Hey - stop right there - don't eat that snack until you've read this. I'm serious.
Here's an oxymoron for you - good food tastes bad, and bad food tastes good. OK, I'm generalising but you get my meaning. Carrots, broccoli, kale and All-Bran don't taste as nice as pizza, Twix and kebab van chips. It is unfair but that's life.
In the USA there are many foods to avoid, but here in the UK we have more stringent regulations. Perhaps it's safer here, or perhaps not…
No calories, woo! 700 times sweeter than natural sugar leading to cravings, misery and type two diabetes, no woo. Sweeteners are the work of the devil, Sepp Blatter eats these instead of Tic Tacs. They do you no good at all. Work at taking your hot drinks with no sugar or sweeteners - tea actually tastes good without any processed rubbish chucked in.
Regular consumption of MSG is linked to:
MSG is a flavour enhancer. It's in a whole lot of food, and certainly processed foods. If you want to avoid it, eat fresh.
Most people think that soya is a great health food beloved by vegetarians. Soya does have cholesterol lowering properties, it's low in fat and it's an excellent source of antioxidants. On the other hand it may interfere with sperm mobility.
Soya is not as easy to avoid as you'd think. It's used to bulk out processed foods, such as pork pies and mayonnaise. Animals are raised on soya, so chances are you eat it every day.
Water is good for you, but be aware that unless the label specifically states mineral or spring, then it's probably from the tap. Not only does this damage your wallet, it's also been sitting around in chemically built bottles for who knows how long. You wouldn't drink water in your home that had been sat on the table for a day, but you'd probably drink it from a supermarket bottle, wouldn't you?
If you regularly grab a coffee from Costa or Starbucks, you could be consuming an extra 400 calories and 15 spoons of sugar. You don't need me to tell you why that's bad.
It's skinner than real butter, but keep an eye on the label. Hydrogenated fats are full of trans-fats which are very bad for you. Some experts recommend eating real butter instead because, although it's full of saturated fats, there are no trans-fats.
As with everything in life moderation is the key. There is nothing wrong with eating or drinking the above on an occasional basis. But daily or weekly they can build up into a health problem. Fresh foods can taste great too; it's just a case of re-educating your taste buds. Go cold turkey on processed foods and pay attention to the flavour in your fruit instead.