“Stop Eating C.R.A.P.”
C - Carbonated Drinks (Soda)
Soda is not good for a person’s health, primarily because of its sugar content. Too much sugar can have adverse effects on a person’s health. A typical 12-oz. can of soda contains 29.4 to 42 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to 7–10 teaspoons. Research conducted in 2018 found that people who regularly drink soda have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes than people who do not drink soda.
Consuming a lot of beverages sweetened with sugar can lead to:
Type 2 diabetes
Non-alcoholic liver disease
R - Refined Sugar
Consuming refined added sugars can lead to adverse side effects, such as headaches, low energy levels, inflammation and even hormonal imbalances. Refined sugars may increase your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. They’re also linked to a higher likelihood of depression, dementia, liver disease, and certain types of cancer. Because it contains virtually no beneficial compounds refined sugar is considered “empty calories”. Examples of such sugar include table sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup.
A - Artificial foods
The term "artificial food" denotes edible food made from substances that do not occur naturally. Artificial food additives are synthetic ingredients added to food to enhance its appearance, texture, taste, and freshness. Artificial food relates to the presence of any artificial ingredient, such as nutrients, artificial coloring, or artificial flavoring, that are not inherent in the food, and which possesse attributes that simulate another food. Consuming artificial ingredients can lead to ADD, ADHD, and inflammation.
P - Processed Foods
Processing changes a food from its natural state. Processed foods are essentially made by adding salt, oil, sugar, fat, starches, hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, preservatives, or other substances. They may also contain additives like artificial colors and flavors or stabilizers. Examples of these foods are frozen meals, soft drinks, hot dogs and cold cuts, fast food, packaged cookies, cakes, and salty snacks.
A recent study published in the journal "Cell Metabolism," compared the effects of a processed diet to the effects of an unprocessed diet on calorie intake and weight gain. The researchers found that study subjects consumed about 500 more kcal per day on the processed diet vs. the unprocessed diet. The processed diet was also marked by an increased intake of carbohydrate and fat, but not protein. Participants gained on average two pounds during the processed diet phase, and lost two pounds during the unprocessed diet phase, concluding that limiting ultra-processed foods may be an effective strategy for preventing and treating obesity.