We all know what we like to keep on hand come meal or snack time – but be sure to steer clear of these 7 food items you should keep out of your kitchen next time you’re out grocery shopping.
Pork sausage is a hodgepodge of animal parts and spices stuffed into a tube made from the intestines of an animal. It is always unproportionately high in animal fat compared to the amount of protein. If that isn’t unappetizing enough, most sausage brands have unnatural fillers like carrageenan or monosodium glutamate (MSG) to add to the flavor quality of the product. MSG is a neurotoxin and can add to the buildup of fat cells around the waistline. While I’m all for moderation – This is one worth skipping.
Pasta in itself can be one of the most delightful additions to a meal, however white pasta really plays no part in a healthy diet. The body breaks down white or simple carbohydrates into sugar which can cause a spike in insulin that throws off your blood sugar, increases inflammation and the release of cortisol ultimately leading to an acidic body and extra belly fat. Try preparing zucchini Linguini, Quinoa or Brown Rice Pasta instead.
If your self control ends at the supermarket checkout line, be sure to skip past America’s sweetheart: Oreos. A serving size in three cookies – but lets be honest – who ever only eats three? The amount of sugar and fat contained between two chocolate cookies and a creme center is staggering and fires up the pleasure center brain the way a drug would. Is it any wonder they are so addicting? Instead, reach for some dark chocolate and a glass of almond milk.
There’s nothing quite like mom’s chicken noodle soup on a cold day or if you’re sick. Canned soup is easily stored, has practically no expiration date and easy to prepare, but you should probably only keep it around for the zombie apocalypse and other desperate situations. Canned soup is loaded with salt, preservatives, and BPA (synthetic estrogen) that is leaked into the food from the can itself. If you want soup, try making it fresh and freezing some leftovers, or look for low-sodium soups in a BPA free container like glass.
Water might need a little spice every now and then which is why Crystal Light became so popular. What can be wrong with a little lemonade? Well, nothing when it’s actually made from lemons. Crystal light however is sugar-free, but contains aspartame which is a known neurotoxin that can actually lead to cellular loss. There are also harmful food dyes that give each flavor its distinct and representative color. You could instead infuse water with fruit and herbs or try a healthier pre-packaged option like True Lemon.
Skipping the chip aisle completely is in your best interest and while pretzels might seem like a healthier alternative to fried corn chips, the truth is they don’t any quality nutrition to a healthy diet. They became popular during the ‘low fat’ craze, but they remain in the ‘white food’ family and should therefore be avoided as they won’t fill you up and you’ll just keep eating them adding to your calorie count for the day without actually fueling your body.
Stop – drop – and never touch canola oil again. It is a genetically modified product that the Canadians invented as it turned out to be cheap to manufacture with a high smoke point. Since then Monsanto has made 87% of all canola grown in the US a GMO crop. Most packaged foods contain it however much healthier alternatives include: Olive Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Avocado Oil.