Let’s get real: While you try your best to eat as much fresh, whole foods as possible, time, stress, money―life!―make it hard to not eat more-processed foods at least once in a while. No harm, right? Maybe not.
“Even if you're eating a well-balanced diet, you're likely consuming some packaged foods, such as cereal, yogurt, and frozen vegetables, that are going to make you deficient in at least one micronutrient,” says certified nutritionist Mira Calton, who co-authored the book Rich Food, Poor Food with husband Jayson Calton, Ph.D. “The fact is, Americans are overfed, but under-nourished.”
Luckily it’s not hard to rebalance your body’s nutrients. Just read the ingredients lists of any foods before you buy them and watch out for the following seven deal-breaker items. Ridding your diet of them will help you retain more micronutrients with every bite.
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