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Worst of the Worst: 15 Processed Foods That Are Ruining Our Health

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Processed foods are popular because they’re convenient, even though we all know junk food is bad for us. Families with children are particularly susceptible to the lure of processed foods because they are so pressed for time. But while they’re fine on occasion, the easy, cheap calories in processed foods are damaging our health and it’s best to avoid them whenever possible. Here’s a look at 15 of the very worst offenders.

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15 Unhealthy Processed Foods That Are Ruining Our Health

Soda

Regular sodas are loaded with sugar and, with little to no nutritional value, should only be consumed very infrequently. But what's surprising is that diet soda drinkers are actually more likely to develop metabolic syndrome and in some studies appear more likely to gain weight. While the causes aren't clear, one thing we know for certain is that there's nothing wrong with an old-fashioned glass of water while which keeps the body hydrated, and promotes better digestion, and protects tissue and organs.
Does diet soda cause weight gain?
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For some processed food choices you can feel good about, check out Self‘s 2012 Food Awards.

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  2. I think what gets me most to overeat are the TV commercials that are all too appealing. And, I’m usually watching them after eating my evening meal. So, it’s off the the kitchen for a ‘snack’. If we want to get serious about obesity in the US, then we might consider banning TV ads for food. I think the bans helped a lot with alcohol and smoking. But, I know that’s not going to happen, so try to develop an appetite for fat people. Think fat. Be fat. Love fat. But don’t say I didn’t offer a solution.

  3. I think what gets me most to overeat are the TV commercials that are all too appealing. And, I’m usually watching them after eating my evening meal. So, it’s off the the kitchen for a ‘snack’. If we want to get serious about obesity in the US, then we might consider banning TV ads for food. I think the bans helped a lot with alcohol and smoking. But, I know that’s not going to happen, so try to develop an appetite for fat people. Think fat. Be fat. Love fat. But don’t say I didn’t offer a solution.

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