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So, Yahoo posted the article below about the Three Foods You Should Never Eat in 2014. They are cheese fries, hot dogs and microwave popcorn. So I asked myself, would I be able to go the entire year of 2014 without eating any of these?

Cheese fries….yes. Fries in general…..NO WAY! Hot dogs are absolute yes since I never usually go near them. Brats on the other hand, I enjoy an occasional one or two each summer. Microwave popcorn is the one that stumped me. I had no idea of all of the negatives of microwave popcorn. I keep it on hand at home and love to pop some on movie night at the house. I always thought it was a decent snack because it is lower in calorie and has fiber. Clearly I was wrong. I probably won’t eliminate it completely, but I’ll probably think twice about popping a bag……at least for a few months until I forget about reading this article.

Read it and let me know your thoughts on the Three Foods You Should Never Eat in 2014.

Three Foods You Should Never Eat in 2014

Forty-five percent of Americans usually make New Year’s
resolutions – and 38 percent of their resolutions are
weight related, according to StatisticBrain.com.

Losing weight actually tops the list of most frequent
resolutions, while “staying fit and healthy” clocks in
at number five:

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2014:

1.Lose Weight
2.Get Organized
3.Spend Less, Save More
4.Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5.Stay Fit and Healthy
6.Learn Something Exciting
7.Quit Smoking
8.Help Others in Their Dreams
9.Fall in Love
10.Spend More Time with Family
It’s no wonder so many of us vow to get our weight under
control, with Big Macs and Triple Whoppers, cakes, cookies,
and other high-fat desserts tempting us constantly. And to
slosh it all down, there are mega-bottles of sugary,
high-calorie drinks on every countertop.

It’s not just our weight that’s at risk – it’s our
long-term health. High-fat, high-calorie foods and beverages
add on the pounds and can lead to obesity and related
diseases. As the New Year gets underway, here are three (of
many) foods we should reject as we aim to reach for more
green leafy veggies, quinoa, muesli, organic fruits, lean
proteins and other healthier choices:

Cheese Fries
They’re tasty, but cheese fries are “loaded with artery
clogging fat,” said nutritionist and dietician Janet Blum
of northern N.J. “Anything fried is already loaded with
fat – but add the cheese, which is high in saturated fat,
and you’re adding calories and fat to an already fried
food. Yikes,” she added.

A much better choice of starch – and the best starches are
rich in fiber, B vitamins, calcium, potassium and phosphorus
would be bread or pasta that’s made with whole grains
such as wheat, barley, rye and oats.

Hot Dogs
Most dogs, the kind we love at ballparks and barbecues, are
loaded with nitrites and nitrates, compounds that extend
their shelf life and buff up their color. Nitrites and
nitrates can form nitrosamines once we digest them – and
those substances have been linked to cancer in test animals.
“A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave,”
nutritionist and educator Susan Levin explained.
“Processed meats like hot dogs can increase your risk for
diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”

If you crave meat, go instead for lean protein – chicken
(without the skin), pork, white-meat turkey and fresh fish.

Microwave Popcorn
Chemicals abound in this food (which shouldn’t even be
called a food). Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) lines the
popcorn bag and is part of a class of compounds that may be
linked to infertility in humans, according to a UCLA study.
In animal testing, the chemicals caused liver, testicular
and pancreatic cancer – and once the popcorn is
microwaved, the chemicals can get into the popcorn. “They
stay in your body for years,” Olga Naidenko, a senior
scientist for the Environmental Working Group, told
Prevention. (DuPont and other manufacturers have said
they’ll phase out PFOA by 2015.)

If you can’t live without this snack, pop natural kernels
in a skillet – and skip the butter.

Source Yahoo