©2018 by Emily Ranucci

  • Emily Ranucci, MS, RD

5 Foods That Need To Go

Updated: Nov 29, 2018

I am usually an advocate of adding beneficial foods to the diet, rather than taking foods away, but there are a few foods in the American supply that should always be on display with a red flag. These foods I am talking about are linked to chronic disease and just aren’t worth the damage.

1. GMO Corn and Soy

Genetic Modification is a procedure where scientists take a desirable gene, and insert it directly into the DNA of a crop. Higher yields, insect and virus resistance, and the perfect plump product. The direct impact on human health remains controversial, however I urge skepticism on this one. Improved agriculture productivity and food industry advancement have turned into a war for our health in many cases. In addition, corn and soy is in an alarming amount of packaged foods with other additives, artificial ingredients and so on. Corn and soy are cheap to mass produce. That’s the bottom line. Check out your ingredient labels and focus on those whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible!

2. Refined Oils

3. Processed Meats

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Take some conventionally raised meat, process it with additives and chemical preservative, then heat and serve. Oy vey. The damage that this can do within in the human body is no good. These meats have shown to be linked to many chronic diseases including cancer and heart disease. This goes for bacon, ham, sausage, deli meats, hot dogs, and any other meats that have been cured, salted, dried or canned. Always go for the whole, unprocessed animal, and opt for grass fed beef, free range chicken and wild caught fish whenever possible.

4. Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Source: Boston Public Health Commission

5. Artificial Sweeteners

The moral of the story: make the majority of the foods you eat quality, whole, and unprocessed and the above 5 offenders won’t be an issue. Make this a priority and you will be well on your way to optimizing your body with nutrition.

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