Foods Proven to Cause Lasting Damage to Your Body

While a slice of deli meat here or a sausage link there may not seem like terrible additions to your diet, experts say otherwise.

Processed Meats

"Bacon, sausage, and other processed meats, such as salami and bologna, are now deemed Class 1 carcinogens," says internist Dana Simpler, MD

If you're having dessert every night or a sugary treat to get you through the day, you could be doing serious damage to your health.

High-Sugar Snacks

That's not the only type of damage these foods can do, however. "When there is too much sugar, the cells become resistant to the insulin, leading to insulin resistance

The nutrition label may claim that microwave meal is healthy, but if you're heating it in a plastic tray, you could be setting yourself up

Microwave Meals

"No matter how healthy the food is, if you microwave it in plastic, the chemicals in the plastic—like BPA—will release into the food,

Carb-heavy and deep-fried, it likely comes as little surprise that potato chips aren't exactly a health food, but the extent to which this popular food may damage

Potato Chips

Not only can their high saturated fat and sodium content contribute to heart health issues, but regular potato chip consumption may also have you packing on the pounds.

While most experts point out that white bread is high in sugar and carbs, what many people don't realize is that this food is also high in sodium

White Bread

In fact, a 2018 study published in the journal Nutrients found that individuals who ate one or more pieces of white bread a week had a 39 percent increased risk of developing elevated blood pressure 

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