In this age of information, there is so much conflicting nutrition advise available for the discerning eater, ranging from the insane to sensible. There are those that forbid you from eating carbohydrates, others advise that you only eat vegetables, and then there is the one that made Forbes list of weird diets in 2010 – where people eat cotton balls to fill their stomachs so that they do not eat too much food.
1. Animal Fats:
Problem: Animal fat is mostly saturated fats and they are a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, raising the ‘bad’ cholesterol in your blood. High levels of cholesterol increases the risk of heart diseases and strokes. Instead of animal fats, we need essential fatty acids which we find in vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola oil, linseed oil, soya oil.
2. Fast Food fries:
Problem: The oil in used to cook fries in fast food restaurants is recycled releasing toxic substances that are not good for your health.
3. Processed Foods:
Problem: They lack nutrient density. This is because many vitamins and minerals are lost during the processing. We are also likely to over eat processed foods, like chips and cookies as they are not as filling as foods loaded with fibrous fruit and vegetables.
Problem: White meat is great source of protein, however the skin is unhealthy as is it contains high concentration of fat and cholesterol. Meaning if trying to avoid fat in your diet then skinless chicken will have to do.
5. Tea or Coffee after a meal:
Problem: Tea leaves are rich in tannins and coffee contains caffeine that inhibits iron absorption.
These are just 5! what are your nil-by-mouth?