12 Worst Processed Foods You Must Avoid (and What to Eat Instead)

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10. Bottled maple syrup

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Go ahead, drown those waffles in syrup — if you want to make yourself sick.

By itself, syrup from maple trees is made purely of sugar. Manufacturers add all kinds of chemicals, including different forms of sugar, to be able to sell it in stores and make it easier to store. Bottled maple syrup weights in at 14 grams of sugar per tablespoon, and plenty of added fructose. According to research, eating large amounts of high fructose corn syrup, plentiful in processed maple syrup, can lead to metabolic problems and obesity, even if you’re not constantly overeating.

What to eat instead: Try using a small amount of honey in place of processed syrup for a similar yet healthier texture and taste.

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