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5 Foods You Should Never Eat

A balanced and varied diet is the easiest and most effective way to live a healthy lifestyle, where you feel good in yourself, full of energy and ready to battle any illness that comes your way. There are, however, a few foods that you should avoid in order to make sure you’re not making yourself unwell or throwing your body out of balance:

Rotten food

Admittedly there are certain types of food that are okay to be eaten “rotten”: technically blue cheese is filled with mould, and kimchi and sauerkraut are both fermented cabbage – in fact, properly fermented food is recommended as an excellent source of probiotics which are helpful for your gut and digestive system.

The kinds of rotten food that you probably shouldn’t indulge in are those you find in the back of the fridge or left out to rot in the sun – meat that’s days past its use by date, or vegetables that are crawling with maggots. The kind of bacteria that grows on items like this can cause serious food poisoning – that’s if you manage to get it down in the first place!

Nuts

…or at least those with nut allergies should avoid them. If your body experiences a reaction to a specific food or food type, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t eat it. Nuts are a particularly common one that can result in anything from a mild irritation in the mouth to digestive problems such as bloating, and even severe anaphylactic shock. If you suspect that you might have an intolerance or an allergy to a specific food group, a genetic NutriQlu test can give you an insight into your personal sensitivities and predisposition towards reacting to certain foods. That way, you can know what to avoid in future so that you don’t experience uncomfortable and potentially harmful symptoms.

Anything in a Bushtucker Trial

For those of you that have watched I’m a Celebrity, you’ll know immediately why you should never eat anything you’re offered as part of a Bushtucker Trial. Celebrities are faced with a menu of foods that are technicallyedible, but are ever-increasingly disgusting each year and totally unpalatable. Cockroach milkshake, anyone? While these trials originally began quite mildly when the series launched in 2002 with bush tucker that really would have provided sustenance for anyone living out in Australia’s bush, today the trials are designed for shock factor, and we really doubt the nutritional value of a single live spider or chewing and spitting out a fish eye! 

That’s not to say that you should entirely rule out insects from your diet though. Studies have shown that, while they’re not yet a staple of a Western diet, insects have high protein content and are a much more sustainable method than most other farmed meats. You just might want to try them fried or baked rather than live and kicking first!

The Cinnamon Challenge

The cinnamon challenge is a viral internet challenge that sees participants attempting to consume a full tablespoon of cinnamon powder in 60 seconds without a drink. It was first seen around 2001 but gained popularity in 2014. 

While it sounds pretty horrific to anyone at a first glance, the cinnamon challenge isn’t only just unpalatable for the sharp burn of the cinnamon itself, but it can be very dangerous. Participants will not only be seen gagging and coughing out clouds of cinnamon as they attempt to swallow the powder, but the risks are worse than that. It’s only too easy to choke on the dry powder, and it can be inhaled into the lungs, causing inflammation resulting in breathing difficulties, pneumonia or even collapsed lungs. 

Fortunately the trend has now tailed off, but others will always pop up in its place. Always consider the dangers to your health and your body when faced with a viral challenge like this.

Food you don’t like

It really goes without saying that you shouldn’t eat food you don’t like. Choking down sprouts just because someone said they’re good for you when they taste bitter and make you feel sick isn’t a good idea.

What’s life without good food?!

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try new foods or give ones you’ve always thought you disliked another go in future, as it may turn out that your palate has changed. But if you don’t enjoy a food and it makes you feel unwell to eat it, leave it alone and choose something you do like instead!

Back to reality now, sorry for the click-bait title! Social media is absolutely riddled with articles proclaiming that X is the ONLY food you should be eating, and you should never, under any circumstances, consume Y.

In reality, apart from the foods and circumstances we’ve mentioned above, there are really no foods that you should nevereat. In fact, eating a wide variety of different foods and food types is what makes for a healthy and fulfilling diet. If you have one of the junk foods, such as pizza or sugary drinks, that these articles proclaim you should never have every once in a while, it’s not going to ruin your healthy diet forever. Restricting your diet only to things that are completely “healthy” can also have an impact on your mental health, particularly if you already suffer from disordered eating. Instead, focusing on living a healthy lifestyle where you can and allowing yourself treats when you feel it’s right for you as part of a balanced diet will make sure that you’re both happy and healthy.


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