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


12. Canned fruit

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Canned fruit is appealing for several reasons. One: you can store it for much longer than you can store fresh fruit. Two: no pesky food prep required. Just open the can, grab a fork, and dig in.

However, advantages like these don’t come consequence-free. A single 1 cup serving of canned peaches has 39 grams of sugar. It has some protein and fiber as well, but not an amount significant enough to count toward your daily needs. Fruits canned in heavy syrup fall prety to the same hazards as bottled maple syrups. They’re loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other additives you just don’t need in your body.

What to eat instead: Whole fruit is the best alternative to canned fruit. Convenience isn’t really that great of an excuse, since you can eat some fruits, like apples, without any slicing or peeling beforehand. There are some fruits, like watermelon, you can slice up and keep in the fridge for several days before it spoils. Seal prepared fruit in an airtight container to make it last longer.

It’s hard to quit processed foods for good. Start by cutting back on the junk foods you eat most often and go from there. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel without so many food additives and excess nutrients hanging around in your body.

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