5 Foods that are Silently Killing You


Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation has released a list of the top 5 foods that are silently killing you. Foods that are so commonly found on grocery shelves and even in our own kitchen cupboards!

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1. Pop
Soda pops can create chaos for your body! They’re not friendly to your skin, teeth and hormones and can seriously affect your anxiety levels. Over time, the high sugar and caffeine content can cause chronic dehydration and plaque build-up on the teeth leading to severe cavities and gum disease. Each can contains zero nutritional value (but 10 teaspoons of sugar!) – it’s a fizzy concoction that you can live without.

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2. Peaches in heavy syrup
Peaches soaked in heavy syrup are filled with calories that don’t do the body good. Read the ingredients list first. If you see glucose, fructose, dextrose, or sucrose on there, chances are there’s a ton of added sugar. Syrups spoil this already sweet treat and if you’re trying to keep blood insulin levels at a stable level – stay away!

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3. Margarine
Full of artificial ingredients and synthetic vitamins, margarine is a gastronomical gremlin that causes the body’s immune response to go haywire. For a healthier sandwich spread, smooth over some avocado or hummus instead. Margarine is full of trans fats and increases the risk of bad cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke.

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4. Hot dogs
Processed meats should carry a warning label. They’re packed with sodium and chemicals. Regular, daily consumption increases your risk of developing colorectal cancer by 21% – yet hotdogs are a summer staple for many. Between the types of meats that are used, and the chemicals added to make these hot dogs edible, it’s no surprise why health concerns arise.

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5. Potato chips
Potato chips (and other deep fried foods) are behind the rise of cancers in North America. Fleeting greasy satisfaction isn’t worth the risk you put on your colon, bladder and rectum. Instead of snatching a chip bag off the shelf, try making your own chips at home. Slice potatoes and brush them with a little bit of olive oil and a dash of sea salt. Bake in the oven until crispy – and voila! You’ve got yourself a recipe for longer, healthier life.


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James Chung

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