4. Ice Cream
A 2012 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that frequently eating ice cream can cause a “reduction in reward-region responsivity in humans” similar to that of people with drug addiction. In other words, to achieve the same level of enjoyment from eating ice cream you’ll need to eat more and more of it over time.
For a healthier alternative, make some “nice cream” instead. Add frozen banana to a food processor or blender. Blend it into smooth ice cream consistency and serve immediately.
3. Multigrain Bread
Multigrain bread seems like a healthy food from the title, but the word “multigrain” could be hiding a secret. Unless you read the package label carefully, you probably don’t know how overly processed those grains could be.
Some brands are healthier than others, but your best bet is to opt for a bread labeled as “whole grain” instead. Whole grains go through less processing, which keeps a higher percentage of their nutrient content intact due to eating every part of the grain. You can still enjoy multigrain bread, but you’ll get more health benefits if those grains are 100% whole.
2. Microwave Popcorn
Is microwave popcorn bad for your health? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that the chemical diacetyl used to give it a buttery flavor could cause lung damage. The CDC cites studies that show “vapors from heated butter flavorings can cause damage to airways in animals.”
Diacetyl has also been linked to “protein damage in airway epithelium” (skin cells) which causes more concern for lung health. Though the CDC states some studies are inconclusive, “current evidence points to diacetyl as one agent that can cause flavorings-related lung disease.”