8 foods that kill

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1. Sweet things
Sugar is not only bad for the figure, it also affects our brain. Long-term consumption creates neurological problems, altering our memory and ability to learn.

2. Alcohol
Alcohol is, of course, known to damage the liver. But excessive drinking also causes long-term mental confusion and memory problems. The personal moments of our lives can be blurred, and in our daily work we can have problems retaining a name, a phone number or an address, affecting our ability to react quickly.

3. Fast Food
According to a recent study from the University of Montreal, the ‘junk food’ changes the chemicals in our brain and leads to symptoms related to depression and anxiety. This type of high-fat meal decreases the effect of dopamine, a substance responsible for happiness and a sense of well-being. Dopamine also enhances our cognitive function, learning ability, motivation and memory.

4. Frying
Fried products contain chemicals, additives, flavour enhancers that slowly destroy brain cells. However, some oils are more dangerous than others – sunflower oil is considered the most toxic of all.

5. Pre-prepared meals
Pre-prepared meals always contain more fat and are saltier than their homemade version. In addition, they contain many additives, colorings and preservatives. All this has a strong impact on your nervous system and can also increase the risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

6. Very salty food
Salt has a negative impact on your blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease. Scientific studies also show that consuming too much sodium can affect your cognitive functions and impede thought processes.

7. Processed meat
Proteins are of course essential for good health. Quality protein is found in meat. However, avoid processed meat (salami and other sausage products) , because, unlike natural proteins that help strengthen the nervous system, these weaken it. Opt for natural fish (tuna and salmon), dairy products, nuts and sprouting seed (check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprouting for the range of sprouting seeds).

8. Artificial sweeteners
When we pay attention to our figure, we assume that consuming ‘light is a good idea. These products replace sugar with artificial sweeteners that indeed contain fewer calories, but can cause much more damage. Aspartame is regularly cited as the main culprit. Consumed in large quantities, it slows down the brain and affects learning abilities.

Photos
Fried food: Dalton Scavassa
Mixed bean sprouts: Atelier Joly