Have you ever noticed that you cannot get a baby to eat more than he or she wants? As soon as babies have had enough, that’s it; they don’t carry on because it tastes good or because they hate to see waste. Enough is enough. Which tells us quite a lot about our own eating habits – and that overeating is a learned behaviour.
If you have ever eaten more than you should have done you will have your own reasons for doing so, but eating too much isn’t the only thing that can cause weight gain and even some serious illnesses.
Think, for a moment, about the food that we give to our pets. In most cases, we try and replicate what they would eat if they were in the wild and fending for themselves: we give meat to our carnivore dogs and cats; seeds to our birds, and hay, which is only dried grass, to our rabbits and guinea pigs. So, why then, are we content to give ourselves processed junk that our predecessors would never recognise, and risk our lives into the bargain?
Have a look at the following eight foods that are monumentally bad for us:
If you eat bacon, there’s a very good chance that you cannot imagine not having it in your life. Just the smell of it cooking is enough to drive your senses wild. But the harsh reality is that that bacon is far from being a healthy option. For a start, 68% of the calories from bacon come from fat – and half of that fat is the saturated variety, which can lead to heart disease and strokes.
Surprisingly, many people don’t realise that bacon is processed – and we all that is the bogeyman word when it comes to a healthy diet. Research shows that processed foods can initiate certain cancers because of the nitrates that used to preserve them.
Bacon also contains a lot of sodium, and too much of this can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Just three rashers of bacon (and who can ever stick to one?) contains a fifth of an adult’s daily allowance!
And finally, to keep up with the demand of the world’s demand for bacon means that the majority of pigs are farmed in barbaric conditions. Factory farming means that they are isolated in concrete boxes – and for an intelligent animal, this equates to fear, stress and illness.