Surely each of us would like to grow old and live healthy. However, there are a number of important points to consider and a large part of our health depends on nutrition. But that doesn't have to mean that you have to do without everything that actually tastes good. None of us can now imagine eating something without salt and suddenly we have to do without sweets or a well-deserved beer after work. But everyone has to know that there should never be an absolute renunciation, because these four, salt, fat, sugar and alcohol can definitely be used, but always with moderation and purpose.
The Evil Four Foods include:
- sugar substitutes
All about fat
In principle, fat is not a bad thing, but only if there are no health reasons against it. Unfortunately, if you eat too much fat, you can quickly put your liver at risk. Because it can easily lead to fatty liver and unfortunately this is often only noticed when consequential damage occurs. These diseases are often not recognized until routine examinations take place. If left untreated, fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis or even liver cancer. Of course, too much fat can not only damage the liver, because excessive consumption of fat is also responsible for other consequences. Obesity is clearly in the foreground here and this can also lead to further secondary diseases. The metabolism can be severely disturbed in overweight and cardiovascular diseases often occur in connection with overweight. Cholesterol levels that are too high can also occur much more quickly if you eat a lot of fat.
Better to use alternatives
It must always be clarified that fat is not always bad. Because our body also needs fat to function. However, it is very important to ensure that the food contains unsaturated fatty acids. This means that vegetable fats should always be preferred to animal fats. As a basic rule, it can be said that 80 grams of fat per day is completely sufficient and this amount should not necessarily be exceeded.
Sugar or starchy foods are carbohydrates and therefore have to be handled very carefully. In principle, these are needed as energy suppliers, but eating too many of these substances can quickly lead to obesity. In addition, another serious health problem can arise and that would be developing diabetes. So carbohydrates cannot always be completely avoided, but in the form of sugar it would be better to use alternatives. However, this does not always mean the typical household sugar, because juices or fruit preserves, for example, also contain huge amounts of sugar. If you make sure that there is no sugar in the food you eat, you can easily save up to 70% of sugar. It makes sense to look at the food labels when you go shopping, because sugar must be declared very clearly.
The pure sugar is not always to blame
Not only the sugar in the food has to be considered, but also fructose and lactose. These substances also clearly contribute to the fact that the sugar content can increase. It is important to know that not only diabetics have to pay attention to how much sugar they eat, because excessive consumption can also cause teeth to suffer, because sugar causes tooth decay. Sugary drinks should also be avoided. The World Health Organization recommends that no more than 60 grams of sugar per day should be consumed.
Salt tastes particularly good and is also ideal for seasoning dishes, but too much salt causes blood pressure to rise and this in turn increases the risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Nutritionists issue the recommendation that an adult should eat no more than 6 grams of salt per day. In Germany, however, the statistics speak a different language, because more than twice as much salt is consumed every day. But now comes the big but, because it is actually very important that salt is not completely avoided, because our body needs salt. Because salt is absolutely necessary for the metabolism and the blood circulation, without it these functions could not be maintained. In addition, salt protects our body from drying out and the water balance is also regulated. But only if the maximum permissible amount is not exceeded. It is therefore very important to always keep an eye on the salt consumption. It is always better to avoid finished products, as they often contain an unnecessarily high amount of salt. It is a bit more complicated to cook for yourself, but at least you can always be sure that you don't eat too much salt.
Bad for your health - alcohol
Alcohol is now part of our everyday life and it should not be completely forbidden. But you always have to keep an overview, because too much alcohol can have serious consequences for everyone. Many diseases that can really affect our lives are closely related to excessive consumption of alcohol. The liver can be severely damaged and detoxification is no longer ensured and a fatal cycle can develop. All other body organs can also be attacked and individual organs can even fail. Alcohol consumption can also lead to obesity, which in turn can promote the development of diabetes. Alcohol should only be drunk on special occasions. In addition, a habit can set in and quickly become addictive. It is recommended that men should not exceed 20 grams of alcohol per day and for women the limit is 10 grams.