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More Is Not Merrier: 12 Processed Foods Containing Over 25 Ingredients!

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You know what's good for you? Eating things you can pronounce!

If you're diet mainly consists of packaged processed foods, then you probably aren't. Instead you're eating way more calories then you need to and are slowly, but steadily increasing your risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

Scary, right?

Nutritionists will tell you again and again to stick to foods with five ingredients or less. Sadly, that is hard to come by in our grocery stores these days, so experts will also advise only eating food items that contain ingredients you can PRONOUNCE!

Do U know what tricalcium phosphate or thiamine mononitrate is? Neither do we, so therefore, we don't want to eat it!

Take a look at what's in 12 processed foods of America's favorite snacks that contain 25 ingredients or MORE and find out at what you're really eating … AFTER THE JUMP!

1. Chocolatey Cereal (Reese's Puffs):

Whole grain corn, sugar, Reese's Peanut Butter (peanuts, sugar, monoglycerides, peanut oil, salt, molasses, corn starch), dextrose, corn meal, corn starch, corn syrup, rice bran and/or canola oil, salt, Hershey's cocoa, tricalcium phosphate, red 40, yellows 5 & 6, blue 1 and other color added, trisodium phosphate, artificial flavor, TBHQ and BHT added to preserve freshness

2. Cheez Whiz:

Whey, milk, milkfat, dried corn syrup, water, sodium phosphate, contains less than 2 percent of: Food starch-modified, salt, maltodextrin, lactic acid, mustard flour, Worcestershire sauce (vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor), sorbic acid as a preservative, oleoresin paprika (color), cheese culture, annatto (color), enzymes

3. Oreo Cakesters:

Sugar, canola and/or palm and/or palm kernel oil, bleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate {vitamin B1}, riboflavin {vitamin B2}, folic acid), high fructose corn syrup, fructose, skim milk, cocoa (processed with alkali), cornstarch, leavening (baking soda and/or sodium acid pyrophosphate and/or calcium phosphate), egg whites, salt, chocolate, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavor, soy lecithin, eggs, corn flour, sodium alginate

4. Frozen Waffles (Blueberry Eggos):

Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, vitamin B1 [thiamin mononitrate], vitamin B2 [riboflavin], folic acid), water, vegetable oil (soybean, palm, and/or canola oil), eggs, sugar, dextrose, contains 2 percent or less of leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), modified corn starch, salt, dried blueberries, apple fiber, natural and artificial flavors, maltodextrin, cellulose gum, citric acid, whey, soy lecithin, blue 2 lake, red 40 lake

5. Snickers Peanut Butter Bar:

Milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, skim milk, lactose, milkfat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), peanut butter (peanuts, partially hydrogenated soybean oil), peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, lactose, invert sugar, corn syrup solids, vegetable oil (hydrogenated palm kernel oil, palm oil, rapeseed oil and cottonseed oil and/or partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil), less than 2 percent - dextrose, glycerin, skim milk, salt, calcium carbonate, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, egg whites, artificial flavor, TBHQ to maintain freshness

6. Big Mac Sauce:

Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA

7. Combos Snacks (Pepperoni Pizza Cracker Flavor):

Wheat flour, vegetable oil (palm kernel oil, palm oil, corn oil and/or hydrogenated palm oil), whey, maltodextrin, food starch-modified, salt, less than 1.5 percent - tomato, cream, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate), dextrose, bakers & cheddar cheese (milk, cultures, salt, enzymes), natural and artificial flavors, soy lecithin, spices, coloring (yellow 6 lake, red 40 lake), paprika, onion, yeast extract, garlic, parsley, beef fat, citric acid, malic acid, yeast, sugar, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, vinegar, paprika extract

8. Pringles:

Dried potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil and/or sunflower oil), corn flour, wheat starch and maltodextrin. Contains 2 percent or less of: rice flour, whey powder, salt, partially hydrogenated sunflower oil, cream powder, dextrose, monosodium glutamate, buttermilk powder, gum arabic, natural and artificial flavor, garlic powder, nonfat dry milk, onion powder, spice, sodium caseinate, yellow 6 lake, smoke flavoring, medium chain triglycerides, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate, yellow 5 lake, mono and diglycerides, autolyzed yeast extract, safflower oil, torula yeast, butterfat, cheddar cheese (milk, cultures, salt, enzymes), dehydrated butter (cream, salt), and onion juice concentrate

9. Nutrigrain Breakfast Bars (Strawberry Yogurt Flavor):

Crust: Whole grain oats, enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, vitamin B1 [thiamin mononitrate], vitamin B2 [riboflavin], folic acid), whole wheat flour, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, soluble corn fiber, sugar, calcium carbonate, whey, wheat bran, salt, cellulose, potassium bicarbonate, mono- and diglycerides, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, wheat gluten, niacinamide, vitamin A palmitate, carrageenan, zinc oxide, reduced iron, guar gum, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, folic acid. Filling: High fructose corn syrup, glycerin, fructose, modified corn starch, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, nonfat yogurt powder (cultured nonfat milk; heat-treated after culturing), cellulose, strawberry puree concentrate, modified tapioca starch, sugar, malic acid, natural and artificial flavor, salt, color added, datem, mono- and diglycerides, soy lecithin, caramel color, red 40

10. MorningStar Farms Chik'n Nuggets (Meatless):

Textured vegetable protein (soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, wheat gluten, water for hydration), water, enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), bleached wheat flour, corn oil, cornstarch, contains 2 percent or less of wheat starch, salt, methylcellulose, modified corn starch, dextrose, autolyzed yeast extract, potassium chloride, natural and artificial flavors from non-meat sources, sugar, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, soybean oil, hydrolyzed soy protein, onion, paprika, dried yeast, inulin from chicory root, caramel color, tapioca dextrin, xanthan gum, sodium alginate, spices, yellow corn flour, paprika extract for color, annatto extract for color, baking soda, garlic, tomato powder, celery extract, wheat fiber, lactic acid, safflower oil, barley extract, citric acid, niacinamide, egg whites, nonfat dry milk, succinc acid, disodium guanylate, iron, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloridae, riboflavin, vitamin B12

11. Lunchables (Ham + American Cracker Stackers):

Cherry Flavored Water Beverage With Other Natural Flavor: Water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sucralose (Splenda brand sweetener), natural flavor. Cooked Ham–Water Added–Chopped And Formed–Smoke Flavor Added: Ham, water, contains less than 2 percent of sodium lactate, potassium chloride, modified cornstarch, sodium phosphates, sugar, salt, sodium diacetate, sodium ascorbate, flavor, sodium nitrite, smoke flavor. Pasteurized Prepared American Cheese Product: Milk, water, milkfat, milk protein concentrate, whey, whey protein concentrate, contains less than 2 percent of sodium citrate, salt, lactic acid, sorbic acid as a preservative, cheese culture, enzymes, oleoresin paprika (color), annatto (color), with starch added for slice separation. Artificially Flavored Candy: Sugar, invert sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, tartaric acid, citric acid, natural and artificial flavoring, yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5 and blue 1. Crackers: Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [Vitamin B2], folic acid), whole grain wheat flour, soybean oil, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, salt, leavening (baking soda and/or calcium phosphate), whey (from milk), soy lecithin, natural flavor

12. KFC's Chicken Pot Pie (The Mother Of All Processed Food):

Chicken stock, potatoes (with sodium acid pyrophosphate to protect color), carrots, peas, heavy cream, modified food starch, contains 2 percent or less of wheat flour, salt, chicken fat, dried dairy blend (whey, calcium caseinate), butter (cream, salt), natural chicken flavor with other natural flavors (salt, natural flavoring, maltodextrin, whey powder, nonfat dry milk, chicken fat, ascorbic acid, sesame oil, chicken broth powder), monosodium glutamate, liquid margarine (vegetable oil blend [liquid soybean, hydrogenated cottonseed, hydrogenated soybean], water, vegetable mono and diglycerides, beta carotene), roasted garlic juice flavor (garlic juice, salt, natural flavors), gelatin, chicken pot pie flavor (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat gluten protein, salt, vegetable stock [carrot, onion, celery], maltodextrin, flavors, dextrose, chicken broth), sugar, mono and diglycerides, spice, seasoning (soybean oil, oleoresin turmeric, spice extractives), parsley, citric acid, caramel color, yellow 5, enriched flour bleached (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), hydrogenated palm kernel oil, water, nonfat milk, maltodextrin, salt, dextrose, sugar, whey, natural flavor, butter, citric acid, dough conditioner, l-cysteine hydrochloride, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (preservatives), colored with yellow 5 & red 40. Fresh chicken marinated with: salt, sodium phosphate and monosodium glutamate. Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, natural flavorings, citric acid, maltodextrin, sugar, corn syrup solids, with not more than 2 percent calcium silicate added as an anti caking agent OR Fresh chicken marinated with: Salt, sodium phosphate and monosodium glutamate. Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, modified corn starch, spice extractives, citric acid, and 2 percent calcium silicate added as anticaking agent OR Fresh chicken marinated with: Salt, sodium phosphate and monosodium glutamate. Breaded with: Wheat flour, sodium chloride and anticaking agent (tricalcium phosphate), nonfat milk, egg whites, Colonel's Secret Original Recipe Seasoning OR potato starch, sodium phosphate, salt, Breaded with: Wheat flour, sodium chloride and anti-caking agent (tricalcium phosphate), nonfat milk, egg whites, Colonel's Secret Original Recipe Seasoning OR potato starch, sodium phosphate, salt Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, natural flavorings, citric acid, maltodextrin, sugar, corn syrup solids, with not more than 2 percent calcium silicate added as an anticaking agent OR potato starch, sodium phosphate, salt Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, spices, monosodium glutamate, corn starch, leavening (sodium bicarbonate), garlic powder, modified corn starch, spice extractives, citric acid, and 2 percent calcium silicate added as anticaking agent OR seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, garlic powder, spice extractives, onion powder), soy protein concentrate, rice starch and sodium phosphates. Battered with: Water, wheat flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, dextrose, monosodium glutamate, spice and onion powder. Predusted with: Wheat flour, wheat gluten, salt, dried egg whites, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), monosodium glutamate, spice and onion powder. Breaded with: Wheat flour, salt, soy flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), monosodium glutamate, spice, nonfat dry milk, onion powder, dextrose, extractives of turmeric and extractives of annatto. Breading set in vegetable oil

Those don't sound so yummy now, right?

You can pretend not to care and say, "Life is short, I might as well eat what tastes good." However, if your diet primarily consists of processed foods, then there is a good chance that your life WILL be a lot shorter than you'd probably like it to be.

We DARE you. No, we TRIPLE DOG DARE all of our readers to go 21 days without eating any processed food and see if they notice a difference. Remember, don't knock it until U try it!

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