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Eight Unhealthy Ingredients We Don’t Need In Our Foods

Trans Fats

These fats are considered the “bad fats” and are linked to increased LDL levels (bad cholesterol), which can increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Tran’s fats are found in so many foods such as margarine, muffins, bread, pizza, cookies, cake, and donuts. Don’t be fooled by labels that have zero grams of trans fat.

Decoding facts: Stay away from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils.

Artificial Sweeteners

Dozens of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes have hit the grocery store shelves and we all need to steer clear from using them in our foods and beverages. Here’s why! Some of these artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer and they tend to be much sweeter than white sugar. They also have been linked to weight gain and can disrupt your gut health. Artificial sweeteners can be found in sodas, gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, snacks, and a bunch of other processed foods.

Decoding facts: Avoid consuming products with aspartame, sucrose, dextrose, cane sugar, acesulfame potassium, agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, sugar alcohols (xylitol, and sorbitol), fructose, galactose, glucose, lactose, and maltose.

Artificial Preservatives

Artificial preservatives can be problematic for people with asthma and allergies. Also, some preservatives are known to increase hyperactivity in children an