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The black list: the 20 most dangerous food

The contents

  • Vegetable and fruit chips
  • Store-bought sprouts
  • Muesli
  • Powdered milk and tea bags cream
  • Energy drinks
  • Meat products
  • Vitamins in the form of jelly candies
  • Margarine
  • Instant noodles
  • Charred meat
  • Pangasius
  • Baby cereal
  • White chocolate
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Purchase smoothies and yogurt
  • Bacon
  • Fast food

Dreaming about a slim figure, good health and Wellness — revise your menu! Scientists have identified the 20 worst foods that are guaranteed to lead to problems with weight, malfunctions of the body and can even affect the health of descendants. Eliminate them from the menu and your life will be better tomorrow!

Vegetable and fruit chips

Considered them useful, and some species — even diet. Losing weight like chips of red beet, and children — thin banana discs. But the method of making chips kills all the beneficial properties of vegetables and fruits. Store-bought chips are fried in plenty of oil, and for hruskoci dipped in sauces with spices and seasonings, or in a sugar syrup. In the end, the resulting dish contains fats, flavor enhancers, and unhealthy additives.

Store-bought sprouts

At first glance, a very valuable product in fact is the source of mass poisoning. Over the last 20 years in the US, where sprouts of beans, broccoli, alfalfa and peas is very popular, there were 55 outbreaks of foodborne illness, affecting more than 15 thousand people. For seeds to germinate, it creates a moist warm environment which is ideal for bacteria. Most often, the germs find Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria.


Most importantly, what attracts this product is the pleasant sweetness and a healthy positioning. Manufacturers offer a snacking granola, to “recharge”, giving it the title of the most valuable dietary product. In reality, they contain a high concentration of vegetable fat, additives, flavor enhancers, and a few really useful toppings — nuts, cereal and dried fruit.

Powdered milk and tea bags cream

Most often these products are only distantly related to milk. So, fake cream is prepared on the basis of unpronounceable ingredients. Their composition is mandatory including hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors, corn syrup with high doses of fructose. Such supplements not only enrich the taste of coffee and tea, but bring harm to health.

Energy drinks

To this product was sweet and pleasant to the taste, manufacturers are preparing it on the basis of corn syrup with high fructose. Scientists have linked this ingredient with weight gain and early onset of menstruation in girls. In addition, the high dose of caffeine has a negative impact on well-being, is fraught with the violation of sleep and wakefulness.

Meat products

Almost all meat products in the store fraught with danger for the body. First and foremost we are talking about sausages, sausages, dumplings, meatballs and canned foods. In addition to the presented products, a tiny amount of meat, it is full of “chemistry” — preservatives, flavor enhancers, artificial dyes and harmful fats that increase cholesterol in the body, the development of heart disease and cause obesity. Another marker of damage of such products, as excessive salt content.

Vitamins in the form of jelly candies

Candy love and children, and parents. They are delicious and healthy — convinces. However, studies have shown that most of these vitamin supplements contain artificial food colorings and flavorings, to 3 g of sugar per serving, jelatinizirovanny corn starch. All of the above has nothing to do with a healthy diet. And food dyes have been linked with hyperactivity in children and cancer in experimental animals. So, it is proved that red dye causes cancer in laboratory rats.


Some people consider it “safe” alternative to the “very high calorie” butter. In fact, this food is nutritional garbage. The basis of margarine, there is no one useful ingredient. It is prepared from vegetable fats, often derived from genetically modified soya, emulsifiers and thickeners as well as water. Contained in the composition of margarine and TRANS fats.

Instant noodles

Not so dangerous itself noodles, like vegetable oil (often canola) and its complementary spices. Researchers from Baylor University found that people who consume noodles more than twice a week increases the risk of developing cardiometabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Charred meat

Kebab with crispy crust is not only delicious, but also dangerous. In the process of cooking at very high temperatures, in the meat-formed carcinogens — heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Therefore, this diet is very dangerous.


In the United States and in many countries of Europe pangasius illegal to sell. Extremely low quality of this fish and a serious threat to human health have forced the regulatory authorities to go to extreme measures. Pangasius is grown in Vietnam, in the Mekong river — one of the most polluted rivers of the planet, where merge of untreated water from sewers and factories. To increase the population of fish use growth hormones and antibiotics. To check the fish contains high levels of heavy metals and chemicals, it also find E. coli and Listeria.

Baby cereal

Most products on supermarket shelves, contains up to 10 kinds of hidden sugars — say studies. It is as refined in its pure form, and sugar substitutes are natural and artificial origin. A special danger is posed by artificial sweeteners. Researchers from the University of Texas found that mice that were fed aspartame were higher levels of blood sugar. In addition, laboratory animals had a craving for overeating.

White chocolate

The most useful is bitter dark chocolate — I assure you, doctors and scientists. While more and more experts have come to believe that white chocolate is an unhealthy food product. In this insignificant amount of nutrients and no cocoa.

Doctor of medical Sciences, drew Ramsey says that cocoa has amazing properties: “In many ways they are related to the content of phytonutrients that stimulate blood flow to the brain cells, protect blood vessels, increase concentration and improve mood. White chocolate is just not enough”.

Soy protein isolate

Studies show that this ingredient increases the risk of cancer and can also lead to infertility in women. Moreover, the consumption of genetically modified soybeans Norwegian scientists associated with the content of glyphosphate a herbicide used for weed control. In turn, it can lead to allergic rhinitis, kidney disease, breast cancer, hypothyroidism and asthma.

Purchase smoothies and yogurt

Even healthy foods can be easily turn into harmful if they are produced on an industrial scale. Manufacturers usually add sugar and aromatic additives. The researchers calculated that one serving of yogurt or a smoothie (200 ml) can contain up to 25 grams of sugar! If such drinks to consume often, this will lead to diabetes mellitus.


In 2015 year , the world health organization announced that the regular consumption of processed red meat contributes to cancer. In the list of provocateurs were meat products made of beef, veal, pork and lamb.

First of all we are talking about bacon, steaks, chops and ham. Their use should be excluded from the diet or reduced to a minimum. Doctor of medical Sciences John McDougall suggest to pay attention to useful sources of protein — legumes, as well as to eat more wholesome food — fresh vegetables and fruits.

Fast food

In the homeland of fast food in the United States, heart disease is one of the most common causes of death. Scientists see the root of all evil in processed food — especially in fast food. The latter contains TRANS fats, monosodium glutamate and artificial food additives. The average muffin purchased in fast food chains can share 15 grams of fat! Scientists say that if 3% of the caloric content of the daily diet of a person falls on TRANS fats, raising the risk of heart disease by as much as 23%.

Expert commentary

Sofya Olegovna Eliashevich, therapist, nutritionist fsbi “SMRC preventive medicine”

— What to eat to be healthy?

The topic of proper nutrition are very popular today. Nutrition are covered in the media, people in the quest to be healthier, look younger and more attractive also interested in this. And the reason for this increased interest is very serious: around the world, including Russia, the prevalence of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes type II diabetes has become an epidemic. The reason, according to a large-scale epidemiological studies, is simple — poor diet.

Some current eating habits are able to exert pathological influence on all our lives in the future. Early dietitians were mainly engaged in correction of diet in patients with obesity, gastro-intestinal diseases, it is now increasingly typical patient is a man of 30-40 years with a desire to eat right in order to avoid the development of obesity and comorbidities.

Caught this trend and business. Many restaurants and services deliveries of food are positioning themselves as places where you can order and get the right from the point of view of dietetics food. But everything needs to be tested. You can’t single out any of the reference institutions where the kitchen is as close to the principles of proper nutrition. In some places really strive to make the menu more healthy, somewhere on the contrary, away from him and “throw dust in the eyes”. So you need to have sufficient knowledge about what to fill your plate during the day to not feel hungry, to ensure intake of sufficient amount of nutrients and not to harm health.

There is a widespread belief that proper nutrition can be maintained solely by a food home cooking. With our hectic lives we can’t always afford it. It is likely that our lunch will be prepared by the efforts of the chef. Another thing that you choose for dinner: mashed potatoes with hamburger or steamed vegetables with a baked fish…

We are often asked, proper nutrition is diet or something else. We avoid the term “diet” because it is in the human mind obviously is associated with something short and brief. Proper nutrition is really a broader and, so to speak, a long-term concept. It is a system of rational of a balanced diet, which you need to learn and implement in their daily lives for years to come.

Proper diet, like other diets cannot be recommended to everyone, because a personalized approach determines the success of our ongoing activities in the field of nutrition. Sometimes you have to make adjustments in the diet depending on the goals and related diseases in the individual patient.

In General, nutrition should be balanced for the main macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals). Through the rational choice of food (quality + quantity), and time of their use during the day is the balance of metabolism that contributes to the prevention of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, and hence prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes of the second type.

In order to make your system the correct nutrition, you need to abandon unprofitable products. And, conversely, to add in your diet the right foods. So, it Should abandon the products of processed meat (sausage, ham, sausage, etc.), refined carbohydrates and pastries industrial production, reduce the consumption of cheese and products preservation (high salt content). On the other hand, the diet should be rich in protein with high biological value (eggs, curd, meat and fish), vegetables and fruit.

It would seem that everything is simple. But often after attempts of self-education and reading information on forums and social networks to me, people come with already formed ideas about healthy eating: “I already know everything, so we’ll see, doctor, what are you gonna give me”. This is a hard fight.

One of the most common myths is the idea of not eating after six. No scientific study, this idea is not. It is important to eat four hours before bedtime. But if we eat dinner before six in the evening, and the next meal about seven or eight in the morning, a break is obtained more than 12 hours. This diet is considered a starvation diet. On our health such pauses have a negative impact. And if people follow this idea for a long time, they still will not last, will certainly come the moment of failure, and then instead of the normal saturation is gluttony.

Another well-known myth — you should drink per day two to three liters of water. Moreover, it is believed that it have to be pure water, not juice, not tea and soup in any case. This idea is especially popular among people with overweight. They try their hunger “drink” and I think that for them these required three liters — the most it. Some even pour it in bottles of three liters of water, not to forget to drink it. Meanwhile it is known that excess water in the body prevents oxidation of fats. From a scientific point of view, the minimum amount of water that needs to consume a middle-aged man with moderate physical activity — about one and a half liters per day. And no matter what the form of this fluid will flow.

Another of the myths — you can’t wash down food with water and drinking tea or coffee just after meal. C a scientific point of view, this opinion is not justified, there is no “erosion of gastric juice” or indigestion occurs.

Expert commentary

Anna Albrecht, a specialist in nutrition, model

Proper nutrition is the first step towards a healthier life, great shape and perfect weight. Despite the fact that people care about what they eat today are increasing, the number is clearly harmful and dangerous products on the table is growing every day. What to avoid in the first place?

  • Sweet drinks

Together with a bottle of fizzy drink you drink huge amounts of sugar, caffeine, preservatives, dyes and other harmful substances.

  • TRANS fats

In 2015 in the US, TRANS fats have been declared unsafe and banned for use. All because the nutritional value in them no, but harm from them is obvious: they affect the synthesis of hormones in the body, leading to obesity, metabolic disorder, cardiovascular diseases. To the products containing this harmful component, are prepared food, margarine, chips, popcorn and so on.

  • Fast food

Fast food contains a whole spectrum of harmful substances from the list above, and even more: in its preparation are used transfats, sugar, monosodium glutamate, preservatives, carcinogens. In addition, fast food is extremely high in calories for one meal you can exceed the daily intake of calories, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.

  • Frozen meals

Frozen meals almost always lose their useful properties, some of them may even be oxidized. In addition, the conditions of storage and transportation of such products is very often not met and in the end you get several times thawed product is not fresh.

  • Mayonnaise and ketchup

These products are also full of TRANS fats and various preservatives and stabilizers of taste. They harm the cardiovascular system that can lead to the development of atherosclerosis and hypertension.

  • Alcohol

About the dangers of alcohol not only for health but also for other aspects of human life, has been said a lot. Alcohol has devastating effects on the human nervous system, causes psychological dependence, deprives social skills. In addition, alcohol is extremely harmful to the digestive system.

  • Monosodium glutamate

Monosodium glutamate is a flavor enhancer, which is indicated in the composition of products and dishes as E-621. It creates the illusion of a pleasant taste the products, and in the future, according to experts, can cause these products to harm your health.


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