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5 Ingredients to Avoid

A Chips Ahoy cookie here, a Coke with lunch. There's nothing wrong with a little moderation. The thing is, though, these snacks contain some harmful ingredients that when consumed on a daily basis can really affect your mood and your health. Check the labels and be on the lookout for these ingredients because they are in everything.

  1. Hydrogenated oil (often labeled as trans fat): It's made through a process that turns free-flowing oil into a lard-like solid at room temperature. The food industry uses it because it's inexpensive and increases shelf life of products, so companies can increase their profits. Eating this trans fat increases the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body and is bad for your heart.
  2. Enriched flour: All the grain’s nutrients are destroyed in the refining process. Companies add a little bit of the lost nutrients back and label it “enriched” so it seems nutritious. Fewer nutrients mean you'll be feeling hungry soon after, so choose foods made with whole grains instead.
  3. High-fructose corn syrup: Your body processes this differently than good old-fashioned cane sugar. It contains more fructose than sugar and converts to fat more easily, which can cause weight gain.
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  5. Refined sugar: When you put sugar into your system, you experience a sugar high that rapidly raises your blood-sugar levels. So two hours later, you crash, feeling tired and empty. Sugar that is naturally combined with fat or fiber sources, like in fresh fruits, will absorb into your body much slower, helping you avoid the roller-coaster sugar ride.
  6. Saturated fats: These are found mostly in animal products such as butter, cream, hot dogs, beef, and skin from chicken. They increase your cholesterol levels and clog your precious arteries, which causes cardiovascular disease.


Join The Conversation
figgins figgins 9 years
Actually its partially hydrogenated oils that are trans fats, the completely hydrogenated oils are the saturated fats. I'm a chemist and notice that a lot of people get this wrong.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
they basically are in EVERYTHING
barbienaki barbienaki 9 years
Their are so yummie though... But I'll try t avoid them...thanks!
ckal ckal 9 years
These rules follow the "YOU on a diet" way of eating. It's super difficult at first to find foods that don't have these ingredients but it is possible. You may take a little bit longer next time you go grocery shopping, but soon you'll know which products are good and which are not so good.
haute77 haute77 9 years
I try to avoid snacks altogether because it's so hard to find things that don't contain some form of these products. :)
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years
I need to start reading labels again...but, everything without these ingredients are usually expensive and I'm virtually unemployed so...I take what I can get!
vegan-musician vegan-musician 9 years
give the local bakery a shot! almost every one makes a whole wheat bread, and if you ask, they'll do it w/o honey or egg wash. spelt bread is yummy, too!
moonlite moonlite 9 years
HariboLicorice, whey ISN'T healthy for you and it DOESN'T make you live longer. don't go around telling vegans to eat "healthy" animal products if you don't have your facts straight. pandacn, i buy whole grain bread flavored with flaxseed from whole foods (i'm vegan too). i keep it in the fridge and it lasts for weeks. keep searching various grocery stores around where you live, sooner or later you'll find some brands you like that don't contain any animal products.
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 9 years
Cool, I avoid all of these, but mostly HFCS--like the plague.
Skinny1 Skinny1 9 years
always read the package! ;)
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Pandacn... I'm vegan too... have you tried hemp bread? I know it sounds hippy-ish.. but it's really, really good and good for you. I buy it at whole foods and earth fare. I think any health food store would carry it.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Yeah, Chips Ahoy aren't exactly health food. Any time I want cookies, I make them myself. Of course, I just use regular flour and butter, but I still think they're healthier than Chips Ahoy.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Very good blog...the enemies need to be known!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Mmmmm Chips Ahoy...
feelthesun feelthesun 9 years
It's so hard to stay away from those ingredients. I know eating more cleanly would help in my weightloss, but unfortunately I just grab things in a hurry.
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 9 years
PANDACN- That's why I get my bread from Mestemacher foods. If you google it, they have great stuff. I get it at Whole Foods, but I know for a fact that most regular grocery stores stock it as well. I don't know if they use whey, because I'm not a vegan. Maybe you should be willing to eat whey if it means that you'll be healthier and live longer.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Jeez, EVERYTHING I look at has some of these things...even 'health' bars!!!!
pandacn pandacn 9 years
This is really helpful, but I find it hard to find bread and crackers without enriched flour used in some manner (I know Kashi has good whole grain crackers, but they all use whey and I'm a vegan). Does anyone have recommendations for good breads without enriched flour?
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Or just stay away from the processed stuff, then you don't have to worry about these.
michlny michlny 9 years
the INGREDIENTS list - is the most important information to read on the package!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
ewww yuk :P I will try and watch out for those FIT.
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