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World’s Most Unhealthiest Foods

The world has many unhealthy foods, some of the worst foods for your body are even hiding right in your home.

One of the world’s most unhealthy foods is coffee creamer. The thing is, there’s no cream. Many brands of coffee creamer are packed with trans fats, also known as partially cottonseed oil. Pretty much all of Nestle Coffee Mate products have cottonseed oil. A study in PLOS One showed cottonseed oil to diminish memory in adults under 45 years old. Consumption of this ingredient also increases your risk of heart disease. Alternatives like Hood’s Country Creamer and International Delight French Vanilla eschew the partially hydrogenated stuff, but still use more of the cottonseed oil. This can also can contain trans fats, but dodge FDA labeling laws.

Processed meats, mostly bacon and sausage, are other unhealthy foods in the world. They’re typically made from red meats high in saturated fats and contain high levels of glycation products. These are inflammatory compounds that are created when these processed meats are dried, smoked, and cooked at high temperatures. Meats can turn into carcinogenic nitrosamines when exposed to high heat, according to Meat Science. This typically means roasting your sausages on a grill and your bacon in a frying pan.

One liquid that is very unhealthy is fruit juice. There is 36 grams of sugar per cup or about what you’d get from whopping 4 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts into a blender. Although this sugar is natural, your body treats it the same way as any other sugar. What’s more, most of the sweetness in juice comes from fructose, a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose tissue in overweight people, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Another one is frosting. This is made with trans fats and chemicals. Many brand-name frostings, such as Duncan Hines’ Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla, are still made with trans fats in the form of partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils. And despite being white, many of these frostings are tinted with potentially carcinogen-contaminated dyes (such as a caramel color) and artificial colors. Lastly, the glycol in frosting recipes has been linked to poor kidney health by research in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

As “America’s #1 Crumb Crust,” Keebler Shortbread Ready Crust is still made with heart-harming trans fats in the form of partially hydrogenated soybean oil. And they’re not the only ones. You can also find it in Kraft Nabisco Nilla Pie Crust, Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crust, and even seemingly-healthy brands like Oronoque Orchards Deep Dish Pie Crust.

These are some of the worlds unhealthiest foods. There are many foods in the world that are considered to be unhealthy but these a examples of the top foods that are extremely unhealthy and can cause issues in your body if you eat to much. It is really important to take care of your body and this is why people should be more careful about what we are putting into our bodies. Eating food that is bad for you can cause serious health problems that can be avoided simply by eating healthier and taking care of your body.

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