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



7. Fat-free Dairy Products


“Fat-free dairy products like cheese, cream cheese, and cottage cheese are a no-go in my kitchen,” reports Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RDN, FAND. “Many people find the texture, taste, and mouthfeel of these products to be less satisfying, which either turns them off from the dish altogether or spurs cravings for seconds and thirds as they search for satisfaction.”


8. Processed Peanut Butter

Peanut butter in jar

Many processed peanut butters have hydrogenated and processed vegetable oils that can raise cholesterol levels. “Whether you’re making peanut butter cookies or a Thai peanut sauce, use natural peanut butter that contains nothing more than peanuts and salt,” Smith says.