9. Coffee Creamer
Harmful Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, trans fats, added sugar
Want to know what your sunscreen and coffee creamer have in common? They both contain titanium dioxide. This is also known as a radiation blocker that doubles as a whitening agent. Aside from being in conventional creamers, it’s also been found in bottles labeled ‘healthy’. The additive has been proven to cause liver and tissue damage in mice. Aside from all of this information, creamers are loaded with trans fats. These are cleverly disguised as hydrogenated oil. Most, if not all, of Coffee Mate’s products, have this scary ingredient. It has also been shown to diminish memory in adults under 45 years old. This is one ingredient you can forget to leave off your grocery list.
10. Processed Meats
Harmful Ingredients: Nitrate, excess sodium
Deli meats like bacon, sausage, or lunch meats could be putting your life at risk. Many of these meats contain nitrates, which is a preservative that interferes with the body’s natural ability to process sugar. This can increase the risk for diabetes and also puts you at risk for developing thyroid or colon cancer. Think that’s bad? Well, it gets worse. Processed meats are also loaded with sodium which is a known contributor to diseases like hypertension. Sodium can also make you bloat and can increase your risk of developing heart disease.
Eat This Instead: Boar’s Head All Natural Roasted Turkey breast is free of nitrates and is relatively low in sodium. Applegate Natural’s Natural Slow Cooked Ham and Organic Bacon are also good alternatives. These can be found in the meat and deli section of your grocery store.
11. Deep Fried Foods
Harmful Ingredient: Hydrogenated Oil
Fried chicken, fried mozzarella sticks, and fried calamari, and even french fries are trouble for your body. Aside from wreaking havoc on your waist line, these fried treats are made with hydrogenated oil. This has been known to cause depression in certain individuals. Hydrogenation is a process that turns vegetable oil into a more solid form; therefore making it a more shelf-stable product. Hydrogenated oils contain trans fats that contribute to depression, clogged arteries, and heart disease.
Eat This Instead: Always oven bake your food.
12. Frozen Entrees
Harmful Ingredient: Sodium, trans fats
Preservatives and artificial fillers and mounds of sodium that wreak havoc on your body and waist line, that’s what frozen entrees are made of.
Eat This Instead: Choose healthy, organic and low-sodium frozen options. Also be sure to check the sugar levels and avoid meals with trans fats.