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Artificial sweeteners

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You may be tempted to reach for the sweetener as an alternative to sugar, thinking it’s the healthier option. Research surrounding artificial sweeteners is limited and inconclusive. Studies related to weight gain, appetite, and wider health issues have all produced varied results, so it’s clear to see why nutritionists avoid the sweet stuff like the plague.

Processed meats

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Adding salts and chemical preservatives to meats may make them tastier and last longer in your fridge but it can have adverse effects on your health. Research shows that processed meats have been linked with an increased risk of colon cancer. Although they may be an affordable option, the risk to your health isn’t worth the bargain price.

Ready meals

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Ready meals are a quick and easy dinner to whip up after a long day at work. As convenient as these frozen meals may be, they’re better off left on the shelf. Ready meals are usually extremely high in salt and fat, and very low in nutrients. Even ready meals containing vegetables should be avoided, as the salt content outweighs any nutritional value.

Pop-Tarts

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Eating a Pop-Tart first thing in the morning is the equivalent of having a candy bar for breakfast. As yummy as they may taste, these confections are mostly made up of sugar, so eating them every day can put you at risk of developing diabetes and other health problems. Stick to granola or fruit – your body will thank you for it.

Cheese

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Say it ain’t so! While cheese is considered a great source of calcium and protein, it has a dark side. The dairy product is exceedingly high in saturated fat and salt, which could give you issues such as high cholesterol and increased blood pressure. A small piece of cheese every now and then is okay – but don’t overdo it.

Doughnuts

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It’s obvious that doughnuts offer no nutritional value. But did you know just how bad they are for your body? They can cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar, can clog your arteries, and contain cancer-causing trans fats. They don’t even fulfill your appetite, leaving you hungrier later in the day. Next time someone brings a doughnut to the office, it’s best to politely decline.

Fast food burgers

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Burgers are hardly good for you at the best of times – but burgers bought from fast food chains are even worse. One patty can come from a mix of different cows, all pumped full of hormones intended for their offspring. Burgers are chock-full of sodium, cholesterol, calories, and trans fats just to name a few. Homemade alternatives are, at least, slightly better for your health.

Popcorn

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Movies and popcorn are a match made in heaven. Unfortunately for your taste buds, it might be time to break this duo up. Popcorn bought at theatres can contain 40 grams of fat and a whopping 1,000 calories – half of your recommended daily intake! Worse still, those figures are without any buttery, sugary toppings.

Soda

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Sugary sodas are one of the worst things you can drink. Studies show that frequently guzzling fizzy drinks can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Not only can they damage your health, they can also ruin your dazzling smile, leading to cavities and tooth erosion.

Pretzels

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New York street vendors may be slowly poisoning their customers with their tasty products. Pretzels, though delicious, are pretty much made out of pure sugar, making them a big no-no for the health-conscious. The sweet treats contain no nutritional value whatsoever and don’t fill you up, leading to an overconsumption of the health-destroying snack.