Candy is the word that really stands for artificial coloring, added sugar, and saturated fats just to start. In some cases, like in M&Ms, there is yellow number 5 & 6. In Europe artificial colors are banned or have labels stating that: “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”

Read the Lean Cuisine labels because some may have trans fats like partially hydrogenated soybean oil and can be high in sodium. They can be good for a quick meal, but choose the meals wisely while at the store.

We all love the simplicity of boxed cake mix, but it may be better for you to build a cake from scratch. Boxed cake has trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, and artificial colors. If you don’t have time to make it from scratch just read the labels before buying the box. This can also go for the icing on top of the cake as well.

helpful nutritional facts from healthy lifestyle secretsSecret: Instant oatmeal packets have caramel color and partially hydrogenated oil. They also have sugar and artificial flavoring to give it the flavors that we come to love. Corn syrups, 4-Mel, trans fats are also involved in various flavors. If you are going to eat oatmeal go for the original and add in a little cinnamon for flavor.

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