1. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils
Hydrogenated vegetable oils are more science experiment than they are food, in my opinion. The process of adding a hydrogen molecule to monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils requires a laundry list of chemicals, heavy metals, heat and processes that render the oil pretty well unrecognizable and toxic to your cells.
2. Processed Vegetable Oils
Mono and poly unsaturated fats like corn, canola and ‘vegetable’ oils have carbon molecules that do not have a hydrogen atom attached to them. This makes them readily available to react with other molecules in the environment like free radicals, light, heat and air. These oils are basically rancid by the time they hit the shelves because they are so vulnerable to being broken down — the process of extracting them from plants and getting them into the bottle is basically impossible without causing damage. These oils are chemically deodorized and treated so that they do not smell/look rancid, but they are.
3. Conventional Dairy Products
Conventional dairy cows are artificially impregnated for years at a time, in order to get them to produce milk – they are mammals like humans, meaning they only produce milk when they have a calf to feed. They are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and other medications to keep milk supply up and to help fight off illnesses and infections that they’re vulnerable to due to their conditions.
4. White Flour
White flour is absolutely nutritionally devoid – even if it has been enriched. The processing of white flour means that the germ and the bran have been removed, and all that is left is the endosperm. The nutrient-rich oils are located in the bran, and most vitamins and minerals are located in the germ. When these two things are processed out, you are essentially left with nothing but starch.
5. ‘Low fat’ Processed Foods
Whenever you see the words ‘low fat’ or ‘fat free’ on processed or packaged foods (this does NOT include naturally low fat foods like fruits and veggies) you can assume that the foods in question contain a plethora of chemicals, additives, and preservatives and have been through several stages of processing. These foods are essentially unrecognizable as food by your body, and will not help to give you a slimmer waistline. What they will do is force your body to work over time to process the chemicals and search for what little nutrition may be left inside that item. At the end of the day, these products are just not worthy of your body.
Aspartame is a known neurotoxin. This means it literally poisons your brain when you consume it. When it breaks down through heat it becomes ever more toxic, and most items that contain aspartame have been heated through cooking or improper storage. It is hidden in a wide range of foods – especially anything labeled ‘sugar free.’ Aspartame can bio-accumulate in your body and cause damage over time. The long and short of it is, never eat aspartame.
8. Deep Fried Foods
Oil that is heated to the temperatures needed for frying are essentially rancid oils. The high heat alters their chemical structure and denatures them. Combine this with the protein coagulation and nutrient denaturing of the actual food being fried, and you have a food-like substance that actually robs nutrients from your body instead of providing them. Fried foods honestly should never, ever be consumed. Fried foods contain fats known as Trans Fatty Acids, which we now understand are the fats that are most dangerous for your health. These fats are oxidized fat that literally cause cellular damage, and are the fats that lead to heart disease.