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10 Foods You Should Never Ever Eat!

10 Foods You Should Never Ever Eat!

When you are trying to be healthy, sometimes knowing what foods are bad for you is as important as knowing which foods you should be eating. While there are, sadly, a wide range of unhealthy foods out there, some stand out from the crowd in terms of the risks they pose if eaten. Below are ten foods you should never, ever eat if you truly want to be healthy.

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    1. Margarine

    Because it is based on vegetable rather than animal products, margarine has a completely undeserved reputation for being “light” or “healthy” and many people will choose this over butter. The problem? The vegetable oils that make up many margarines have been hydrogenated so that they will stay solid at room temperature – and this means that they are rich in trans fats. Trans fats are dangerous because they can lead to a build-up of bad cholesterol in the arteries – and this increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes.

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      2. Processed Meats

      Hot dogs on the fourth of July or a ham and Swiss sandwich are about as American as it gets. But there is a reason why they are on this list of foods that are bad for you. Processed meats might taste incredibly good, but they are not exactly good for you!  As a matter of fact, a study came out just this year which linked an increased or high consumption of processed meats with an increased risk for colon cancer. Unfortunately, this includes not only hot dogs and ham, but deli meats, sausage, bacon and other processed products.

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        3. Soft Drinks

        After water, soft drinks (as a group) remain the most popular beverage in the United States. But the Coca Cola generation should beware: the high amounts of sugar (usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup) in these drinks can spell trouble. These beverages raise the levels of blood sugar in the body and over time, this can mean problems like insulin resistance, which can eventually turn into full-blown diabetes. And they won’t help your waistline, either.

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          4. Artificial Sweeteners

          Nearly every product labeled “diet”, “light” or “sugar free” is going to have some form of artificial sweetener such as sucralose or aspartame. Sadly, it is often people who are trying to reach their weight loss goals who buy such products – but the truth is that these sweeteners have been linked to increased blood sugars and to even more serious problems like an increased risk for diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. It is better to use small amounts of regular sugar – or better yet, cut the sugar out altogether.

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            5. Deep-Fried Foods

            Deep-fried foods like French fries, onions rings and the like are also American classics – what diner would be the same without them? But unfortunately, though they taste delicious, they are pretty hard on your body. They have tons of saturated fat because of the way they are prepared which can lead to problems with heart disease as well as obesity and diabetes to boot.

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              6. Microwave Popcorn

              Families all over America curl up on the couch for movie night with microwave popcorn. But this, too, is an unhealthy habit. True, many companies offer “light” versions of this treat with less fat or sodium, but that is not the real problem. The problem is actually in the lining of the popcorn bag itself. It contains a chemical called perfluoroctanic acid (PFOA) which has been associated with thyroid gland disorders, cancer and lung disease.

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                7. Canned Foods

                Canned foods – whether it’s tomato soup, beans, or vegetables – are another staple of the American diet and are incredibly convenient. However, the linings of these cans contain a compound called Bisphenol A, or BPA, which leaches into these canned food products. BPA is suspected of interfering with hormone levels and causing problems like early puberty and obesity.

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                  8. Instant Noodles

                  Ramen noodles are the traditional go-to food of college students across the country, but they don’t exactly make for a healthy meal.  They are loaded with calories while provide very few nutrients and are over-the-top high in sodium. Sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure, which in turn is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Consumption of these noodles have been linked to increased cholesterol and other health problems as well.

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                    9. White Bread

                    Who doesn’t remember Wonder Bread sandwiches in their packed lunch every day when they were in school? Sadly, white bread, too, has been exposed for the danger that it is. Because the grain white bread is made from has been stripped of its germ and bran, it has almost no nutrients on its own – these have to be added artificially! It has also been linked to issues like high blood sugar, increased weight and an increased chance for developing diabetes.

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                      10. Soy Products

                      Like margarine, soy products have a reputation for being healthy – and are a staple in the diets of many vegetarians, vegans and health-conscious people. However, they have compounds called isoflavones which mimic the human hormone estrogen and which can cause issues with fertility and reproduction, puberty and childhood growth and development.

                      Now you know the foods that are bad for you. Yes, many of these foods are considered to be American classics – but the health risks involved are just not worth adding them to your diet. Look, instead, for healthy alternatives to these favorites, such as organic, grass-fed butter instead of margarine or whole grain bread instead of white. These foods are every bit as delicious and are much better for your body.

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                      Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                      Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                      That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                       1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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                        Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                        2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                          If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                          3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                            It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                            4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                              Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                              5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                                Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                                6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                                  These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                                  7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                                    You never know when you might need some.

                                    8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                                      Get all the info you need here.

                                      9. Sangria!

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                                        We know what’s really important. How to here!

                                        10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                          By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                          11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                            Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                            12. DIY shower.

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                                              All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                              13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                                Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                                14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                                  15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                                    Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                                    16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                                      Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                      17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                                        It’s that easy!

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                                                        18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                          Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                          19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                            20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                              That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                              21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                                For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                                22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                                  You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                                  23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                                    Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                                    24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                                      By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                                      25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                                        26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                          Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                          27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                            That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                            28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                              Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                              29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                                Get them while you can!

                                                                                30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                                  With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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