Everyone has long known that fast food is not good for the human body and it is better to abandon it in favor of fruits and vegetables. But there are three categories of foods that are especially dangerous for digestion. What food according to scientists is considered the most harmful to our intestines and why, read this article.
Take care of the intestines from an early age!
When we talk about dangerous food, we first think of student gastritis or bachelor’s disease – a stomach ulcer. Meanwhile, recent research by scientists has shown that when we eat anything, we put our intestines at risk in the first place. It is not in vain that this organ is called the second human heart: it is the one that is responsible for the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, and the action of microorganisms that inhabit almost all its departments (the so-called intestinal microbiota) determines our immunity.
So, what should you definitely miss in your daily menu if you want to have a healthy gut?
Sausages, sausages, fillets, ham and other processed meats contain nitrosamines, dangerous substances that can cause bowel cancer.
Sausages and other processed meats contain a lot of salt, which retains water in the body. In addition, all these products contain a large percentage of various harmful additives – trans fats, preservatives, flavor enhancers, thickeners, stabilizers and others.
Can’t imagine a trip to the country house or in nature without a sandwich with your favorite sausage? Try replacing it with homemade sandwiches with boiled or roasted meat.
In the process of frying any type of meat, carcinogens are formed. And if pork, lamb or beef are used, then the process of digestion of such food in the intestines is slowed down. This has a detrimental effect on its mucosa, causing inflammatory processes and pathological seals in the tissues.
Most of the carcinogenic compounds are found in the hard crust of fried meat, but what about avid carnivores who are willing to risk their health just to eat fragrant skewers or grilled steaks.
It’s simple – you don’t have to take risks. Roasted meat in a roasting bag or wrapped in foil tastes no less good.
The debate about the dangers of alcohol in medical circles has not abated. But if the benefits of red wine are still being debated by scientists because of the presence of beneficial anthocyanins and resveratrol in it, which slow down aging, then the same cannot be said of vodka, cognac, whiskey and other spirits.
All high-alcohol beverages stop the gut from absorbing proteins, vitamins and other nutrients and trace elements. So isn’t it safer to give up hard alcohol in favor of dry red wine? Not coincidentally, it is part of the famous Mediterranean diet, which is called the diet of centenarians.
It is known that not only our weight depends on our diet, but also on our health. Doctors and nutritionists constantly remind us of the importance of eating healthy and balanced. But we still can’t refuse products that are considered harmful.
To forget once and for all about your favorite chips, pastries and burgers, you need remarkable willpower. But if you can’t give them up completely, try to at least eliminate the most harmful foods or at least include them in your menu as rarely as possible.
List of the most harmful foods:
- Sweetened carbonated drinks. Gas bubbles, because of which we love carbonated drinks, cause bloating, heartburn, belching and flatulence. By the way, carbonated alcoholic beverages have the same effect. In addition, sweetened soda is really very sweet – each glass contains 100-150 extra calories. They have no nutritional value, but are pure sugar
- Smoked meats. Smoked meats and fish are very high in salt. Salt retains fluid in the body, leading to edema. Antioxidants, which are often present in such products, adversely affect the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, smoked meats are often very fatty, and the consumption of excess fat is an additional burden on the digestive system.
- Chips Generally potato chips are starch, fat and salt A packet of chips contains up to one tablespoon of butter. Intake of this “fuel”, which irritates the stomach, can cause heartburn, which feels like a burning sensation and an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
- Chocolate This delicacy is also very greasy and the excess fat in it, as discussed above, can cause acid reflux. Theobromine, a substance found in excess in chocolate, has the same effect.
- Trans fats For example, margarine is a completely unnatural product for us. Trans fats are poorly absorbed and cause irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract. Diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea may be the result of their use.
- Spices and hot sauces. Regular irritation of gastric walls with sharp products can lead to reduction of their protective barrier and development of gastritis – inflammation of the gastric mucosa. Spicy foods also stimulate the production of gastric juice and can lead to heartburn – the discharge of gastric contents into the esophagus – especially after a hearty meal.
- Fatty meat Bacon, juicy burgers, crispy cutlets – all this, of course, is delicious. However, fatty foods are a test for the digestive system. It takes a very long time to grind. To deal with excess fat, the stomach secretes increased doses of gastric juice. This often leads to heartburn and abdominal pain.
- White bread. In ancient times, only very rich people could afford white bread – the poor ate gray coarse bread with bran. Today, the opposite is true: wholemeal bread is quite expensive, and the cheapest toast is white.
- In such bread there are almost no nutrients – it is poor in vitamins, minerals and practically does not contain protein and fiber. But it is high in calories, contains a lot of sugar and starch. Delicate soft bread is difficult to digest. The intestines swell, leading to constipation, heaviness in the abdomen and flatulence.
Consequences of eating harmful products
If you regularly eat unhealthy foods, you can disrupt your digestive system: the body, trying to adapt to such a diet, will begin to produce many of some enzymes and few others. The beneficial microflora will also suffer – the number of auxiliary bacteria will decrease and, as in any ecosystem, other microorganisms that are not so useful will take their place.