We are what we eat so it’s vital that we make the right choices in our diet to enjoy optimum health.
Many of us already know what’s good for us but are unaware of an increasingly growing list of foods to avoid that can increase our life chances and longevity.
Stay healthy with a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats, and avoid those processed foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugar.
Here are 5 foods to avoid for optimum health – but remember, like everything, a little in moderation is fine.
1. Foods Heavy in Trans Fats or Hydrogenated Fats
Trans fats can be found at naturally low levels in some foods such as meat or dairy but artificial trans fats, created when oil is hydrogenated, are a concern when consumed regularly. Found mainly in baked goods such as biscuits and cakes and ready meals to give them a longer shelf life, trans fats can raise cholesterol and increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack. Check all labels carefully and make trans fat one of your foods to avoid.