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6 Ingredients Everyone Should Avoid

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There are many ways to skin a cat, so the saying goes, but when it comes to your health, the rules are a bit tighter. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, or simply live healthier, some substances in foods are just bad news. They taste delicious and look torturously appetizing, but you will pay for indulging in them. Here are six ingredients everyone should avoid.

1. Trans Fats

Some varieties of vegetable oil contain trans fats, which is bad news if you’re trying to improve your health. If you’ve ever seen fried foods just dripping in vegetable oil, now you know why. You can get oils containing monounsaturated fats and unsaturated fats, which are good for you; but if your vegetable oil contains trans fats (even a little of which can prove unhealthy), then it’s time for a change.

2. High Fructose

When digested, fructose goes straight to the liver. Unfortunately, the liver’s storage capacity is small, so the fructose is then passed on to the fat cells in the body. High fructose consumption is a leading cause for obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. You’ll find high fructose in items like corn syrup, certain cereal bars, apple sauce and canned fruit.

3. Anything That Says ‘Fat Free’

This is a tricky way advertisers get usually health conscious people to still buy products loaded with sugars or preservatives. Taking the fat content out of ingredients generally diminishes its taste, so manufacturers make up for the difference by loading on sweeteners and flavoring. Genuinely healthy food doesn’t need to market itself as ‘fat free’. If you find something that has to state it’s devoid of fat, check the ingredients to see what else it’s got.

4. Butane

Fast food makers throw butane on some of their foods to give it a ‘fresh’ taste, but all it really does it make the food processed. If ever you see someone say they bought a hamburger or a chicken nugget years ago and it hasn’t decomposed or changed at all, that’s likely because it’s been pumped with butane – the same way celebrities pump Botox in their faces.

5. Propylene Glycol

You may not immediately recognize propylene glycol, but you’ll probably know it by its more common name: antifreeze. The same substance that prevents your car from freezing over is the same substance that is found in cake mix, ice cream and some salad dressings. The FDA recognizes propylene glycol as ‘generally safe‘, but cautions that excessive intake is still dangerous.

Avoiding these ingredients can be especially difficult, especially if you have a habit of shopping online – a great way to save money, but it does make it more difficult to keep track of which ingredients are making their way into your body. When shopping online, always look for ingredients lists (there are tons of apps like Fooducate that should provide you with this information) and look for foods that have been recommended by reputable authorities (like these products that were supported by Dr. Oz).

Losing weight can be a huge challenged, especially in a world that is full of information and misinformation – it’s hard to know where to go. However, don’t be discouraged; great health is a lifelong pursuit where a little effort goes a long way.

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