Everyone has that one food they can’t stand. Whatever it is, it’s probably because you don’t care for the taste, not because it’s harmful to eat. However, there are many foods in your local grocery store that ARE very unhealthy and should be avoided whenever possible.
Here are 5 foods to never buy at the grocery store.
Why it’s bad: Artificial creamer is full of corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, and food colorings that aren’t good for you. Plus, if you’re using non-dairy creamer because you’re lactose intolerant be aware that many of these products contain the milk protein casein – which can be problematic for your GI tract.
What to use instead: Drink your coffee black, and if you don’t have a dairy sensitivity you can use real cream, milk, or half n’ half.
Why it’s bad: Diet soda may seem like a healthy choice because many don’t contain calories, but what you’re really drinking is a chemical cocktail. Diet soda is full of artificial sweeteners, which like regular sugar triggers insulin and can cause weight gain. There are studies showing that regular diet soda consumption can increase the risk for osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. Plus, it has no nutritional value.
What to drink instead: If you like carbonated drinks, try flavored sparkling water. But at the end of the day, the best no-calorie drink is plain old water.
Why they’re bad: Sprouts have been the cause of more food-borne illness outbreaks than almost any other vegetable. This is primarily because they are grown in warm, moist conditions – a paradise for harmful bacteria. Sprouts are especially prone to harboring salmonella, listeria, and E. coli.
What to eat instead: Try cabbage, carrots, or romaine lettuce to get a similar texture.
Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn
Why it’s bad: A recent report from the FDA showed that the chemical coating used in microwave popcorn bags breaks down when cooking, producing a likely carcinogen called perfluorooctanoic. Plus, diacetyl, an ingredient found in a lot of fake butter flavoring, can cause something called “popcorn worker’s lung.” It’s a debilitating respiratory disease caused by worker’s inhaling the chemical on a regular basis. The FDA is trying to figure out whether consumers could develop the same disease by inhaling diacetyl occasionally.
What to eat instead: Buy an air popcorn popper, and drizzle olive oil or a little bit of melted butter on top. If you buy popcorn already popped, avoid brands that list diacetyl in their ingredient list.
Frozen Entrees From The Grocery Store
Why they’re bad: Many frozen food manufacturers add a lot of preservatives, plus many of the meals are loaded with sodium.
What to buy instead: If you’re tired of cooking, look for frozen meals will minimal salt and preservatives. You can also use other types of services such as an affordable personal chef or local meal delivery.