4. OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS
Many of you would have heard of the magical benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids that are present in walnuts, salmons and chia seeds. But one should be careful not to confuse it with Omega-6 fatty acids. This is found in butter, pork, chicken thighs, cookies and many other foods. Omega-6 basically slows down the metabolism. In the past, our diet used to have a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 but now the markets everywhere are flooded with vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils. Both these oils cause inflammation and are correlated with obesity. A study published in the journal Nutrients stated that high consumption of Omega-6 or high consumption of the ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 result in an increase of the weight while high intake of Omega-3 decreases the chances of gaining weight. The results of this study are said to be true for both humans and animals. The same study has shown that a resistance against insulin is developed by Omega-6 fatty acids. This creates a resistance for our body to store sugar from the carbohydrates that we consume for our future use. This turns the consumed carbohydrates into fats and results in weight gain.
5. SODA (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
This is nothing new to know that one should stay at an arm’s distance from high fructose corn syrup. If it is consumed, it causes metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions which include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, stroke and a few more. Fructose is very commonly present in many foods and drinks. It is cheap and very damaging for the body. Fructose consumed in the same amount as other sugar is more damaging for us. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has stated that consuming high fructose corn syrup makes one obese due to the adverse effects it has on one’s metabolism.
From all this discussion, it has now become very clear which foods and drinks should be avoided to keep our metabolism good. All processed foods effect our metabolism and slow it down. These foods are unhealthy and cause many other health issues too.
One should try their best to avoid processed stuff and should eat organic food. Preference to organic poultry, drinks, fruits and vegetables should be given to keep the weight in the right place.