17. Ice Cream
Harmful Ingredients: Soybean oil, titanium dioxide, artificial coloring
Most ice creams, yes, even the premium ones, are loaded with sugar and soybean oil. This is a fat that has been linked to weight gain. Some even contain harmful artificial coloring agents and titanium, which is the same additive that gives sunblock its white hue.
Eat This Instead: Try a frozen banana homemade ice cream instead.
18. Bottled Smoothies
Harmful Ingredient: Caramel coloring, pectin, fructose, xanthan gum
Grab and go breakfasts are convenient but they certainly not healthy. These grab and go smoothies are packed with sugar, preservatives, and are really lacking any sort of real nutrition.
Drink This Instead: Start making your own smoothies at home! Freeze what you don’t use and you can drink them whenever.
19. Breakfast Biscuits
Harmful Ingredient: Trans fat
Making biscuits from scratch takes forever, and the majority of the packaged varieties are chock full of trans fats, an artificial fat—invented to make baked goods more shelf-stable—that’s been linked heart disease. Each of Mary B’s Buttermilk Biscuits carries three grams a pop (which is more than a day’s worth). And though the nutrition label on Pillsbury Grands! Buttermilk Biscuits reads “0 grams” in the trans fat column, it’s made with hydrogenated soybean oil—a dead giveaway that there are traces of the dangerous fat in the biscuits.
Eat This Instead: Thomas “nooks and crannies” save you from trans fats and will save you 90 calories.
20. Pancake Syrup
Harmful Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring
Your favorite syrup brands like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Buttersworth are made with two ingredients that are harmful to your health. They contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.
Eat This Instead: The best syrup for your health and your waist line is a Grade A Medium Amber syrup. Remember, a little goes a long way with this highly concentrated stuff.