Many foods have been heavily promoted as being healthy when they are nothing more than pernicious junk foods. In the featured article, Clean Plates founder Jared Koch shared his list of nine staple foods that are far less “good for you” than you’ve been led to believe.

Artificial Sweeteners

Studies have repeatedly shown artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, stimulate fat storage and weight gain. One recent study found both saccharin and aspartame cause greater weight gain than sugar

Processed Meats

Processed meats increase your risk of cancer, especially bowel cancer, and NO amount of processed meat is “safe.” So ditch the deli meats and opt instead for fresh organically-raised grass-fed or pastured meats, or wild caught salmon

Margarine and Vegetable Oils

Margarine and vegetable oils are two of the absolute worst fats to eat. Both contain heart-harming trans fats, for example. Your best alternative for cooking is coconut oil, as it’s less susceptible to heat damage

Microwave Popcorn, Table Salt, Non-organic Produce and Unfermented Soy Products

Microwave popcorn, table salt, non-organic produce like potatoes, and unfermented soy products, including soy protein isolate, are more harmful than beneficial as they all contain hazardous contaminants

Most Canned Foods

Most canned foods contain BPA, a toxic chemical. Acidity causes BPA to leach into your food. Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes

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