If you’re over 40, you might have noticed that you’re not able to eat or drink the things you used to. This is simply because you’re body isn’t as resilient as it used to be. As you age your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, prostate issues, cancer and diabetes increase. In fact, adults between the ages of 35 and 55 with moderately high cholesterol levels can have an increased chance of heart disease of up to 39 percent.
Bacon has been a favorite for years. Think: bacon burger, BLT, turkey wrapped in bacon, bacon bits, candied bacon. There is even bacon flavored ice cream.
Although it may taste good in just about anything, bacon and other cured meats are not particularly healthy – like, at all.
In fact, several studies, including this one from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, found that eating three slices of bacon a day could raise the risk of dying from heart disease by nearly a quarter. The same study also concluded that there were also dangers from consuming other processed/cured varieties like ham, sausages, bacon, frankfurters and salami.
You may have been able to hold your own in a round of shots in your 20’s and 30’s, and even make it to the gym the next morning for a round of circuit weight training. These days, however, you’re down for the count.
The fact of the matter is, alcohol, particularly cocktails contain more sugar than most drinks, which is gonna cause you to crash hard. And alcohol alone takes vitamin A from your body, which is an antioxidant that is crucial for cell renewal. And believe us, you will want your cells to renew in order to age gracefully.
3. Soda Pop
Well, if you thought that even if you gave up alcohol, then at least you could have your carbonated beverages, you should think again.
Soda is full of caffeine, refined sugar and fructose. Diet soda isn’t any better — in fact, it’s probably worse. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame have been said to cause symptoms including headache, dizziness, digestive issues, sleep problems, changes in mood, memory loss, Alzheimer disease, diabetes, among others. This is according to a 1995 list submitted to the FDA by the Department of Health and Human Services.
4. Fried food
Fried foods like breaded fried meat, French fries and chips are full of oils heated to extremely too high of temperatures that fill your arteries with goop you don’t need. In fact, eating fried foods is tied to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease according to research published in the Harvard School of Public Health.
But it isn’t just the obvious foods mentioned above. Even frying your otherwise healthy foods like vegetables or fish can negate any healthy quality, making them nearly devoid of nutrients. Again, the bread and oils may taste good to you, but that taste is at a high cost to your health.
The best way to get the most out of your vegetables is to enjoy them in a variety of ways — raw, steamed, boiled, baked and grilled.
While we’re on the topic of bread, why not include doughnuts on the list? After all, even though, they are bread-like, these round, glazed, frosted and even sugar-filled pastries should be in a category all their own.