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

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5. Frozen pizza

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Don’t ruin pizza night by shoveling something frozen into your oven. Frozen pizza is one of the most heavily processed foods you can find, peppered not just with cheese and other toppings, but synthetic chemicals as well.

A pepperoni pizza from Tombstone yields 20 grams of fat, 880 milligrams of sodium, and 37 grams of carbs. That’s not what makes this and many other frozen pizzas worst picks for your Italian-style dinner, though. They’re loaded with butylated hydroxyanisole, or BHA, which research suggests may cause cancer in humans. Though the Food and Drug Administration labels BHA as ‘generally recognized as safe,’ that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t be removed from that food list anytime soon.

What to eat instead: Create your own mini pizzas using English muffins, fresh mozzarella, and homemade sauce. They won’t contain as many harmful chemicals, and they’re great for portion control due to their small size.

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