With this revolutionary, but simple diet, you can lose up to half a kg a week, sometimes more. Thirty days or easy to prepare meals that you can prep from beforehand. To help you along, we have put together meal routines for 14 days along with some before and after showcasing just how effective this diet truly is!
Avocado Egg Toast
1 medium sized Orange
Clear vegetable soup
1 medium-sized Kiwi
1 piece poached salmon with ¾ cup cauliflower rice.
1 whole wheat tortilla and 1 cup vegetables.
1 medium sized cucumber.
½ cup white rice with 2 pieces fish/ chicken.
2 whole wheat tortillas with 2 pieces of fish/ chicken
Blend 1 cup frozen berries, ½ banana plus 8 ounces of low/ fat free milk to make a smoothie. Plus 1 hard-boiled egg.
1 cup of grapes
1 cup vegetable soup with 1 thin slice of wholegrain bread.
1 medium Kiwi
4 ounces of grilled chicken 2 cups of spinach ½ of a baked plain or sweet potato.
1 ½ of overnight oats (flavor with any fruit or berries of your choice)
1 medium- sized orange
Vegetable soup and 1 thin slice of wholegrain bread
2 medium kiwis
Zucchini noodles and chicken
Peanut butter spread thinly on a slice of wholegrain toast and 1 cup black coffee (no sugar).
1 medium kiwi
Chicken salad (contains shredded chicken, mayonnaise, grapes and Greek yoghurt).
1 cup Cheerios ½ cup berries 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
6 ounces unsweetened Greek yoghurt
1 veggie wrap (stuff 1 wholewheat tortilla with vegetables and top with mustard and mayonnaise)
1 medium apple
Clear vegetable soup
There are hundreds of other recipes for 1200 calorie meals that can help you continue the diet for 30 days. If you like the meal prep given above, switch around the days and continue it for another two weeks for optimum results.
One point to note, you will not lose any weight with just this diet. You will have to maintain a workout routine of at least 30 minutes every day, 5 days a week.
Below are a few before and after transformations of women who have tried the diet and have experienced the real progress time.
So, what are you waiting for? Start the lazy people’s 1200 calorie diet from tomorrow itself and observe outstanding results in no time!
There is no rhyme or set recipe for making a Halloween snack tray. Just grab a big tray and pile it up with your favorite Halloween candy and arrange them artfully to make the most creative and colorful Halloween snack trays.
9. Monster Pizza bites
Use this easy recipe to make some delicious pizza bites, then add some black olive eyes to turn them into monster pizza bites.
Also known as “The Day of the Dead” cookies. Buy yourself a set of skeleton cookie cutters and decorate the sugar cookies to look like colorful skulls. Use colorful icing to draw intricate-looking designs on your cookies.
Edible witches’ broomsticks are a great way to convince your kids to have some vegetables among the overload of sugar from Halloween candy. Cut some string cheese or carrots into lengthwise pieces and attach them to a pretzel stick with a chive.
Just melt some chocolate (could white, milk, or dark), then pour onto a baking sheet and spread out with a spatula. Add Halloween themed candies of your choice as toppings before the chocolate sets. Set in the refrigerator and voila, you have some Halloween themed chocolate bark!
22. Intestine bread
Artfully arrange some puff pastry to resemble icky intestines.
Use pretzel sticks to mimic a tree branch or sharpen and clean twigs for the same look before skewering your apples. Cover your apples with the perfect glossy mirror coating and serve up some delicious, pretty mirror glazed candy apples.
There are 135 countries around the world. Food is closely related to the cultural identities of all nations. Safe to say, food brings us closer together. And if you ever find yourself on a journey around the globe, here are the top 35 tastiest foods from all over the world.
1) Kacchi Biriyani, Bangladesh
Kacchi Biriyani is considered to be one of the finest delicacies in the country. With time, the dish has created an enormous fanbase in the country.
Biriyani came to Bangladesh in 1610 when Mughals declared Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh) as the provincial capital. When the Mughals came, they also brought their cooks who started cooking Biriyani. Through them, the culture spread throughout the capital and fused with the local cuisine, and the current flavor of Biriyani was created. Kacchi Biriyani is the most famous one among various types of Biriyanis. It is a dish mostly cooked with rice and mutton in a wholly covered pot. The covering stops the steam from going outside, and it helps make the dish tastier and more flavorful. It is now a staple for any occasion or celebration.
2) Dosa, India
Dosa is a thin and crispy roll made by frying a batter composed of fermented rice and lentil flour. Dosa’s are usually very long and extend out of the plates they are served in. This is one of its distinguishable features. Dosa originates from South India, and the typical side dish to accompany it is sambar and coconut chutney. However, there are many different versions of the classic dosa made to suit whoever is consuming it. For example, there is the Masal Dosa, which is a spicier version of the classical one. The side dishes offered with a Dosa also rang from plain potato curry to more sophisticated chicken curry. It is a dish that lights up your tastebuds and leaves you craving for more!
3) Poutine, Canada
Poutine may have originated in Quebec, but now it is widely known and enjoyed across all of Canada. The dish is made up of fries covered in a thick meaty gravy, and it’s delicious. Curdled cheese chunks are incorporated to make the dish cheesy and tangy.
4) Sushi, Japan
In its essence, sushi is just a roll made with rice soaked in sushi vinegar. In reality, it is so much more than that. Sushi-making is an art that takes years to master. There are many many different versions of sushi available. Each type of sushi contains a different kind of filling, such as salmon, tuna, avocado, mushrooms, or even tofu. Most sushi’s are rolled in seaweed while some are fried, others are served raw. The fish used as the filling is usually raw. However, don’t worry because they are typically cured in acidic solutions and are, therefore, edible.
5) Tacos, Mexico
The origin of tacos can be traced back to the 18th-century silver mines in Mexico. It’s delicious and spicy beef, pork, chicken, and sometimes fish wrapped in soft flour tortillas. The protein filling is usually accompanied by guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Tacos may originate from Mexico, different fusion versions of it are enjoyed worldwide.
People often mispronounce this world-famous dish. Pho consists of a combination of flavorful, rich broth, freshly cooked rice noodles, and some protein (such as chicken or beef). The dish is lush, fragrant, and delicious.
7) Turkish Delight, Turkey
If you are a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia and have watched the movie titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you know what I am talking about. The soft, chewy dessert is usually a pale pink color and flavored using rosewater. The delight cubes are dusted in cornstarch because they tend to be very sticky.
8) Croissant, France
A croissant is a classic French dish. It is a laminated baked good with butter rolled through its layers resulting in crispy, flaky pastry that is to die for. Various fillings are used to fill a croissant such as chocolate, pastry cream, jam, etc. You can even make yourself a savory breakfast croissant by filling it with crispy bacon and soft poached eggs. If you still haven’t tried out this French dish, then you are seriously missing out!
9) Lamington, Australia
Lamingtons are an important part of the Australian food cuisine. Lamingtons are just soft, spongy vanilla cake dipped in melted chocolate and coated in shredded coconut. Simple and delicious.
10) Hamburger, USA
Hamburgers may have originated in Germany, but it’s the USA that’s famous for them. There are multiple fast-food chains based in America that make some of the world’s tastiest hamburgers. When a patty and other fillings such as mayo, mustard, and tomatoes are squished together between two buns, you get a hamburger. The patty and accompanying fillings can be customized to suit your tastebuds. Burgers are incredibly satiating.
11) Paella, Spain
Paella is a seafood and rice dish famous in the Spanish locality. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times. The modern rendition of Paella includes both seafood and chicken cooked with rice over an open flame. However, the contents and cooking process of Paella varies depending on the cook.
12) Fish n’ Chips, United Kingdom
Fish n’ Chips is the ultimate pub food. The origins of this famously delicious dish may be slightly murky, but can mostly be traced back to 19th-century London. Soft fish coated in frothy beer batter and fried, accompanied by greasy, thick potato fries- sounds heavenly.
13) Pad Thai, Thailand
Pad Thai is Thailand’s national dish. The best pad Thai is cooked in a giant wok over an open fire. The dish is an integral part of Thai street food. Pad Thai has many variations, but it is rice noodles cooked with a fried egg, fish sauce, dried shrimps, tamarind paste, and red chili pepper in its core. The combination of spice, salt, sour and sweet results in a dish that lights up your tastebuds like nothing else.
14) Spicy Korean Fried Chicken, Korea
Chicken is coated in potato starch, double-fried, and covered in a spicy umami-rich sauce. You’d expect the sauce to penetrate the chicken and make it all soggy. Not! The crispiness of the chicken remains intact, and the whole dish is spicy and delicious.
15) Dim Sum, China
Dim sum’s history can be traced back to ancient Chinese teahouses. Dim sum is dumplings with different fillings (such as chicken, pork, beef, and even vegetables), steamed in bamboo containers. They are served in the bamboo steamers. The literal translation of dim sum is “touch the heart,” and this dish indeed does that.
16) Tagine, Morocco
Moroccan cuisine is colorful and diverse. Tagine is a sweet and spicy stew that is slow-cooked in a terracotta pot. The terracotta pot is known as a tagine, and that is where the dish derives its name from. Tagine is a staple food in Morocco and usually eaten with bread or rice. It is a mouthwatering combination of spices, herbs, vegetables, and protein.
17) Pizza, Italy
The Italians are known for their pizza and pasta. Pizza is just baked dough with various toppings ranging from chicken, beef, mushrooms, and even pineapple (slightly controversial, no?). However, no pizza is complete without the addition of cheese. Pizzas are the perfect party food, great for sharing with friends and family. It is filling, homey, and delicious.
18) Sauerbraten, Germany
The national dish of Germany is Sauerbraten. It is a pot roast made of beef. The origins of Sauerbraten can be traced back to the 9th century. Some scholars say that a gift of aromatic marinated beef sent by Julius Caesar is the inspiration for this dish. The meat is usually marinated for days in a mixture of vinegar, red wine, and water along with some aromatic herbs and spices. Sauerbraten is usually served with a side of vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.
19) Jerk Chicken, Jamaica
Jerk chicken is made by grilling of barbequing chicken marinated in allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. This results in a chicken that is tender with smoky, fiery flavors running through it.
20) Moussaka, Greece
Moussaka is layers upon layers of decadence and flavor. Smoky eggplant, tender ground meat, and potatoes all incorporated with a thick sauce- moussaka is an explosion of taste. It truly is one of the tastiest dishes around the world.
21) Jollof Rice, West Africa
Jollof rice is a one-pot dish that originates from multiple West African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, and Ghana. Each country has its method of preparing this spicy, smoky concoction. While Ghanaians prefer basmati rice over long-grain, Nigerians like to incorporate tomato sauce into their version. There is honestly no comparison between any of the variations. They all taste amazing in their own way.
22) Pierogi, Poland
Versions of pierogi can be found across the likes of Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. However, pierogi is an integral part of Polish cuisine. Pierogi can be both sweet and savory. The filling is wrapped in soft, thin dough, then fried or steamed. Popular fillings include a mixture of meat and onions, sweet curd cheese, or various berries.
23) Piri-Piri Chicken, Mozambique
That’s right, the famous Piri-Piri chicken from Nando’s. The tender chicken is cooked in garlic, lime, pepper, and special Piri-Piri sauce. The dish made famous by Nando’s originates from Mozambique. It is sweet, tangy, spicy, and super delightful.
24) Beef Rendang, Indonesia
Beef Rendang is famous in Indonesia. The curry is made by slow-cooking beef in garlic, onion paste, spicy red chilies, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and many other aromatics. The beef is combined with coconut milk, and the curry is cooked till the meat is tender and delicious.
25) Beef Stroganoff, Russia
The origins of Beef Stroganoff can be traced back to 19th century Russia. It consists of beef sautéed in mushrooms and sour cream sauce. While this is the traditional form of the dish, many variations exist, each more delicious than the other.
26) Ice- Cream, Global
Are you going through a breakup? Have some ice-cream. Just got a raise? Celebrate with some ice-cream. Ice-cream is always a go-to, regardless of the situation. Made from a base of creamy anglaise and hundreds of flavors available, ice-cream truly is one of the tastiest foods worldwide.
27) Raclette, Switzerland
Raclette is a cheesy potato dish made of, well, potatoes with a decadent cheese sauce made from Raclette cheese poured over it. The dish is usually served with pickled onions or ham and charcuterie.
28) Ceviche, Peru
Ceviche is so loved in Peru that the people have a day dedicated to celebrate it (28 June). Ceviche is just raw fish that has been marinated in lime juice with chili peppers, lime juice, oil, and salt. Side such as sweet corn, potatoes, and a cold beer usually accompanies it.
29) Plov, Uzbekistan
Plov has many different variations, but in its essence, it is long grain rice steamed with saffron with onions, carrots, and mutton or lamb. Richer versions have layers of meat, vegetables, dried fruits, herbs, and even fish incorporated through it.
30) Penang Assam Laksa, Malaysia
This Malaysian dish has poached mackerel combined with fresh noodles drenched in a bath of tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, and pineapple broth. Be careful when you try this dish, for it is known for being quite spicy.
31) Feijoada, Brazil
Feijoada may be popular across the world, but it is the national dish of Brazil. The traditional Brazilian version consists of pig trimmings (including the tail, tongue, ears, and snout) along with various aromatics that turn the pork into a steamy, spicy wonderful- smelling stew.
32) Moules frites, Belgium
Moules Frites are steamed mussels boiled in a broth that includes white wine, parsley, onions, cream, and butter. It is fresh, tangy, and utterly delicious.
33) Pastel de nata, Portugal
Most by-products are either unpleasant or unwanted. Pastel de nata is an example of a very wanted by-product. Legend has it ancient Portuguese monks and nuns would use egg whites to starch their clothes, and the leftover yolk went into making this decadent dessert.
34) Arepas, Venezuela
This Venezuelan classic is a combination of soft corn dough patty topped with different toppings- including cheese, chicken, pork, beef, tomato, or avocado. They say no one can make Arepas as delicious as a Venezuelan Abuelita.
35) Poke, Hawaii
Poke means “to slice” in Hawaiian. The delicious dish is made from diced raw fish and various other aromatics and fruits and vegetables.
The refrigerator is usually the go-to option for storing food. Just because it is the most apparent option doesn’t mean it is the right one. Here is a list of 35 food that should never be placed in the refrigerator.
Place your coffee beans in an airtight container in a clean, dry place at room temperature. Placing coffee in the refrigerator would cause moisture and smell from surrounding to leech in and ruin your beans.
2) Olive oil
Exposing olive oil to cold air will damage it. The oil will solidify at lower temperatures and form a butter-like texture, effectively ruining your oil.
Avocados remain fresh out of the fridge for about a week or so. Avocados will further ripen during this week. If you want to decelerate the ripening process, then you can place avocados in the fridge.
Bananas aren’t adapted to handle cold air. They are the fastest to ripen and spoil in the refrigerator. Moreover, refrigerating bananas causes it to lose many essential nutrients.
You shouldn’t place potatoes in the refrigerator. Potatoes don’t need it. Just store them in a cool, dry environment. Potatoes also need to be kept in the dark, or they’ll start germinating. So a relatively cool, dry cabinet is perfect.
Cold temperatures cause honey to crystalize and form solid chunks. Therefore, there is no point in storing honey in the refrigerator.
Temperature affects the composition and nutrients present in most vegetables. Eggplants are no different. The ideal temperature for storing eggplant is above 10 °C.
That’s right! As controversial as it sounds, chocolates shouldn’t be refrigerated. The cold environment and moisture in the refrigerator can alter the taste, texture, and chocolates’ color. Moreover, chocolates contain cocoa butter, which absorbs smells from its surroundings. Therefore the best way to store chocolate is inside an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Tomatoes shouldn’t be refrigerated. Ketchup’s main ingredient is tomato, along with flavoring and a lot of preservatives. These preservatives are enough to keep ketchup good outside of the fridge for long periods.
9) Peanut Butter
Colder temperatures will cause peanut butter to become chunky, which means you won’t be able to smoothly spread it on your bread.
Clinical research has shown that room temperature is better for storing melons, as opposed to refrigerating them. The cold temperatures may also cause melons to lose some of its vital antioxidants.
11) Soy Sauce
Soy sauce is very salty, and the high salt content makes it possible for it to be edible for up to six months without being refrigerated.
12) Dried Fruit
The ideal method of storing dry fruit is inside an airtight container in a cold, dry, and dark place (like a cabinet). Moisture in the refrigerator will ruin dried fruits.
Nuts contain essential oils and fats. Refrigerating them will cause nuts to lose these oils, and they will smell like other foods.
Pickles contain a lot of preservatives. These preservatives are enough to keep your Pickles from spoiling out of the fridge. Screw the lid on tightly, don’t use a dirty spoon to scoop out any Pickles, and check the use-by-date on the label, and you will be just fine!
15) Dried Spices
Dried spices are, well, dried. They don’t do too well with the moisture inside the refrigerator. Store your spices in a cupboard, and regularly check the use-by-date to make sure you don’t use old or expired spices.
16) Fresh Herbs
Certain herbs need to be stored in the refrigerator. However, this is not the case for basil, mint, coriander, dill, and parsley. If refrigerated, these herbs will become soggy and undesirable.
Peppers will lose their flavor and freshness if stored in a fridge. Just keep them in a dry area with plenty of fresh air and use them as quickly as possible after purchase.
The best way to store champagne is on its side, away from light and under consistent temperature. Keeping champagne in the fridge is a terrible idea because the constant temperature change when you open and close the fridge door will cause it to spoil.
Most citrus fruits, including oranges, should be kept out of the refrigerator. Their highly acidic nature and thick skin will cause the skin to become dull and lead to spot formation.
20) Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is a concentrated sugar solution. Which means it will be perfectly fine on your cupboard. Storing maple syrup in the fridge will cause the syrup to become stiff making the process of pouring it over your pancakes very difficult.
21) Hot Sauce
Hot sauces are usually packed full of vinegar, which prevents bacterial growth. Therefore, hot sauce will remain in perfect condition even out of the fridge.
22) Salad Dressing
Creamier, milk-based salad dressings should be refrigerated, but you can store vinegar-based or oil-based dressings in the cupboard for a couple of days.
The refrigerator’s cold air will cause tomatoes to lose its tangy flavor and form wrinkles on its skin. Moreover, the lower temperature will destroy the tomatoes’ internal membranes, causing a decline in its quality.
Fresh garlic (with its skin on) spoils quicker in the fridge due to added moisture. The ideal way to store garlic is in a dry place, away from light with good air circulation.
Exposure to cold air and excessive moisture makes onions soft and moldy. Just store unused onions in at room temperature. You can store onions in the fridge after being peeled and processed (sliced or pureed).
26) Evaporated Milk Cans
Evaporated milk is usually used for cooking purposes and doesn’t need to be kept cold like regular milk.
27) Freshly baked bread
Exposure to lower temperatures alters the structure of bread, making it taste stale and dated. Don’t bother refrigerating bread if you plan on eating it soon after purchase. However, you can freeze bread for long periods and pop it into the toaster to freshen it up when you eat.
Lower temperatures of the fridge slow down ripening. Therefore, like avocados, you should store unripe mangoes at room temperature.
An excellent way to store pastries is to wrap them in a paper bag and store at room temperature in a dry place. The best way to store pastries, is not to store them at all. Eat them freshly baked. The taste is incomparable.
Jam can be stored out of the fridge in a sterilized jar for up to 2 years. However, you should keep open jams in the refrigerator.
31) Old white wines
Chilled wine is the best kind of wine. However, refrigerating old and complex white wines such as Chardonnay isn’t an ideal option.
Pumpkins need to be exposed to sunlight so that they can be “cured.” This will keep them fresh and toughen their skin. After they have been cured, store pumpkins in a dark, dry place with good air circulation.
33) Butternut Squash
Uncut butternut squash shouldn’t be refrigerated. Instead, store it on a shelf or table at room temperature.
34) Chocolate spreads
Chocolate spreads, such as Nutella have one function- you spread them on bread. Storing chocolate spreads in the fridge causes them to solidify, and the process of spreading the chocolate becomes challenging.
Cold temperatures not only slow down the ripening process for peaches but also accelerated the spoiling process. Only refrigerate peaches when they are ripe enough to be eaten.
People sometimes think “dieting” is synonymous with starving. They assume that to reach that coveted weight goal, you need to starve your body and deprive it of nutrients.
1) Melon and watermelon
Both melons and watermelons are incredibly tasty, contain a lot of water, and is very fulfilling. Each slice of both fruits only has about 60-70 kcal. This means you can eat them all day long without worrying about it interfering with your weight loss.
Cucumber is one of the ultimate weight loss vegetables. 96% of it is water, and it contains potent antioxidants that help your body detox and naturally slims you down.
Cucumbers are also very fulfilling, so change out weight gaining, fatty foods for cucumbers.
Apples are the perfect “weight-loss” snack. An average-sized apple contains about 50 kcal. Besides this, they have a sweet fruity taste that makes you feel full, and they also improve digestion.
4) Healthy broth-based soups
Contrary to popular belief, soups can be very satiating despite its liquid nature. Start your day with a bowl of soup. This way, you will be consuming 20% fewer calories than your average breakfast while getting essential nutrients from the broth used to make the soup.
Oatmeal is a fibrous, nutrient-rich porridge-like meal that is usually eaten for breakfast. Its fibrous nature helps improve bowel movement and digestion. Oatmeal contains lesser calories per serving when compared to your average brand cereal. Moreover, oatmeal can be highly customized to your taste, and it is incredibly satiating.
Most fishes are full of Omega 3. Omega-3 helps us feel ‘full.’ Including fish in your diet, especially if you are trying to lose weight, is a good idea. Fishes are also a rich source of protein with little calorie content, which means you can eat ample amounts without worrying about your weight.
7) Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit are enriched with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is very good for preventing colds, improving digestion, and promoting weight loss.
Legumes are an excellent protein source for vegans and vegetarians. Peas, chickpeas, beans, and lentils are rich in fiber, proteins, and have low-calorie content.
Pineapples can divide fat and promote protein metabolism. They are also incredibly tasty and can be cooked, grilled, and even eaten raw.
10) Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
Boiled broccoli is the perfect side dish to a nice juicy steak or a piece of chicken.
Cauliflower is a multipurpose vegetable that can be cooked and enjoyed in many ways. It is a great vegan and vegetarian alternative to meat.
One serving of cabbage contains just 7 kcal.
Both cabbage and cauliflower have high iodine content, but both vegetables will be incapable of providing you with all the necessary nutrients.
Therefore, only incorporate cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli into your weight-loss regime as a side dish or something to make you feel full.
Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries are also rich in Vitamin C and help remove accumulated body toxins and promote better digestion.
12) Egg whites
You can eat boiled or fried egg whites all you want and not gain any weight. Egg whites are very satiating and have low-calorie content.
Almost all types of lettuces- including iceberg and romaine- only contain about 10-20 calories a serving. Lettuce is rich in nutrients. It contains vitamins A and C along with iron and folate.
Celery is comprised of 95% water. Celery also contains potassium, fiber folate and can provide you with 30% of your daily Vitamin K requirement.
All these health benefits are packed into just six calories a serving. So, you can enjoy a fair amount without worrying about weight gain! The only thing to note is to try eating fresh celeries. They tend to lose essential antioxidants within a week of purchase.
Kale is the best of both worlds. One bowl of Kale only contains 33 calories, whereas each serving contains about 2.5 grams of fiber and 3 grams of proteins. It also contains Omega 3 and different minerals. It is an all-round good food for losing weight.
Cancer is the abnormal growth and rapid replication of cells in your body. The causes and effective treatment of cancer have yet to be discovered. However, certain everyday foods that you probably consume daily have been linked to causing cancer. Here are 15 cancer-causing food that you are probably eating every day.
Before we get on to the article, there is a word that is repeated frequently throughout the writing- carcinogenic. Carcinogenic items or carcinogens can cause cancer
1) Ultra-processed foods
Ultra-processed foods” is a broad category of food and includes various items such as microwaveable meals, boxed mac n cheese, instant noodles, instant mashed potatoes (basically anything instant). They contain a plethora of different chemicals that help extend their shelf lives and give them that ‘instant’ effect. A lot of these chemicals are considered carcinogenic. If you have a craving for something, try making them home yourself.
2) Artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are a working alternative for people who love sweets but don’t want to account for the calories that come with eating sugar. However, artificial sweeteners are massively carcinogenic. Some brands and formulas (such as Saccharin and Cyclamate) have been so closely tied to cancer that the FDA has banned them.
3) Carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks are comprised of high levels of white sugar and other chemicals such as phosphates. They have no significant nutritional value and are a significant promoter of obesity.
Sodas also contain artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, and flavorings. All of these contain carcinogenic chemical compounds. Moreover, consuming sugary drinks increases your glucose and insulin levels, promoting tumor growth, and cell multiplication.
3) ‘Diet’ anything
While conventional sodas and carbonated drinks and soda pops are bad for your health and can cause cancer (as we discussed above), diet versions of these drinks are decidedly worse. Avoid eating ‘diet’ anything. Be it beverages or food.
A recent study review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) revealed that twenty different research studies show links between aspartame (one of the most common artificial sweeteners) cause a range of diseases, including congenital disabilities and cancer.
As discussed above, Splenda or sucralose, saccharin, and other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to cancer.
4) Canned food
Most food cans have a lining of bisphenol-a, or more commonly known as BPA. According to some research, BPA is capable of altering brain chemistry in rats. This has both the FDA and Health Canada extremely concerned.
Canned tomatoes or any type of canned food that is acidic is incredibly dangerous and can eventually lead to cancer. This is also why experts advise against cooking or baking tomatoes in aluminum foil. The combination of the acidic tomatoes, the heat, and the aluminum gives the tomatoes a weird taste and results in the formation of carcinogenic compounds.
5) Water or food stored in plastic containers for extended periods
Plastic is long polymers of different organic compounds. Some of these compounds can be carcinogenic. Storing food and water in plastic containers and bottles for long periods causes these chemicals to leech into your food.
Do not, under any circumstances, microwave your food in a plastic container. There is no such thing as “microwave-safe,” and just a little heat is needed to start the leaching process of harmful, toxic, carcinogenic chemicals into your food.
6) Processed meat
Processed meat includes many things starting from sausages to deli meat, frozen chicken nuggets, and beef jerky. All these meats have been processed to alter their taste, texture, and increase their shelf lives. The alteration processes include curing, smoking, dehydrating, and adding various salts and preservatives. These preservatives contain sodium nitrates and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other chemicals that are commonly known carcinogens.
A study conducted across ten countries, where experts reviewed over 800 case studies, showed that consuming 50 grams of processed meat daily increases colon cancer risk by 18%.
Alcohol is generally bad for your health- this is common knowledge. While alcohol is significantly damaging for your liver, long-term alcohol abuse can also cause breast, rectum, colon, larynx, mouth, and pharynx cancer.
Our body converts the alcohol we consume into a toxic compound called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehydes are known for being carcinogenic- they can damage our DNA and stop cell repair. Studies and research suggest that lesser the alcohol you consume, the lesser that chances of cancer.
8) Refined Sugars
Refined sugars are generally bad for your health. They may provide you with a sudden kick of energy when you need it, but it does a lot of damage to your body. Refined sugars are the leading cause of diabetes too. So if you have a family history of diabetes, cutting down sugar from an early age is a good idea. And if you already have diabetes, then sugars are just a big NO.
Besides this, refined sugar is known to spike insulin levels, which helps cancer cells multiply. ‘Refined sugar’ includes any Fructose-rich sugars such as corn syrup. Corn syrup is especially problematic and has been closely tied to cancer.
9) Farmed meat
Farmed animals- this includes cows, chickens, pigs, etc.- are usually fed antibiotics and various other medications, such as hormones to prevent diseases and maintain or increase weight.
These hormones and medications are not suitable for human consumption. Some research also suggests that long-term consumption of such meat can result in tumors. This is because most estrogen-based hormones are carcinogenic for humans.
Instead, try buying grass-fed or pasture-raised meat. Doing so will not only reduce your consumption of potentially cancer-causing hormones but reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides and toxins that build up in animal fat.
10) Microwaved popcorn
Popcorn is a quick and healthy snack. The store-bought aspect and the process of popping it in the microwave are what makes it unhealthy. The bags that microwavable popcorn comes in have a lining of PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid. Several studies have closed linked PFOA with kidney, bladder, testicular and pancreatic cancer.
11) Hydrogenated oils
What exactly are hydrogenated oils? A container of hydrogen gas is placed under a vat of oil, and under highly controlled conditions, hydrogen gas is slowly bubbled into the oil, thus, producing hydrogenated oil. Oils are made up of fats. There are two types of fats- saturated and unsaturated. The addition of the hydrogen oil converts the unsaturated fats into saturated ones. This conversion lengthens the shelf-life of the oils.
However, the side effects of this transformation on your body aren’t positive. Some of the unsaturated fats are also converted into trans-fats. Trans-fats, according to the FDA, are not suitable for consumption. Trans-fats increase cholesterol levels, result in the formation of atherosclerosis, other cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.
12) Potato chips
Potato chips are a go-to snack that is delicious, easily accessible, and cheap. Safe to say, almost everyone eats and loves potato chips. However, most potato chips in packets are produced in industries and contain artificial colors and flavors and several preservatives.
Potato chips are made at high temperatures, which results in Acrylamide forming. Acrylamide is a well-known carcinogen. Acrylamide can damage your DNA and result in numerous types of cancer.
If you crave potato chips, buy yourself some organic potatoes from your local grocery store and fry yourself some chips. This way, you can also avoid the harmful salts that are used in pre-packaged potato chips.
13) GMO fruits and vegetables
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. GMOs were first introduced in 1996. Tests and research have shown that GM vegetables fed to rats have resulted in shocking tumors and abnormal cell growth. When grocery shopping, ensure you are buying non-GMO, locally farmed produce.
14) Refined white flour
The process of ‘refining’ white flour includes the flour being treated with various chemicals. These chemical treatments form alloxan in the flour. Alloxan is a toxic diabetes-causing compound. Cancer cells are known to feed off high glucose and insulin levels. So by avoiding refined white flours and other highly processed starchy products, you can starve cancerous cells and prevent the growth of any deadly tumors. Refining white flour also results in the loss of many essential nutrients, and ‘bleaching’ white flour causes digestive problems.
15) “Unclean” Vegetables
All vegetables are sprayed with various pesticides and certain preservatives to ensure freshness and prevent insects from eating them. These chemicals are not suitable for human consumption and are carcinogenic in nature. Therefore, after you have bought vegetables from the grocery store, make sure to wash them under normal tap water at least twice before eating. Especially if you plan on eating the vegetables raw.