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6 ‘Ultra-Processed’ Foods to Throw Out Right Now

Written By Admin on Friday, July 8, 2016 | 10:08:00 PM

The most notorious offenders are brands that contain artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. (That means anything neon-orange is out.) Your best bet is a basic kettle chip with just three simple ingredients: potatoes, olive or sunflower oil, and salt. Other good options include organic blue corn chips and popcorn, which is low in calories, high in fiber, and packed with antioxidants. Or better yet, go the DIY route. Baked kale chipsare easy to make, as are oven-roasted sweet potato chips. Follow the the step-by-step instructions in the video below.

Packaged snack cakes

Those plastic-wrapped cakes that seem to last for  years in your pantry are packed with sugar and preservatives (hence their longevity). Whipping up your own sweet treats is a better option. You can use a nutrient-rich alternative to white flour, such as chickpea or almond flour, and also cut back on sugar and butter with healthier substitutions. Sass recommends replacing half of the sugar in the recipe with pureed fruit (mashed bananas and date paste both work well); and swapping each tablespoon of butter with a half tablespoon of avocado. Craving a sweet fix, stat? “I love to take fresh fruit—berries, slices of pears, whatever is in season—and warm them in a skillet with a little lemon water. “Then I’ll make homemade crumble with almond butter, oats, and cinnamon and sprinkle it on top of the fruit.”

Certain breads

You already know to avoid ultra-processed white bread in favor of fiber-rich whole grain breads that offer a slew of good-for-you perks. But picking the right loaf can be tricky because even healthy-seeming varieties can contain additives: Bread is one of those foods where reading the ingredient list is really very important.  When in doubt, check the frozen foods section. It makes sense: Some of the healthiest breads “need to be frozen because they don’t contain any preservatives.

Diet soda

Yes, you’ve heard it before. But seriously, it’s time to ditch your diet soda stash once and for all. Besides the fact that diet soda has zero nutritional value, it contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose, and has been linked to headaches, depression, and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. If you can’t get used to plain old H2O, opt for sparkling or flavored water. Just be sure to choose one that contains only carbonated water and natural flavors.

Frozen pizza

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a minimally-processed version of pre-made pizza. The best alternative is making your own dough. She bakes a light, flaky crust from chopped up cauliflower that pleases even diehard pizza fans, and loads it up with veggies and fresh greens.


First, the bad news on candy: Most of the movie theater brands you know and love contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. But the good news, is there are better options out there. Seventy percent dark chocolate is a great alternative to candy, noting that it’s a good source of magnesium and antioxidants, which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.