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

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11. Potato chips

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Potato chips are just as bad for you as french fries. They’re fried in oil, coated in sodium, and grossly lacking in the amount of protein and fiber you need to feel full after s snack.

The real problem with potato chips is that they don’t offer you anything of value no matter how many you eat. An 8 ounce bag of potato chips gives you 1,217 calories — over half the average person’s daily intake — 120 grams of carbohydrates, and almost 80 total grams of fat. One thousand calories of potato chips won’t give you the vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients 1,000 calories of real food will. It’s not a substitute. It’s tempting to eat as many as you can tolerate at once, but you’re going to end up eating thousands of empty calories per day unnecessarily.

What to eat instead: Slice a potato as thin as you can, lay the slices on top of foil on a baking sheet, and slide them into the oven. It’s not quite the same, but there’s no temptation to devour an entire bag of chips in one sitting.

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