12 Awful Ingredients Everyone Still Uses—But Shouldn’t!


1. Vegetable Oils

vegetable oil

Soybean, corn, and cottonseed oil are highly processed and contain high amounts of essential omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. If eaten in moderation, omega-6 fatty acids can be good for your heart, but consuming too much of it can cause a negative imbalance with omega-3 fatty acids. Many Americans consume too many omega-6 and not enough omega-3s. To ensure you get both, swap in avocado or extra virgin olive oil. These oils also infuse a delicate, subtle flavor into your dishes.


2. Cream of Something Soup

Green bean casserole

Cream of soup is not the cream of the crop when it comes to nutrition. A half cup of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, for example, has 870 mg of sodium. To put this into perspective, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people should stick to no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. It also packs boatloads of vegetable oil.