19 ‘Health’ Foods Moms Should STOP Eating
Popcorn is filled with healthy fiber and grains, but only if you get the air-popped versions. The pre-packaged microwave popcorns available in grocery stores are actually one of the worst foods on the planet, thanks to additives and chemicals used in popular brands like Jolly Time and Jiffy Pop. Many brands contain heart-harming trans fats and the dangerous butter-flavor additive, diacetyl, an ingredient shown to harm the brain. Even worst, the bags are also lined with perfluorooctanoic acid which is the same toxic stuff found on Teflon pans.
Like popcorn, soup can be an incredibly healthy meal, but not when you buy it in a can. First of all, canned soups fall under the “processed food” label, meaning it’s loaded with sodium—even in the low-sodium varieties. Then there’s the added fats and sugar that can up the calories considerably. However, the cans are the real reason to stop buying it forever. The plastic lining in many of the popular soup brands contains Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor that can impact a woman’s reproductive system and the health of a child.
Fruit is good—but in moderation. The same goes for dried fruit, but it’s actually best to stay away from the dried versions of your faves. Why? The fructose in fruit gets more concentrated when dried out, making it more potent in smaller doses. Also, many companies top their dried fruits with additional sugars and coating, making it even more sugary.
LOW-FAT PEANUT BUTTER
Peanut butter is a health food full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and muscle-building protein, but too much of the good stuff is eliminated when you opt for the wrong kinds (often the low-fat version). The fats are part of what gives peanut butter its taste, so taking it out will leave you with a bland nut butter you won’t want to eat. Manufacturers know this, so they replace the fat with tasty sugars. This isn’t good. Instead, go for the “full fat” versions of peanut butter and eat in moderation, or grind your own peanuts for natural butters with nothing added.