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Everyday food items to avoid

Food experts have pointed out foodstuffs that they are unlikely for health reasons to use in their own cooking. Some of these them are ingredients that for so long we have considered to be so-called super foods.

You can if you may go oh damn, the guidance on food keeps changing and so I don’t care – that’s OK. Just don’t say we did not give you the latest lowdown:

Raw kale


Vegetables often added to salads, smoothies or juices. But beware they are classed as goitrogens – they can affect thyroid function and a dysfunctional thyroid can cause weight gain.

Women should be particularly concerned because they are more likely to suffer thyroid problems than men.

Canned tomatoes

Given that tomatoes have high levels of acidity, it is possible that this could lead to corrosion of the metal of the can with the potential for metal poisoning.

Although some manufacturers line their cans with plastic, this poses its own problems with interference with the bodies endocrine system if the plastic leaches into the tomatoes.

Microwaved popcorn

Microwave popcorn
Microwave popcorn

The bags for microwaving the popcorn are a potential health risk because of the toxic substances that line the inside of the bags – perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) – chemicals that are linked to cancer.

Gluten-free foods


Gluten the group of proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye, spelt and barley has had bad press lately.

Although most people are gluten-tolerant, some people develop gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy and celiac disease with symptoms like digestive discomfort, tissue damage in the small intestines, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, tiredness, skin rashes, depression, weight loss and foul-smelling feces.

Some nutritionists believe that what is wrong is not necessarily the gluton but a genetic change in the composition of wheat. They point to kamut – an ancient form of wheat , which does not cause the problems of modern wheat.

Soya milk

This highly processed alternative also contains trypsin, which may inhibit protein digestion and pancreatic function.

Other components of soya such as phytic acid can inhibit the absorption of key minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium and magnesium.


Low levels of arsenic can be found in many crops, however because rice is grown on flooded land arsenic is more readily absorbed and consequently rice has ten to 20 times more than other cereal crops.

Brown rice usually contains more arsenic than white because of the husk and rice cakes and crackers can contain higher levels than cooked rice.

Arsenic in rice milk far exceed those allowed in drinking water.

Pasteurised cheese

Unlike unpasteurised cheese which has probiotic benefits, pasteurised cheese is heat treated and consequently you miss out on the natural microbial benefits that are so important for the health of the gut.

Probiotic yogurt

Probiotic yogurt
Probiotic yogurt

Probiotics is all about introducing live cultures of good bacteria to your gut, however probiotics are very delicate and are destroyed and die quite easily especially when they are attacked by the stomach acid.

An effective way of delivering such bateria to the gut is through capsules because they are designed to withstand the stomach acid.

Vegetable oils

Vegetable oils come with lots of omega 6 fatty acids, which in very small amounts are good for our health.

However when we consume more than is needed then they are converted into substances that trigger and worsen inflammation, which at a micro level may cause damage in tissues and has been linked with cardiovascular disease and other degenerative conditions.

Decaffenated products

The decaffeination processes involves chemical solvents – methylene chloride and ethyl acetate, which are highly toxic as vapours and in contact with skin.

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