We all have our favorite foods and for the most part, abide by the “everything in moderation” rule. But many of us are unaware of just how dangerous some of our tasty indulgent foods can be for our health — even the “good” ones. Here are five popular foods that could be slowly killing you. WARING: This is going to be brutal and you’re going to hate us.
Hot dogs are one of our favorite all-American foods and a summer staple at barbecues and baseball games all across the country. And though we love chomping down on those dogs, we don’t like to think how they are made or even what they are made of. It’s no secret that hot dog wieners are made of animal byproducts — as in pig nipples and anuses — and packed full of additives and nitrates. Not to mention, there is also the risk of contracting listeriosis if not fully cooked and eating 50 grams (or one hot dog) a day of these kinds of processed meats can increase the chance of developing colon cancer by 21%. Essentially, you can have a hot dog once every 2 years, or just stick to the turkey burgers at your next barbecue.
So you’ve developed a little sriracha sauce habit. No harm no foul, right? Wrong. Spicy foods — like your delicious sriracha mistress — contain a chemical known as capsaicin, which is an irritant to humans. Capsaicin is also found in paint stripper and pepper spray. Though no known deaths have been recorded related to consumption and over-consumption of capsaicin and spicy foods, there has been a link to high rates of stomach cancer and liver cancer in countries where spicy foods are common. Think twice before drowning your ramen in sriracha!
Potatoes are a vegetable, so how can potato chips be so bad for you? When they are fried in trans-fat oils, pumped with preservatives and coated in high amounts of sugars and salts, they’re stripped of any nutritional content and transform into the number one junk food. Overindulging in potato chips has been linked to weight gain and obesity. Obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension, depression and a whole slew of other diseases. All from those little salty slivers of crispy potatoes. If you’re really craving potato chips, opt for “healthier” options like baked chips.
I know, a salad; really? You do a good job of staying away from the hot dogs and the potato chips and you head straight for the salad bar. But beware, all of that greenery could be full of the deadly E. coli bacteria, found in the intestines of humans and other animals. Essentially, it derives from fecal matter and the unsanitary handling of foods. Symptoms include diarrhea and stomach cramps and a high rate of deaths has been linked to E. coli contamination all over the world. The bacteria has been associated with undercooked meats, but more and more warnings have been issues for contaminated lettuce and other produce. Your best bet is to make your salads at home so you know the ingredients have been washed thoroughly.
It seems like we’ve known about the bad effects of drinking soft drinks for decades now. The dangerously high amounts of refined sugar, the caffeine and zero presence of any kind of nutritional value. But all of the man-made chemicals and ingredients found in soft drinks are also unhealthy. We’ve all seen that Youtube video of how to clean your toilet with Coke, after all. Chemicals such as sodium benzoate and phosphoric acid has been linked to DNA damage and bone density loss, also known as osteoporosis. Reconsider that rum and coke at your next happy hour and swap it for a gin and tonic instead.
Okay, that was a little rough, but think about it this way, we might have just saved your life!