5. Fruit Juice
Harmful Ingredient: Fructose
With claims like “it’s all natural!” and “organic,” it’s easy to get swept away by the marketing when it comes to buying fruit juice. While it may be 100% juice, this beverage is often packed with as much sugar as 4 Krispy Kreme donuts or 36 grams of sugar per cup. The sweet flavor you might love comes from fructose, which is a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose, also known as, belly fat.
Drink This Instead: Instead of drinking another glass of fruit juice, why not just try some good old fashioned, hydrating water. Want to mix it up a little bit? Simply slice up some grape fruit, limes, or lemons for an extra kick of flavor. You can also add mint or berries as well.
6. White Sugar
Harmful Ingredient: Sugar
The CDC has stated that Americans eat a whopping 82 grams of added sugar per day. This is 37 grams above the recommended daily intake. There’s another factor to white sugar that’s actually a little gross. Refined white sugar is bleached in a process that entails the sugar going through “bone char” or “natural carbon”. These are just fancy terms for charred cattle bones. Confectioner sugar and brown sugar can also be culprits to this gross process.
Eat This Instead: Stick to organic cane or turbinado sugar. These both can be found at your local supermarket.
7. Sugary Cereal
Harmful Ingredients: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), refined carbs, added sugar
Consuming too much-refined sugar can eventually lead to obesity. Sugar wreaks havoc on the body. Also, other illnesses and disease that are caused by eating refined sugar are diabetes and heart disease. Most breakfast cereals pack more sugar into one serving than an entire Krispy Kreme Boston donut. Even worse, many popular varieties like Frosted Flakes and Fruity Pebbles are also laced with Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), ingredients that are banned in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and much of Europe because they are thought to be carcinogenic.
Eat This Instead: Cascadian Farms Chocolate O’s and Nature’s Path Peanut Butter Panda Puffs are both flavor-packed, low-sugar picks that don’t contain any scary chemicals.
8. Diet Sodas
Harmful Ingredients: Caramel coloring, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), Bisphenol A (BPA), aspartame
Your favorite diet soda isn’t as innocent as the marketing would lead you to believe. Diet sodas like Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper all contain artificial coloring, flame retardants, and waist widening fake sugars. Nearly all diet sodas contain the very dangerous ingredient, aspartame. This dangerous artificial sweetener has been known to raise glucose levels and overloads the liver resulting in excess fat. Diet Mountain Dew and Fresca aren’t safe bets either. They contain an ingredient called BVO, which is a chemical used in rocket fuel and flame retardants. This may negatively affect thyroid hormones.
Eat This Instead: Most companies have phased out BVO use in their sodas, but all diet drinks still contain aspartame.