10 Foods Wrecking Your Body Temple

Don't poison your most important asset: your body.

November 6, 2015
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Protect Your Temple

Food is definitely medicine, so long as it is the proper type of food—natural and organic, preferably. But as I outline in Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth, there are other foods that are, by their very nature, toxic, which means that they can cause harm in any quantity (but especially if consumed too frequently).

Protect your body by avoiding the 10 toxic foods on following hit list. Some on the list may surprise you!

MORE: Experience Dr. Sinatra and Tommy Rosa’s secrets for everlasting health in their Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth self-paced online video course. Use code HEAVEN20 to get 20% off.

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Trans Fats

Trans fats are linked to oxidative damage of cell membranes, inflammation, and heart problems. They are believed to contribute to diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disease, tendon and bone degeneration, and fertility and growth problems. 

Food processors love these harmful, man-made partially hydrogenated fats because they prolong the shelf life of foods. Watch out for these industrialized fats in margarine; most packaged baked goods; fried snacks; frozen products such as fish sticks, french fries, and pizza; microwave popcorn; commercial salad dressings; and pancake mixes.    

Avoid hydrogenated oils by checking a product's ingredients list. Don't rely only on "trans fat free" labels.

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Cooked Meat

Cooking meat at high temperature, such as pan frying or grilling over an open flame, can form chemicals that may increase your cancer risk. The chemicals are called heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and they form when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry, is cooked. 

Continuously turning meat over a high heat source can substantially reduce such formation. Precooking in the oven, using thinner cuts that requiring less cooking, and, in general, avoiding prolonged cooking times are also helpful habits for keeping meat clean of these.

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Added Sugar & High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Excess sugar is the foremost enemy of cardiovascular health because it generates chronic, immune-destroying inflammation in the body; promotes weight gain and diabetes; and accelerates the aging process. A groundbreaking study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded, for the first time on a national level, that a high intake of sugar actually doubles the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease!

The study also confirmed the danger of overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, noting that seven servings a week—the equivalent of one 12-ounce can of soda a day—is specifically linked to risk of death from heart disease. 

Sugar intake has also been linked to cancer. Cancer cells have a different metabolism than normal cells and thrive on sugar. This understanding was first brought to public attention in the 1920s by the research of Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg.

Begin by cutting out one serving of food containing added sugar per day. This might include the obvious: ditching the sugar in your coffee or tea, that morning doughnut, that daily hamburger bun or plate of pasta, the dinner rolls from the restaurant bread basket, or a daily can of soda, to name just a few items. Avoid natural sweeteners, like agave, too. And be sure to avoid artificial sweeteners. (Check out these 19 ways to ditch sugar.)

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Processed Meats

Consumption of sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats, which are usually processed with nitrates, is associated with higher colon cancer risk. Eat these foods only in moderation, and be sure to accompany them with plenty of fiber-filled fruits and veggies.

Learn more about nurturing your mind, body, and spirit in Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth.

 
 
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Contaminated Fish

Mercury is a nasty environmental toxin produced by coal-burning power plants. It progressively infiltrates our marine food supply through rain. Mercury, along with other toxic metals such as cadmium and lead, can also poison bodily enzyme systems, as well as the mitochondria. These metals can cause blood vessel damage and contribute to hypertension, arterial disease, and heart attacks, as well as developmental disorders in fetuses and young children.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges fishermen to pay attention to local advisories on mercury in fish in streams, rivers, and lakes. But the agency also recommends that consumers avoid the fish highest in mercury: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel. White albacore should be limited to no more than six ounces a week.

More: The Seafood You Should (and Shouldn't) Eat

Because fish contains important nutrients and healthy fats for fetuses and young children, choose it discerningly and strive for two or three servings a month. Select from among types lower in mercury, such as wild-caught Alaskan salmon and sardines.

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Sodium-Loaded Foods

Deep-fried foods, dehydrated soup, dill pickles and olives, and even "health" fast foods, such as flame-broiled chicken, are generally loaded with excessive sodium that can trigger high blood pressure. (In fact, when Harvard Medical School scientists tracked sodium intake and blood pressure numbers of 8,208 people for six years, they concluded in 2012 that a high-salt diet is responsible for up to 40 percent of high blood pressure cases in America.)

Watch out for these other surprisingly salty foods.

More: How Salt Helps (and Destroys) Your Health

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Veal

Veal comes from young cows animals and is known as a highly inflammatory meat. It generally contains higher levels of inflammation-promoting fats and lower levels of healthier fats and other nutrients, so it should be avoided.  

If you still want to eat other types of meat, always look for organic, grass-fed products for the highest levels of healthy fats. 

 
 
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Sherbet

A lot of people believe sherbet is healthier than regular ice cream. Not necessarily. If you must eat frozen desserts every so often, go with a gourmet ice cream (one not containing high-fructose corn syrup) over sherbet. Sherbet is pure sugar, whereas ice cream contains some fat and protein, both of which will help assuage sugar and insulin spikes.

More: A Healthier Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

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Deep-Fried Foods

The oils in fried foods are inflammatory. Many foods are fried in vegetable oil containing corn and soy. Refined fats like these can change the structure of your cell walls and scatter normal hormonal responses, setting you up for weight gain. A diet rich in fried foods also makes you more prone to depression. 

Try cooking your food without oil, then add organic olive oil for flavor after cooking. 

More: 4 No-Fry Versions of Your Favorite Fried Foods

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White Flour Foods

It's not just straight-up added sugars that can dangerously spike your blood sugar levels. Many people worsen the problem by also consuming large servings of carbohydrates throughout the day, such as sweets, bagels, snack foods, pasta, alcohol, and grain-heavy meals.

A high-carbohydrate diet, compounded with sweet drinks and junk food, can easily burden your body with a potentially dangerous sugar load.

MORE: Experience Dr. Sinatra and Tommy Rosa’s secrets for everlasting health in their Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth self-paced online video course. Use code HEAVEN20 to get 20% off.

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