Kick This Quad to the Curb
These four food groups — if you can call them that — are bad news when it comes to building a healthy body. Here’s why.
White Bread = Whiteheads A recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found a link between the intake of high-glycemic foods like white bread, white rice and sugar-laden drinks with pimple flare-ups. For blemish-free skin, swap the processed junk for quality carb options like brown rice, quinoa and whole rye bread.
Soda = Smaller Brain Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine found that people who frequently drank sugary beverages like soda and bottled iced tea were more likely to suffer from memory issues and had smaller brains overall. Instead, go with seltzer, water with lemon or homemade, sugar-free iced tea.
Booze = Breast Cancer Risk A Journal of Clinical Oncology study cites evidence that women who consume just a single alcoholic drink a day face a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. Our bodies break down alcohol into acetaldehyde, a carcinogen that may raise the chances of developing cancer. Limit your imbibing to once or twice a week, or opt for mocktails when out with the girls.
Deli Meats = Weaker Bones Deli meats are super high in sodium, running on average between 250 to 300 milligrams per ounce for most brands. Excess sodium intake can increase the amount of calcium that is flushed from your body, meaning there is less available for strengthening your skeleton. Keep your calcium in pocket by choosing fresh meats over processed ones, and beware of the sodium content in other supermarket staples like bread, soup and cheese.
Save yourself the sunburn: Eat mushrooms to get your daily dose of D.