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Foods You Should Avoid for Your Health

By Sara Butler

Dietitians and nutritionists really seem to have that whole "healthy eating" concept down. Of course, they're not perfect, but if you could take a peek inside their kitchens, then you might be surprised by what you find. Some foods may seem inconsequential when it comes to your health and wellness but should actually be avoided at all costs. Here are a few foods you'll never find in the kitchen of a healthy eating guru, so you might want to consider keeping these out of your kitchen too.

Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are something your grandmother probably ate as part of an old school diet fad way back in the day. They may seem innocent enough, but the problem is that they are made up entirely of simple carbohydrates and rank high on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly your blood sugar rises after you eat something. Foods high on the glycemic index will provide you with a quick burst of energy, but they'll also leave you feeling hungry fast.

If you want to enjoy a rice cake, then think about pairing it with something high in protein or healthy fat such as nut butter or avocado. That can help reduce the overall impact on your blood sugar and help you to feel fuller for longer.

Cream-Based Soup

What's not to love about creamy soup? As it turns out, there's quite a bit not to love. They tend to be full of empty calories and fillers -- salt too. You're far better off choosing a soup that is broth-based and full of protein. Just make sure to keep an eye on the salt content because most commercially produced soups can blow your daily salt intake out of the water.

Flavored Oatmeal

Oatmeal is healthy for you, but flavored oatmeal that comes in a packet isn't. This type of oatmeal is usually full of corn syrup, added sugar, and trans fats. Trans fats are especially bad for you since they can increase your bad cholesterol while decreasing your good cholesterol and putting you at a higher risk for stroke or heart attack.

Go for steel-cut oats instead and add flavor to it yourself with maple syrup, fruit, or nuts.

Some foods simply don't belong in your kitchen if you're trying to be healthy, so take a page out of a dietitian's book and choose whole foods that aren't highly processed. That should get you off to a great start.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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