1. Oyster Sauce
A thick, rich brown southern Chinese condiment, flavoured with layers of oysters. It is a pungent and fermented mixture that adds a distinctive flavour to dishes.
The bad: It contains salt, corn syrup, caramel, and MSG. Its high salt content is a cause of hypertension and other heart related diseases.
The bad: Sugar consumption is directly linked to obesity and diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases common in Singaporeans. So watch the amount of sugar in your food.
3. French Fries
Similar to potato chips, french fries contains acrylamide which is created when amino acids in potatoes are heated 120°C (250 °F) or higher. Not to mention the added calories when using dipping sauces, yikes!
Not only often cooked in oil that has probably been heated more than once, they are mostly made out of sugar and fat.
One doughnut could cost you 350 calories, possibly a whole meal in itself.
Candy is mainly composed of sugar and high level of saturated fat which can lead to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
6. Processed Meats
Containing high levels of fats and nitrites which can to cardiovascular disease. It has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a carcinogen, alongside plutonium and alcohol. It’s best to stay away.
The combination of high sodium and nitrites content is a dangerous combination for your health which can lead to various illnesses!
The high level of saturated fats increases the risk of heart disease.
Sausages are usually made from ‘leftovers’ of various meats (pork, chicken, beef) which is mainly made up of fat and salt! They also contain nitrites.
7. Prepared Food
Prepared meals in the frozen section contains high level of sodium and fat. A healthier alternative is to prepare them yourself!
*Frozen fruits and veggies could be a good alternative if you’re short on time. They are as healthy, if not possibly more nutritious as they are frozen at the source.
8. Cereal Bars
They sound healthy but most cereal bars are full of sugar and fat, mainly in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) so be sure to read the ingredients carefully.
9. Artificial Sugars
Although not containing any calories, artificial sugars such as sucralose, aspartame, and neotame can lead to cardiovascular disease or prediabetes.
10. Soft Drinks
Other than sugar, soft drinks contain caffeine, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems, and phosphoric acid, which can cause bone disease.
They may look pretty and may contain healthy ingredients like fruits, whole flour, or nuts but they pack a chunk of calories with very little nutritional value.
Some jams contain sodium benzoate, which is linked to cancer. Avoid jams that contain added sodium benzoate. Oh, most jams are smothered with sugar, so remember to read the labels!
13. White Bread
Having made from refined flour, white sandwich bread is extremely low in fibre and protein and has an extremely high glycemic index. Which is bad for your blood sugar levels.
14. Whipped Cream
Usually whipped cream is made out of water and hydrogenated oil, which could lead to cardiovascular diseases. It’s better to whip your own cream!
15. Potato Chips
Chips contain high levels of acrylamide which is carcinogenic, and not to mention their high fat content.
16. Corn Syrup
Corn syrup, as known as glucose syrup, contributes to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.
17. Breakfast Cereals
The usual breakfast cereal not only contains high amounts of sugar, they are also low in fibre and proteins. Do check the nutritional label before purchasing!
It is also good to note their serving sizes as most of us tend to have more than one serving size at one go.
18. Canned Soup
Most canned soups contain high levels of sodium, so always check the nutrition label before making a purchase.
19. Rice Cakes
They may seem like a harmless snack but they have quite a high glycemic index.
20. Fruit Juice
They may contain vitamins and antioxidants, but fruit juices are packed with sugar content identical to that of sugary drinks.
21. Grilled Meat
The charring of meat causes carcinogenic elements to be released when cooking. It also increases the risk of developing prostate and pancreatic cancer when consuming grilled meat.
22. Canned Tomatoes
The inner coating on food cans which contains Bisphenol A (BPA) may seep into the tomatoes due to the acidity of the contents. BPA may increase the risk of cancer or heart disease.
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