Here is a list of the top 10 unhealthy foods that are often looked over or misunderstood to be “very” healthy. Understandably some of these are most surprising so we’ve added some good alternatives for you to try.
If you’re staring at the screen with your mouth wide open in shock, you’re not alone. While cereals may tout their “whole grain” benefits, they’re crammed refined salt and sugar, and usually devoid of many essential nutrients. As a general diet rule, avoid anything that is pre-packaged, processed or contains added sugar — these are a no no. Homemade breakfast smoothies (chockfull of veggies and fruits), eggs, fruit, homemade natural oatmeal are all examples of hearty, healthy breakfast choices.
Margarine manufacturers may claim that their product is virtually cholesterol free, and subsequently get away with it with ingenious product labeling techniques, but that definitely does not change the fact that margarine is detrimental to health. Margarine is vegetable oils that have been processed to create a spreadable, cheaper butter-like substance, but don’t be fooled — it’s full of trans fats and other harmful additives. Trans fat affects raising your cholesterol and damages the lining of the arteries. If you must have that buttery goodness, go for the real thing or ghee; better yet, use heart-healthy fats like olive oil as a substitute. Have you ever had extra-virgin olive oil drizzled on toast with salt and pepper? It’s delicious!
Found in vegetarian non meats and processed products, soy protein is considered as a suitable alternative to eating meat without depriving the body of essential nutrients. However, health consultants worry that soy protein is a processed food, and the intense processing procedures all but eliminate all of the useful proteins that your body needs. The more processed a food is, the least likely it is to do a body good, so keep your soy protein to a minimum.
We all love them, but they’re on this list for a reason. Potato crisps are prepared in extremely hot oil, which encourages the formation of toxic compounds. Some crisps, tested by the World Health Organization, were found to contain elevated levels of acrylamide, a cancer causing agent! And here’s something that will really put you off crisps for good: the oil used for cooking is re-filtered and reused numerous times before it is finally thrown out. If you’ve got a hankering for chips, break out the mandolin and bake or fry up some thinly sliced potatoes at home.
Yes, believe it or not, the same food items that promise to help you slim down are the very ones that keep the scale from budging. Those who have tried diet foods can vouch for the fact that they do not yield the promised results. Fat makes food taste good, and if a food item claims to be low-fat or diet, then that typically means the manufacturer have removed the fat and replaced it with added sugar, sweeteners and chemicals. Fat, is in fact, very good for you, so stay away from deceptive diet foods, and enjoy your natural, full-fat yogurt instead.
Processed meats, including deli meats, hot dogs, pepperoni and bacon, contain a compound known as sodium nitrite, a compound that can yield cancerous effects on the body’s cells. Research indicates that those who regularly consumed processed meats have a frightening 67 per cent greater chance of contracting pancreatic cancer as opposed to those who consumed little or no processed meat products. Again, unprocessed organic meats from your butcher are always your best option. Are we sensing a pattern here?
It’s handy, appetizing, and bad for your health health. Canned and packaged soups contain mammoth quantities of salt (about a 1000 mg per cup), added sugar, trans fat and artificial substances. If you don’t want to suffer from high blood pressure or cholesterol, sidestep that canned soup aisle when grocery shopping and buy all the ingredients for homemade soup instead. It’s for your own good!
Doughnuts: Those delicious, addictive treats that you just can’t get enough of. Unfortunately, according to health researchers, the only thing good about doughnuts is the empty hole. Doughnuts are essentially a concentrated amalgamation of refined flour, sugar, artificial flavours, partially hydrogenated oil and mammoth quantities of trans-fat, with absolutely zero vitamins or nutrients. That’s a lethal combination, one that you should definitely limit.
Many people have taken to regularly using artificial sweeteners as a healthier alternative to sugar. However, it turns out that our love of Splenda and diet sodas may have been woefully misguided. Artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar, and that is a grave understatement. Artificial sweeteners, when broken down by the body, produce toxic substances which can have surprising and subtle adverse effects, such as depression, anxiety attacks, asthma, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and ironically, weight gain. Multiple studies have shown that artificial sweeteners also stimulate appetite.
White refined flour (and the pasta that is made from it) are nutrient-free, calorie-laden food items that you should try to avoid as much as possible. These food items lack the essential vitamins and minerals that are present in whole grains. Instead, opt for whole gains like quinoa, oats, barley, brown rice and whole wheat products to benefit from a marvellous treasure trove of nutrients.
The Ultimate American Road Trip: Route 66
If you’re looking for the omega American road trip then you’ve got to hit the Mother Road, otherwise known as Route 66. From Chicago to LA, it’s a journey that’ll provide the experience of a lifetime, showing you the heart of a great nation.
Start in Chicago & Chase the Sun
In reality, the best always head west. Would you rather end the trip in the Windy City, or just in time to catch a gorgeous L.A. sunset on the beach? There’s just something deeply spiritual for folks when we head west. It becomes an adventure. It becomes a vehicular voyage to the sea. Here are some of the highlights you can expect in order:
• Illinois: It’s a pretty straight shot through the state from Chicago through Springfield (which has some stretches of restored Route 66) and southwest to St. Louis. There’s a bit of the bright lights of big cities, but also a good calm stretch of rural to cruise through as well; vast fields of corn and farmland for close to 300 miles.
• Missouri: Once you hit East St. Louis you’ll again be greeted by sky scrapers, industrial areas and the mark of modernity but then it’s another SE straight shot through the entire belly of the state.
• Kansas: You’re only going to spend a little time in the good’ol Kansas heartland. And by little we mean a whopping 14 miles far down in the bottom south east corner. You’ll go through two towns: Galena and Baxter Springs but rest assured there’s great classic restaurants and places that’ve been open as long as Route 66 has been around. In fact, it’s because of road tripper like you just passin’on through that keep’em goin.
• Oklahoma: You’re going to go through two huge metropolises that have “country” written all over’em: Tulsa first and then into Oklahoma City before heading directly west towards the Pan Handle. Of all 8 states, it’s here that they take Route 66 the most seriously. It’s got the most preserved still-drivable miles and you’ll be able to see the remnants of Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Native American land. And, you’ll get to take the same route as families long ago in the Dust Bowl took to escape.
• Texas: You’re going to go through the upper tip of the Texas Pan Handle that takes you through Amarillo. It looks short on a map but the 200-mile stretch of plains is a sight to behold like none other. If you can time it so you cut through here in the afternoon on a sunny day your spirit will be recharged. Just try not to pay any attention to all the truckers!
• New Mexico: Welcome to the Land of Enchantment where you’ll pass through Sun Belt city and Albuquerque. These days, it can be a bit challenging to stay strictly on the old road but with all the sandstone mesas and pine forests it’s definitely worth it.
• Arizona: In Arizona you’ll stay in the northern plains rather than heading down into the really hot areas around Phoenix. Instead, you’ll pass directly through Flagstaff which is a mountain town and where Northern Arizona University is located. The sights here are like a completely different world from everything you’ve seen so far, especially once you begin to head south right before passing into California. Oh, and because of the high speeds on the I-40, this will feel like one of those awesome car track days.
• California: Once you reach this point get ready to cruise through rolling hills, vineyards, orchards, stunning landscapes and then at Barstow you should begin smelling the sea. From San Bernardino and Pasadena to Santa Monica it’s simply breathtaking.
This is only a taste of the experience really. You’ve just got to get out and do it. There’s plenty of great resources online to keep you on track and if you have the time you don’t have to miss a thing. Enjoy!
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Heartbreaking; Another School Shooting Santa Clarita, CA
Santa Clarita, California, high school shooting leaves 2 students dead, multiple injured
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) — A 16-year-old boy shot five fellow students, two fatally, Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita before turning the .45-caliber handgun on himself, authorities said.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson said multiple 911 calls prompted firefighter-paramedics to respond about 7:40 a.m. to the school at 21900 Centurion Way.
Six students, including the gunman, were found in the quad suffering from gunshot wounds, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. All six were transported to hospitals, where two of them, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were later pronounced dead.
The surviving victims were described as two girls, ages 14 and 15, and a 14-year-old boy.
In a tweet, Henry Mayo Hospital said it had received four patients.
Their names were not immediately disclosed. The sheriff said the deceased girl’s parents were at the hospital. He was notified of the second fatality during a press conference at the school.
Gunman turns .45 caliber on himself
According to sheriff’s Capt. Kent Wegener, surveillance video “clearly” shows the suspect pulling a semi-automatic handgun out of his backpack in the quad and shooting five classmates before shooting himself in the head.
Thursday was the gunman’s 16th birthday, the captain said.
He was listed in grave condition at a hospital, according to Villanueva.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, authorities released a description of the suspect as a manhunt got underway. Heavily armed deputies and an armored SWAT vehicle were seen at a home near the school, but it was unclear if the house was connected to the investigation.
The high school remained on lockdown for hours after the incident. Shortly before 11 a.m., lockdowns were lifted at all campuses in the district, as well as Rosedell and Highland elementary schools.
Central Park, at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, was being used as a reunification point for parents and students, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Undersheriff Tim Murakami tweeted an apology to parents, saying investigators need to interview “every student at Saugus HS” before they can be released.
In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was monitoring ongoing reports about the shooting.
“The White House encourages all those in the area to follow the advice of local law enforcement and first responders,” the statement said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted an expression of gratitude to the emergency responders.
“We simply should not have to fear for our kids’ lives when we drop them off at school,” the governor said. Addressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Newsom asked: “How many more lives will be lost? How many more shootings will we have to endure? We need commonsense gun reform. NOW.”
Amid the chaos at the scene, the number of reported victims fluctuated throughout the morning. The sheriff later confirmed that six people were shot, including the gunman.