UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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Some foods are waiting on supermarket shelves, hiding in refrigerators and, in some cases, disguising itself as good for you that you should be avoiding. These foods have no redeeming social value and can cause aging. To stay healthy, you need to look for the below ingredients of your favorite foods and remove them from your diet. Without them, you can significantly lower your chance of disease, avoid premature aging and even outlive your term life insurance policy.
Trans fat is terrible for you. It is most often found in cookies, crackers, chips and fried foods. What makes it so dangerous? Trans fat alters metabolic processes and increases the hardening (and thus aging) of your arteries. Studies show that the more trans fat a person eats, the faster the cardiovascular system ages. Be careful when looking for trans fat on food labels, since the label may not say trans fat. Avoid food that contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
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Unlike trans fat, which is created artificially, saturated fat occurs naturally. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Saturated fat ages your arteries by causing the buildup of fatty tissue on their inner linings. Found in red meats, full-fat dairy products, palm and coconut oils, saturated fat makes it easier for the level of bad cholesterol to rise in the bloodstream. Try to cut back on these foods for a healthier you.
There are two main types of sugars. There is sugar that occurs naturally in foods like milk, vegetables and fruits, and refined sugar, or pure sugar, which is added to foods for sweetness. Added sugar is any sugar that does not naturally occur in the food. Extra sugar causes the proteins in your body to be less functional and, as a result, directly ages your immune and arterial systems and even your joints.
A food is likely to be high in added sugar if one of the following substances is first or second in the list of ingredients:
- brown sugar
- corn sweetener
- fruit juice concentrate
- invert sugar
- raw sugar
- table sugar
Syrups such as corn, maple, malt and others are as bad for you as the other added sugars discussed above. High-fructose corn syrup is a man-made sugar that does the same things like sugar, including increasing the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Avoid added sugar whenever possible.
Any Grain Other Than Whole
Whole grains are grains that have not been stripped of their outer layers, the source of many vital nutrients, and haven’t been refined, which means they retain most of their vitamins and minerals. Whole grains contain a lot of fiber, which is important for preventing arterial aging and reducing the risk of cancer. The problem is that unless the bread or pasta you’re eating is made from 100 percent whole grain, it’s not much better for you than white flour products that have been stripped of the healthy outer shell and germ. When you eat products like bread and pasta made with enriched, bleached, unbleached, semolina or durum flour, your body quickly converts this carbohydrate to sugar in your bloodstream, and we’re back to the same health problems you get from consuming added sugars. Stick to whole grain for better health.
Remove the above ingredients from your diet, and you may just outlive your term life insurance policy. Talk to one of our agents today about which life insurance company is best for you and your lifestyle.