Food to Avoid

When there are too many options and you really, really can’t have it all!

What Kind of Food to Avoid

With so many food choices available today, it can be confusing to know what kind of food to avoid. There are a few simple guidelines that can help you choose healthier options for your diet. When purchasing fresh foods such as meats and produce for use in your cooking, avoid those that have been genetically modified or have been grown using antibiotics or hormones. Organic is best, however if this is out of your price range, be sure to wash your produce thoroughly.

When shopping for packaged food, less ingredients usually means better. When possible, avoid food that contains preservatives and artificial colors or flavors. Stick to food without high fructose corn syrup and saturated fat. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient in a food, you should probably avoid it. Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar and little nutritional value. For example, 100% fruit juice is superior to juice “cocktail” or soda pop. Avoid those foods which contain only white flour – go with whole grains if possible.

What kind of food to avoid also depends upon your allergies. Some foods which do not contain nuts, for example, may have been packaged on the same machinery as nut-bearing products, so check the labels carefully.

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