By now, you know that certain foods are definite taboos in your kitchen. In almost every case, it’s the processed ones that are the culprits. Seemingly innocent snacks can be sugar or salt bombs, and lunch meats can do some serious damage to your otherwise careful diet. Some of these processed foods are no-brainers to avoid: You know to ditch the sodas and the hot dogs.
In many cases, however, there are other processed foods that creep into your grocery cart without a second thought. Though processed foods are almost unavoidable in some capacity, there are definitely some “normal” foods that should get a second thought. Moderation is ok, but loading up on these foods every week can lead to several problems, including adding extra sugar, salt, and fat to your diet. If you’re looking to get rid of a few pounds or simply feel a little healthier, you might want to consider cutting out these foods.
1. Salad dressing
Nothing says “healthy” like a good salad, but the dressing you choose can totally derail your best intentions. Unfortunately, most store-bought dressings are loaded with extra fat and calories. On top of that, the processing required can mean extra additives that make your salad not-so-natural. The next time you’re shopping, Eating Well suggests taking a look at the ingredients list before purchasing your go-to dressing. “It may alarm you that something so simple has so many ingredients that you’ve probably never heard of,” Eating Well writes.
Some of those ingredients are to preserve the dressing while others are to improve the texture, Eating Well explains. But if you’re really looking to make your salad worth eating, it’s best to choose dressings that are based in olive oil, the Concord Medical Weight Loss Center advises. To ensure freshness (and no added ingredients you can’t pronounce), you can even make your own versions like this Simple Vinaigrette from Serious Eats.