If any of the following applies to you, you should invest in more healthy foods.
You’re Overweight – The typical American diet consists of a lot more fast food, sugar and processed foods than it should. These foods typically contain high amounts of saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, and many more calories than most people should consume in one meal. A 2008 Harvard review of 16 studies reported by PubMed concluded that fast food consumption may be worsening America’s obesity epidemic. Sweet foods and sweetened drinks are also high in sugar that can pack on pounds. A separate review of 30 studies published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in 2006 concluded that high consumption of sugary drinks contributes to weight gain and obesity.
You are Pre-Diabetic or Have Diabetes – The excessive amounts of sodium in many of our processed foods can lead to elevated blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A diet high in saturated fat and trans fats also increases the risk of these diseases by clogging the arteries. A study published in the journal, Physiology & Behavior, in 2010 reported that large epidemiology studies show an association between the sugar-sweetened beverages sold at many fast food establishments and the risk of Type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease.
You Have Bad Teeth – The sugar in sweets and sweetened beverages encourages bacteria to produce acid that eats away at tooth enamel, eventually leading to tooth decay. Every time bacteria comes in contact with sugar or starch in the mouth, acid is produced that attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more, according to the American Dental Association. Some soft drinks contain a whopping 11 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving. The ADA recommends limiting sweets and sugary drinks, brushing twice a day, flossing once daily and having regular dental checkups.
You’re Stressed Out – Studies have shown that foods high in fat can increase stress levels. Certain foods and drinks can act as powerful stimulants to the body causing your stress levels to rise. Caffeine is obvious. But processed foods often contain synthetic additives and preservatives that can increase stress as well. It is important to invest in healthy foods to alleviate the stress.