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  • High in calories, sodium and fats. The average portion of french fries (170 g) contains 30 g of fat, up to 1200 mg of sodium and 550 Calories
  • Contributes to obesity, high cholesterol and heart disease.
  • Cooked in ultra-hot oil which is high in trans fats.
  • Trans fats increase bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and insulin levels and reduce beneficial HDL cholesterol, promoting heart attacks and stroke.
  • High amounts of trans fats are not safe for pregnant women. Recent studies have demonstrated that high consumption of trans fats is associated with fetal loss and the risk of preeclampsia.
  • High consumption of potatoes and french fries is associated with increased risk of diabetes.
  • French fries contain acrylamide, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin, which is formed in foods during high temperature processes such as frying, baking, roasting and extrusion.
  • Frequent consumption of hamburgers is associated with weight gain and obesity in the United States.
  • Eating lots of hamburgers is associated with abdominal obesity in women.
  • Burgers have a lot of saturated and trans fats.
  • Trans fats raise total cholesterol levels, bad LDL cholesterol, and significantly increase the risk for heart disease.
  • Most hamburgers contain the flavour enhancer, MSG (monosodium glutamate) which causes among other headaches and allergic reactions.
  • MSG is a chemical used to fatten up laboratory animals and evidence suggests it will ultimately make you fat when consumed.
  • Most burgers contain more that 1000 mg of sodium (45% of recommended daily value) and can promote water retention and high blood pressure.
  • Consumption of a large number of soft drinks leads to the increased acid levels throughout the body. Most soft drinks contain citric, phosphoric and malic or tartaric acids. These acids are what give the drink the refreshing "bite" or "sting" and at the same time preserving the "quality" and sweetness of the drink. All soft drinks are very acidic, but dark colas such as Coke and Pepsi are much more acidic.
  • Prolonged increased acid levels will cause erosion of the gastric lining, which is very painful and disrupts proper digestion.
  • Soft drinks harm teeth, they are responsible for doubling or tripling the incidence of tooth decay. Sugar and acid in soft drinks easily dissolve tooth enamel.
  • Soft drink consumption is a significant risk factor for the development of metabolic syndrome, a combination of the symptoms such as high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance.
  • Sugar-sweetened soft drinks contribute to increased risk of diabetes.
  • Soft drinks have negative effects on bone mineral density and contribute to osteoporosis. Adolescents who frequently consume soft drinks are at increased risk of bone fractures than those who do not.
  • Consumption of sugary drinks is associated with weight gain and obesity. In fact, the relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.
  • Consumption of too many soft drinks puts you under increased risk for liver cirrhosis similar to what chronic alcoholics have
  • Doughnuts have no nutritional value. Most are loaded with trans fats or damaged fats due to deep frying.
  • High consumption of trans fat is a significant risk factor for coronary heart disease.
  • The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of trans fats you eat to less than 1% of your total daily calories. This means that if you need 2,000 calories a day, no more than 20 of those calories should come from trans fats. And that's less than 2 grams of trans fats a day. Given the amount of naturally occurring trans fats you probably eat every day, this leaves virtually no room for industrially manufactured trans fats.

Hot dogs

  • High contents of calories, fats and nitrates
  • Hot dogs meat may contain mutagenic heterocyclic amines, some of which are proven carcinogens. These compounds are formed during the cooking of meat.
  • To increase shelf life and preserve flavor, processed foods tend to contain trans fats.
  • Trans fatty acids cause between 30,000 and 100,000 premature deaths a year from coronary heart disease.
  • Frequent consumption of processed meats like hot dogs and sausages is associated with an increased risk of diabetes.
  • High salt content will promote water retention
  • Fried bacon can drastically increase the level of cholesterol.
  • It's also high in salt and full of both nitrites and nitrates.
  • Recent US study has linked eating cured meat like bacon and hot dogs with increased risk of lung disease.
  • Frequent consumption of red meat, especially bacon and hot dogs, may increase the risk of developing diabetes.
  • Corn chips, potato chips, tortilla chips have literally no nutritional benefits.
  • Fried potato products such as french fries and chips may contain substantial amounts of carcinogenic substances like acrylamide.
  • According to some studies, in foods like french fries and potato chips, acrylamide is present in the amount of about 300 times more than the "safe" limits recommended by WHO (World Health Organization). However, acrylamide content does not appear in the dietary nutritional information that goes with the packaging.
  • Chips contain large amount of added trans fat. Even "reduced fat" brands can still have trans fat.
  • Trans fats tend to increase blood cholesterol levels and are linked to heart disease

10 Habits That Make You Fat

1. TV Watching
Prolonged TV watching is a strong predictor for obesity1. Recent research2 has proved that people who watch around two hours of TV per day are much more likely to be overweight than those who watched only half an hour per day. When you watch TV you are virtually motionless. Your heart rate, blood pressure and metabolic rate decline, resulting in burning 20 to 30 calories less per hour. Research by Harvard University4 has shown that there is a link between the amount children eat and the amount of television they watch.

2. Eating Too Fast

It is a habit of most people living in a fast paced society. Eating fast lets you eat too much before you are fully aware of it. It takes the brain about 15-20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Scientists suppose that fast eating is a risk factor for the metabolic syndrome3, a combination of the symptoms such as high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. 3. Task Snacking Task snacking refers to eating while doing other activities. if you often eat meals or snacks while working by yourself in front of your computer, while driving, watching TV, or standing at the kitchen counter, shopping with a friend, or talking on the phone, it's likely that the "task snacking" eating style is increasing your odds of becoming overweight or obese.

4. Frequent Fast Food Consumption

One of the big reasons we're seeing more obesity in our society these days is that we are too stressed and busy to make healthy dinners at home, often opting to get fast food at the nearest drive-thru instead. Fast foods compromise the quality of the diet by replacing more healthy foods. Fast foods are known for having high content of saturated and trans-fat, low content of fiber and massive portion sizes, which leads to obesity.

5. Eating To Manage Feelings
Emotional eating is the practice of consuming large quantities of food (usually "comfort" or junk foods) in response to feelings (such as depression, anxiety, or loneliness) instead of hunger. Experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions. How many times have you found yourself scouring the kitchen for a snack, or absently munching on junk food when you're stressed, but not really hungry?

6. Too Busy To Exercise

With all the demands on your schedule, exercise may be one of the last things on your to-do list. If so, you're not alone. Americans live a more sedentary lifestyle than we have in past generations, yet our minds seem to be racing from everything we have to do. Unfortunately, from sitting in traffic, clocking hours at our desks, and plopping in front of the TV in exhaustion at the end of the day, exercise often goes by the wayside.

7. Your Friends Can Make You Fat

If you're putting on weight, you might want to take a look at who you're hanging around with. A study7 published in the July 26, 2007 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that obesity may be "socially contagious." The study was conducted on more than 12,000 people over 32 years, and concluded that having an overweight friend, sibling or spouse increased one's risk of obesity by 37 to 57 percent.

8. Lack Of Sleep

Sleep deprivation can increase your risk of obesity by boosting ghrelin (an appetite stimulating hormone) and lowering leptin (an appetite suppressor). The study5 from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom found that, compared to an eight hours of shut-eye, each one-hour decrease in sleep duration was linked to almost 3% more body fat.

9. Unaware Of Calories And Fat

Many people eat foods with no idea of the calorie or fat value. This leads to weight gain and unhealthy eating habits because you can easily consume twice the normal calories required to maintain your weight, let alone lose weight, if you don't know how many calories you are eating.

10. Credit Cards

Your plastic may be affecting more than just your credit score. Visa conducted a study of 100,000 fast-food restaurant transactions and found that people who pay for their food with a credit card spend 30% more than those who pay with cash. For the average woman, who visits a fast-food restaurant once a week, that adds an extra 17,160 calories, or 4.9 pounds, per year.

More Health & Nutrition Information

  • Eat only enough calories to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Your body can only use so much energy. If you eat more calories (energy) than you need, the surplus will be converted to trigycerides, which are stored in fat cells but also build up in your blood.
  • Steer clear of refined carbohydrates and sweets.
  • Highly-processed foods such as candy, sodas, ice cream, pastries, and breads all raise your blood sugar, which can lead to the formation of triglycerides. Choose foods with a low glycemic load. These foods help to keep your blood sugar steady and triglycerides down.
  • Cut back on (or eliminate) alcohol.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption raises triglyceride levels. Men should limit alcohol consumption to 2 drinks a day; women to one. A drink is defined as 1 12-ounce beer, 1 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1 1/2 ounces of hard liquor.
  • Eat more fish.
  • Fish contains omega-3 fats (specifically DHA and EPA) that can help reduce elevated triglyceride levels. The recommended amount to lower triglycerides is 2 - 4 grams of EPA + DHA per day. That's about 6 ounces of wild salmon, per day. Other good source of EPA and DHA include mackerel, herring, sardines, fish roe (caviar) and fish oil supplements
  • Eat more fiber rich foods. Foods rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble, can improve your cholesterol profiles and lower your risk of heart disesae. Soluble fiber, found in oats, beans, barley and citrus fruit can help lower levels of LDL (or "Bad") cholesterol. A diet rich in fiber also helps you to feel satisfied with fewer calories, which helps you maintain a health weight--another important way to reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • To get more fiber, start the day with a high fiber cereal, eat plenty of whole fruits and vegetables, choose whole grains over refined grains, and enjoy beans or legumes at least three times a week. Because they are also high in protein, beans make the perfect choice for a meatless meal. Enjoy bean soups, black bean veggies burgers, three bean salad, bean dip or hummus.
  • Avoid trans fats and lmit saturated fats. You might be surprosed to learn that saturated and trans fats have a much bigger impact on your blood cholesterol levels than the dietary cholesterol found in foods like eggs and shrimp. Trans fats are found in foods made with hydrogenated fats or oils--and these should be aovided. Saturated fats are primarily found in fatty cuts of meat, whole milk dairy products, and tropical oils.
  • The Institute of Medicine recommends that saturated fats be limited to 10% of your total calories. That's about 10 grams per day for most people. Try to get most of your daily fat calories from monounsaturated fats. Olive oil, olives, avocadoes, and nuts are all good sources of monounsaturated fats.
  • Up your intake of plant sterols and stanols. These naturally occuring compounds, known collectively as phytosterols, have been found to lower LDL cholesterol levels by blocking its absorption into cells. Corn, rice, nuts, and legumes contain small amounts of phytosterols. You can get higher levels from specially formulated yogurt, peanut butter, mayonnaise, and margarine. One or two servings of phytosterol-enriched products is enough to have positive benefits on cholesterol levels.
  • Enjoy garlic and onions. Both contain compounds that help modulate the liver's production of cholesterol.
  • Consume alcohol in moderation. Moderate consumption of alcohol (that's no more than 2 drinks a day for men or 1 drink a day for women) can help promote healthy cholesterol levels. But drinking more than this increases your heart disease risk, so drink moderately or not at all. Red wine also contains flavonoids and other antioxidants that can help reduce heart disease risk