21 Terrible Ingredients You Should Stop Using (Part 3)

  1. Packaged Egg Whites – “Eggs that come out of a container are not a health food,” said Dana James, CDN, a nutritionist from Food Coach NYC. “This kind of product is processed so much that makers have to add synthetic vitamins to boost its nutrient density. This is as far removed from a natural egg as you can get.”


  1. Fruit Juice – Fruit juices, while delicious, are very high in sugar because they contain 100 percent fruit without the fiber that stabilizes your blood sugar. Aside from that, there are several brands that add cane sugar, which further add to the overall sweetness of the juices. Instead of juice, try blending fruits into a smoothie with a variety of greens, such as kale or spinach.


  1. Turkey Bacon – There’s no way to deny it: Bacon makes everything taste better. But if you think you’re making a healthy choice by substituting regular bacon for turkey bacon, you’ve got it all wrong. Although turkey bacon has about 13 fewer calories per slice, it is higher in saturated fat and sodium.


  1. Sugar – While it may be hard to believe, dessert foods aren’t the only types of food that are packed with sugar. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans eat a staggering 82 grams of added sugar a day–37 grams above the recommended intake.


  1. Boxed Gravy – Boxed gravy doesn’t sound so appetizing, and it’s no surprise why, since its ingredients consist of corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy, and caramel color, along with a list of other unhealthy ingredients. A single serving can easily pack in 340 milligrams of sodium! So next time you’re looking for a tasty gravy to accompany your mashed potatoes, it might be worth it to make your own.


  1. Powdered Dip Mixes – Powdered mixes and seasonings, such as Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix, are filled with MSG and artificial flavors. Additionally, cheese dips for nachos have artificial colors and flavorings, aside from their food additives. Instead, try making your own dip at home by blending chickpeas, spices and herbs, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Shake N’ Bake – Kraft’s Shake N’ Bake and other familiar brands are jam-packed with partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, and other food additives. Instead, season whole-wheat panko breading or whole grain flour with the spices and herbs of your pleasing.