Here's some intelligence for your diet. The 5 worst things you can eat:
- Skip the hydrogenated fats - the man-made fats used in bakery items and stick margarine. Start reading labels, and if the nutrition panel says "trans fat" or "partially hydrogenated" oil - don't buy it. It raises your risk of heart disease.
- Nitrates. That's a preservative found in cured meats, like bacon and hot dogs. But in some cases, in your stomach it can turn into nitrosamine, a powerful cancer-causing chemical. If you can't find nitrate-free bacon, drink a glass of orange juice with breakfast. Vitamin C slows down the creation of nitrosamine in your stomach.
- Saturated animal fats. Cut back on fatty meats, like beef, pork, and poultry skin, and full-fat dairy products, like cheese, milk and cream. They clog your arteries and raise your bad cholesterol levels.
- High-fat snacks and chips. Most adults get way too much omega-6 fat in their diets from processed vegetable oils. So, what does omega-6 fat do? Raises your blood pressure and clogs your arteries.
* Skip the liquid meals, like SlimFast. They're not necessarily bad for you, but they keep you from eating whole, natural foods that contain more nutrients, fiber and disease-fighting chemicals.
**To recap: avoid unhealthy ingredients, like trans fats, nitrates, saturated animal fats, liquid meals, and high-fat snacks and chips. And eat plenty of healthy-for-you foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. And you'll be thinner and healthier before you know it.**