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When a food is openly for sale at your local supermarket, it’s normal to assume it’s 100% safe to consume. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case.

There are plenty of readily available foods that are best avoided if you want to maintain a healthy, risk-free diet.

Microwave Popcorn

These are tasty and convenient to pop into the microwave before settling in to watch a movie, but those innocent-looking bags could actually be harmful to your health.

The bag itself is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, a toxic lining that has been proven to cause cancer and infertility when tested on animals.

The popcorn is full of oil, emulsifiers and trans-fats, as well as diacetyl, a carcinogenic chemical used to create a buttery’ flavour that was actually removed from ACT popcorn due to factory workers becoming ill as a result of its toxicity.

Sticks of Margarine

While often recommended as a healthy alternative to butter, stick margarine can contain up to 100 calories per tablespoon and is full of trans-fats, salt and artificial colors and flavors.

It’s better to simply stick with unsalted butter, which contains healthy fats and vitamins.

Pancake Mix

Pancake Mix contains trans-fats, genetically modified soybean or cottonseed oil, preservatives and salt, all of which can ruin your health and clog up your arteries.

Instead, try your hand at making pancakes from scratch. Not only is it healthier, it’s also much cheaper.

Artificial Sweeteners

Consuming artificial sweeteners can actually result in overeating, as they overrides the body’s ability to know when it has consumed too much.

Kidney malfunction has also been associated with artificial sweeteners, as well as worsened insulin sensitivity in those with diabetes.

Tomato Sauce

Commercial tomato sauce is packed with refined sugars, as well as unnecessarily high levels of sodium. Tomatoes themselves are great for you, containing vitamins C and A as well as plenty of iron. They’re easy to pick up at any grocery store, and ss with the pancake mixture, it’s far cheaper and healthier to make your own.