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Food to Avoid

Here are some foods that you as the consumer should be avoiding at all costs. These foods, given time can be detrimental to your health and will not promote weight loss.

Nestle Coffee-Mate Non-Dairy Creamer, French Vanilla Sugar Free

Non-dairy creamer is one of the worst ingredients you can add to your coffee. Many non-dairy creamers simply swap saturated fat for trans fat (check the label for “partially hydrogenated” oil). Numerous studies have found that trans fat increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by increasing LDL cholesterol, so much so that the FDA has banned “partially hydrogenated oil”.

Corn Syrup Solids is syrup (sugar) made from corn. On the label it says it contains a trivial amount. This is allowed by the FDA. Well, if you have more than 1 serving you are now consuming sugar from a Sugar Free product. So, really Nestle Coffee-Mate Non Dairy French Vanilla Sugar Free is not so sugar free. Studies have shown that consumers tend to over consume sugar free products because they think it is harmless.

Sodium Caseinate is a milk derivative. How can this product be labeled as non-dairy?

Natural and Artificial Flavors. "Natural and Artificial flavors play an interesting role in food. They're essentially providing the taste to food and often they're added to make the food more appealing, or to potentially replace something that's lost through processing, storage or in some cases from pasteurizing," says David Andrews, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group. The problem is we do not know what is in Natural and Artificial Flavors. It could contain 50-100 different kind of ingredients, chemicals and preservatives.

Bottom line, stop consuming this product unless you want to consume numerous chemicals, gain weight and increase your chances of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke and many more diseases.

 

Instead of this Coffee-Mate Non-Dairy Creamer, try a splash of vanilla almond milk!

 

Vitamin Water

Vitamin Water looks healthy to drink. But, the label tricks you. The nutrition information on the label is based on 1 serving size, but the bottle contains multiple servings. Each bottle contains 2.5 servings of the sugar-sweetened water, so a whole bottle delivers 33 grams of sugar (a can of Coke only has 6 more). That’s a lot of calories when plain water could do the trick.

 I also recommend ditching “fake sugars,” otherwise known as artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. These products may be low in calories, but they stimulate the brain into wanting more sweets. There is some evidence to suggest that these products may cause some serious side effects such as headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and even cancer.