A lot of times, the information about food isn’t exactly clear on packaging, and it’s hard to eat ‘healthy’ without eliminating everything that tastes good. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it: these foods should definitely be cut from the shopping list. Here is a list of 5 foods you should never eat.
1. Beige food. Yes, it sounds difficult to eliminate a whole color from your palatte, but think about it: what good does beige do for you? The foods that typically come in beige are over-processed, cheaply made, and high in calories. Chicken nuggets, fries, mashed potatoes, and breaded anything might taste great, but they do nothing for you nutritionally. Easy fix: Make a rule to pick meals (either at home or out to eat) that show at least three colors. That way, you’ll have a variety of nutrients instead of just beige calories!
2. Campbell’s soup. Campbell’s soup has become a household item, and they have half an aisle at the grocery store dedicated to the various types of canned soup. Campbell’s is a necessary addition to many casseroles and dishes, and a comfort in sickness or cold weather. However, it’s one of the worst foods for you. People don’t often realize that there are 2 1/2 servings to a can of Campbell’s — not 1. Furthermore, there is so much sodium in that 1 serving. Easy fix: Choose a healthier soup at the store, such as Healthy Choice. If you do opt for Campbell’s, add water to the cream soups instead of milk to cut some of the calories.
3. Margarine sticks. One of the highest sources of trans and saturated fat, margarine sticks are not good for you. It’s tough to go from a lifestyle of adding margarine to everything (sandwiches, breakfast, vegetables, etc) to cut it out, but it’s one of the best things you can do for your heart and health. Easy fix: Use a smaller amount of butter, or simply find another topping. For sandwiches, add a bit of oil and vinegar for moisture, and for your waffles, try adding just syrup. It’ll be weird the first couple of times, but your body will thank you.
4. Frozen pot pies. Just like we talked about in ‘Beige food,’ the crust in pot pies is especially bad for you. The worst thing about pot pies is that they seem great: a serving of peas, white meat, and carrots can’t be so bad, right? Actually, it can be really bad. Easy fix: Eat the ingredients of the pot pie separately, without the crust. Make your own bake that includes carrots, peas, chicken, olive oil, and whatever other ingredients you like. Cook it on the stove for a great stir fry, or make it in the microwave for the same convenient feel.
5. Canned fruit. Canned fruit is coated in a thick syrup full of sugar and calories. Even if you strain your fruit, so much of the syrup is absorbed that you get all the bad stuff anyways. Easy fix: Buy frozen fruit instead of canned fruit. Fruit is picked at the height of the season, then flash frozen so that it tastes almost the same as fresh fruit. You’ll save money and be healthier when you choose this option.