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

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6. Bottled salad dressing

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You probably don’t think about it, but it only takes 10 seconds to ruin a perfectly healthy salad. The health benefits you get from a few servings of spinach and other veggies don’t count when they’re covered in saturated fat.

Bottled ranch salad dressing is a mixture of mayonnaise, buttermilk, and a number of ingredients to add flavor. Processed dressing also contains preservatives, artificial colorings, and enhanced flavorings to make it last longer. One tablespoon comes out to over 7 grams of fat — which doesn’t seem like a lot, until you realize a tablespoon is the size of the tip of your thumb. You dump a whole lot more than that onto your side salad, and you know it.

What to eat instead: Stay away from creamy bottled dressings like french and ranch. You can also make your own basic, light vinaigrette dressing with no more than four ingredients from your kitchen.

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