Swear Off These Ingredients
By Sara Butler
Making your own meals at home is the right thing to do. It's healthier for you and it's a great way to bring the family together for some quality time. That doesn't mean you shouldn't use some ingredients that help you to save time in the kitchen -- you should! Just make sure they are one of these ingredients.
Certain Vegetable Oils
There are some vegetable oils you should no longer use to cook because they're full of fats that can be bad for your heart if you eat too much of them. Cottonseed, corn, and soybean oils are highly processed oils high in something called omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. Too much of these fats can create an imbalance with omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, which can be bad for your cardiovascular system.
There's an easy fix to this problem, though. All you need to do is swap out these oils with extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, which contain a good balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Remember when your mom or grandmother used to make casseroles with cream of mushroom (or cream of something) soup? Well, when it comes to nutrition, these soups are full of things you don't need -- chief among them is sodium. A half-cup of your average cream of mushroom soup has about 870 milligrams of sodium. Considering that the American Heart Association recommends that the average adult have less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, you can see how using soups can blow your sodium intake out of the water.
Margarine had its day in the sun and was once thought to be much better for you than butter. Today people know better. Many longitudinal studies have found that eating margarine regularly contributes to chronic inflammation, which is the culprit behind chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. You are far better off having real butter, especially grass-fed butter.
You may think that fat-free is the way to save some fat while cooking, but you may simply be exchanging fat for other undesirable ingredients. Fat-free dairy products such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, and cheese replace fat with sugars. Plus, the feel of them isn't as satisfying as ingredients with fat, so people often eat more fat-free products to satisfy their cravings. Stick with low-fat or full-fat dairy products and simply aim to eat less overall.
There are plenty of healthy foods out there to choose from so you don't have to worry about saying goodbye to these unhealthy ones!
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