We all have bad habits. There are things we enjoy that may not be good for us in terms of our social, emotional, or physical health. When it comes to our health, however, sometimes we don’t take those bad habits seriously, writing off the harm that they can do to us either because we’ve convinced ourselves the odds are low, or because there are other things we do that make up for it. However, there are some things that we do, or fail to do, that can have serious effects on our mortality.
17. Eating Meat
Many people enjoy meat, and it’s easy to understand why. The flavor and texture are appealing, as is the seasoning. However, too much meat, especially red meats, can be harmful. This is due in part to the fat and salt content, which can increase the risk of heart disease, as well as obesity, which generally exacerbates other health issues. When you add to that the fact that meat is frequently cooked in unhealthy ways, such as deep-fried or smoked, you increase the risk of carcinogens and additional fat and salt. None of that is good for your body in the long run.
16. Eating Sweets
Sweets are another thing many like to indulge in. While the occasional sweet treat every so often is fine, you’ll want to avoid having sweets with every meal, or having large amounts of sweets at any given time. Sugar, like fat and salt, can cause problems for the body at higher levels. While sugar does not cause diabetes directly, lots of sugary snacks can lead to obesity, and obesity greatly increases the odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and heart problems can exacerbate one another as well, so be sparing with dessert and try to avoid food and drinks with added sugar.