Wednesday, April 24, 2013

5 Foods to Avoid

We all know it’s important to read our food labels but how many of us really do?  Especially, when it comes to makers that we’ve grown to trust like Campbells.  But just because something is familiar, doesn’t mean it is healthy.  In order to maintain a healthy body we need to be aware of what goes into it.  Read below for a list of foods you should avoid. 

Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup is packed with sodium.  Half of a cup contains 890 mg of sodium.  You would almost be better off eating a large order of fries at McDonalds, which has 350 mg! 

Frozen “Diet” Meals contain a variety of preservatives that spell out trouble for your body.  Most frozen meals include BHT (Butulated Hydroxytoluene) to keep the food from going bad.  BHT may contain cancer-causing agents and has been linked to kidney damage.  Make fresh food and take the leftovers for lunch instead. 

Canned or Packaged Fruits can contain up to 26 grams of sugar. A can of Red Bull contains 27 grams of sugar.  The fructose syrup the fruit marinates in may impose dangerous side effects on your body such as Type 2 Diabetes, Weight Gain, and Hypertension.  Eating fresh fruits will reduce these side effects and is a natural, healthy way to get sugar. 

Chicken Pot Pies are deceptive, containing vegetables and white meat chicken but most pies have on average 1000 calories and 18 grams of fat, not to mention the preservatives.  Chicken breast and steamed vegetables are a much healthier and nutritious meal. 

Doughnuts are made with trans fats, which have been banned by some governments.  Trans fats increase your bad or LDL cholesterol and at the same time lower your body’s good or HDL cholesterol.  This increases your risk of heart disease.  “Partially hydrogenated” vegetable oil is another name for trans fats so be sure to inspect your food labels!  

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