces the amount of calories that you eat but also will reduce the amount of harmful foods you place into your body.
Can You Still Eat The “Not So Good” Foods In Moderation?
Currently, within a Westernized Diet, I don’t believe many people really understand what it means to “eat in moderation.” I see two problems when addressing this topic.
First, it is customary within a traditional westernized diet to consume foods beyond what the body needs and is even able to process efficiently.
Secondly, they type of foods consumed in a westernized diet contain trans fats, refined vegetable oil, refined sugars and refined starches.
When you take into consideration that a modern diet involves “overeating” “harmful ingredients”, the words, “Eat in moderation” doesn’t make sense. Even if you were to stop overeating, you could still be eating harmful foods, even though it is in moderation. If you want to be realistic about eating foods in moderation, then it would be best for you to pay attention to the “quantity” and “quality” of foods you consume especially when you dine out.
What Should You Do Now?
It is important that you understand what you put in your body when you dine out at a restaurant or within your own kitchen. It would be wise to educate yourself on foods that counteract the side affects caused by eating unhealthy foods such as weight gain, high blood pressure, high (bad) cholesterol, bad joints, aging of the skin and more.
The only concern most individuals have about changing their eating habits is the fear that they will have to abandon “good taste” for “healthy”. This fear couldn’t be further from the truth; there are many ways to have a diet that is tasty, delicious and healthy.
Mike Geary, a certified nutrition specialist and Catherine Ebeling (Nutrition Expert) are the authors for book, “101 Foods That Fight Aging.” In this book the authors educate their readers on foods, spices and herbs that are intended to keep your meals both tasty and healthy.
The foods that you eat will determine your how you look, feel and function. Whether you dine out or eat at home make healthy decisions that will help you look, feel and function your best.
Source by Steven Sloan