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Best and Worst Food Ingredients to Use

Posted on October 23 2020

Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat

Five Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat

The food we consume plays a significant role in how we look and feel. It is important to be aware of what we decide to put into our bodies and what the effects might be afterward. Whether you’re trying to clean out the pantry of junk food or looking for new ingredients to start your new diet with, we totally know the struggle. This fact is why we’ve put together a list of healthy and unhealthy ingredients to eat.
Sometimes it’s hard to resist food that we know is bad for us but tastes so good. Speaking from experience, I know what it’s like to give in on that late-night craving for a soft chocolate chip cookie. Other times, we may be eating something that we don’t even realize has such negative impacts on our well-being!

1) Avocado (Healthy)

Five Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat: Avocados

Avocado is not only a tasty vegetable but a healthy one too. Avocado is rich in vitamins, fiber, potassium, and healthy fats. I love avocado because it’s one of the few healthy foods that I get cravings for. Now that’s what one would call a “win-win” situation. Now you have an excuse to order extra guac on the side! Learn more about the health benefits of an avocado on this blog. You might be interested in storing avocado slices in these food safe metallic film bags. These bags are great for meal prepping or storing leftovers!

 

2) High-Fructose Corn Syrup (Unhealthy)

Five Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat: High Fructose Corn Syrup

High-fructose corn syrup is a sneaky ingredient used in so many of the foods that we eat. There is ultimately no nutritional value in this sweetener, and the over consumption of it is linked to some pretty serious health diseases. If that big bottle of corn syrup has been sitting in your cabinet forever, this could be a reason to toss it in the trash. Find out more about the harmful effects of high-fructose corn syrup on this blog.

 

3) Apples (Healthy)

Five Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat: Apples

Apples are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and more. Consistently eating this fruit is proven to help prevent several types of health complications. If you’ve heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” there’s probably some truth to it. I try to keep apples in the refrigerator as much as possible to remind myself how important it is. You might want to consider packaging your apple slices into our fruit designed stand up bag. This bag is resealable and able to preserve your fruit for an extended period. Speaking of apple slices, this is a great fruit to occasionally dip into peanut butter or hummus for extra protein and flavor! You can read more about the positive health benefits of eating apples on this blog.

 

4) Sodium Nitrite (Unhealthy)

Five Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat: Sodium Nitrite

Often found in processed meat, sodium nitrate is used to preserve food. However, when combined with heat, this ingredient forms a compound known to contribute to health diseases such as diabetes and cancer. If you wonder why sodium nitrite is in your Spam meat that lasts forever, there’s a reason for it. To learn more about what sodium nitrite is and what its effects are, check out this blog.

 

5) Pumpkin Seeds (Healthy)

Five Healthy and Unhealthy Food Ingredients to Eat: Pumpkin Seeds

As the fall season is right around the corner, pumpkin seed is one of the most appropriate and healthy snacks to eat during this time of year. Pumpkin seeds are heavily packed with nutrients such as magnesium and fiber. The most optimal method of preparing these seeds are from home, so that you don’t consume too much salt from packaged store brands. If you ever get a chance to carve a pumpkin, make sure you save the seeds! To store your seeds for later, you might like our single sided flat bags. These bags are great for maximizing storage space and allows you to see the seeds from the outside! Learn more about the health advantages of pumpkins seeds here.

 

Overall

You should always be cautious about what you eat. Sometimes it’s worth going the extra mile to make sure you aren’t harming your body with damaging chemicals. Most of us are known to have a cheat day now and again, but try to keep a healthy balance to what you consume. Luckily, we have a few ideas on how you can improve your diet. If you like this blog, check out our other blog on coconut trail mix.