Healthy Living How your craving for Western foods could be silently killing you

Doughnuts are made of white flour, a simple carbohydrate and contain lots of sugar;even the plain doughnuts are high in sugar.

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Food cravings are a serious uncontrollable habit which is gradually affecting our health.

The type of foods people crave are mostly varied, but they can easily be categorized under junk and sugary foods.

Hunger, stress, less sleep and lack of key food nutrients are some of the effects of giving into these random food cravings.

Here are five foods that are bad for your health.

1. Processed meat

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Processed meat

 

The American Institute for Cancer Research says meats preserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or that contain chemical preservatives, which are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. These products also tend to have lots of salt, fat, and cholesterol, and very few nutrients.

2. Margarine

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Margarine

 

Margarine is the ultimate source of trans fats, which actually elevate cholesterol and damage blood vessel walls, according to a report by the Natural Health Hub website.

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3. Doughnuts

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Doughnuts are worse than many other snacks in the market.

Even a single doughnut a day can lead to significant weight gain over time.  If you add a doughnut a day to your regular diet and don’t exercise the calories off or cut down on calories elsewhere, you will gain about one extra pound every 10 days.

4. Pre-cut and packaged veggies

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Pre cut veggies

 

Buying pre-cut frozen veggies is always convenient and speeds up the cooking process. But is it the healthiest choice? No.

Though pre-cut produce is certainly better than eating junk food, once fresh produce items are cut, they start to lose their nutritional value and flavor. You'll reap more health benefits if you buy fruits and vegetables whole and cut and slice them when you need them.

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5. Salads

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Salad.

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Salads are often viewed as health foods but they become unhealthy due to the dressings and highly processed cheese food substances used.

Toss salads with fresh, unprocessed ingredients to make salads the heart-healthy food they are meant to be.

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