Dining Out: Foods To Avoid With High Cholesterol, Ulcer Or Belly Fat

Knowing what will be on your plate certainly helps to take the hassle out of ordering the right food when dining out. It is a juggling act of figuring; wise food choices, food preparation method, your taste inclinations, spicy or bland; and kind of accompaniment sauces and all that best sum up a healthy eating experience for you.

Foods To Avoid With High Cholesterol: Deep Fried Foods

Deep fried vegetables would mean high calories, high fat content and loss of fat-soluble vitamins A and E. For example, I have a great aversion to anything – onion rings, sliced mushrooms, green peppers and zucchini – dipped in batter and deep fried; as I would rather eat them lightly-fried, crisp and freshly flavored, with all their natural juices sealed in. In fact, deep frying can pose some nasty health risks.

You run the risk of high cholesterol heart disease, cancer and obesity, when you run the gamut from deep-fried vegetables to potatoes and nuts, rich in bad fats like saturated fat and trans fat. Worse still, foods fried in fat on high heat may contain acrylamide, a possible carcinogen. Scary, isn’t it?

Foods To Avoid With Ulcer: Spicy Foods

Despite what some may say, that spicy foods do not cause heartburn or stomach ulcer, I am more inclined to think otherwise. Just think – if chopping raw chilli peppers can burn your skin, what worse things it can do inside your mouth!

An Oxford article reported that capsaicin, the active ingredient in chilli, is effective against prostate cancer cells ‘in an average way’. That is putting it mildly, kind of lukewarm, not wishing to disappoint nor hurt.

Then I hit on a more strident note coming from John Prescott, a university professor and journal editor. Yes, he says, capsaicin can cause tissues to become inflamed; worse, it can also damage the lining of your stomach or intestines, that is, if you have eaten chilies just enough to be a hazard. That sounds more like it as I do not even trust a pimento for all its acclaimed sweetness.

Foods To Avoid With Belly Fat: Thick Sauces And Gravies

Thick sauces are synonymous with thick waists! When food is served smothered in gravy, the natural, delicate flavor of whole foods is lost. The high fat content and not-so-healthy thickener like all-purpose flour are mostly to be blamed.

In fact, there are quite a number of healthier, gluten-free alternatives to flour: tapioca starch, cornstarch, arrowroot, and potato starch. Then there are sauces without thickening like low fat fruit and vegetable sauces which whet your appetite and the nutrient content of foods served.

However, food cooked with flavoring ingredients like onions, and garlic seldom need to be doused with thick sauces, as bulbous and green herbs can make healthy food more appetizing and palatable.

Source by Kez Sze

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