1. Swordfish Swordfish, and all other large, bottom-feeder fish such as tuna, shark, king mackerel and tilefish are loaded with mercury. Select from these smaller fish: flounder, catfish, trout, sardines and salmon.
2. Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese At $22 a pound, you can find the same flavor for half the price in Pecorino Romano or SarVecchio.
3. Smoked and Cured Meats These processed meats are linked to cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and migraines. Additionally, they’re full of artery-clogging saturated fats. By law, fresh pork sausage may be up to 50% fat by weight.
4. “Blueberry items” Despite the name of products, such as cereals, muffins, granola bars and sauces, nary a real blueberry graces most of them. Instead, you’ll find just artificial blueberry flavor and coloring. Buy the real thing and add them to your food for a great source of the antioxidant resveratrol, as much as found in red wines.
5. Multi-grain Bread Could be junk food. Make sure the first ingredient on the label is whole-wheat flour. Consider skipping the bread and trying cooked barley, brown rice or other whole grains.
6. Reduced-fat Peanut Butter When companies reduce the fat in their products, the filler they replace it with is generally sugar, designed to make the product still taste delicious. Buy regular peanut butter and enjoy the taste of the good fats and proteins without fake sweetness.
7. Bottled Tea Bottled teas often have more grams of sugar in them than sweetened soft drinks. Brew your own tea and save on big bucks and an expanding waistline.
8. Tomato-based Pasta Sauces A jar of sauce generally costs $2-$6. An equal amount of canned tomatoes costs under $1.00; make your own. Another thought—cover fresh tomatoes with olive oil on a baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes at 425 F before making your own stovetop pasta sauce.
9. Energy Drinks Stick to a cup of tea or coffee for your afternoon boost. Caffeinated energy drinks are often sugar bombs, and the FDA has numerous reports linking 5 Hour Energy and Monster Energy to heart attacks, convulsions and even death.
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SOURCE: Reader’s Digest Slide Show