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



5. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweetener packets

“Although they don’t contribute calories, artificial sweeteners are up to 700 times sweeter than natural sugar—and often leave you craving more sweets later in the day,” says Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD. If you’re trying to cut calories from your baked goods, swap out sugar for unsweetened applesauce instead.


6. Bleached All-Purpose Flour

White flour and rolling pin

Cardiello advises against using bleached all-purpose flour. “Although it may give your food a nicer color and help you to create baked goods that are more soft and tender, the bleach chemicals may be harmful to your health.” Who wants to eat homemade bread or baked goods laced with creepy chemicals?