6 Awful Ingredients Everyone Should Stop Using

With a cup of this and splash of that, you can transform a healthy dish into one that is anything but. Making your own meals is a well-intentioned effort that many people don’t get enough credit for doing. Whether you have a crazy-busy schedule or would rather just squeeze in a workout than stand over a stove in the kitchen, cooking isn’t always the most exciting part of your day. So if you want to cut corners in the kitchen, make sure you aren’t doing it with the wrong ingredients.

1. Vegetable Oils.

Soybean, corn, and cottonseed oil are highly processed and contain high amounts of essential omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. If eaten in moderation, omega-6 fatty acids can be good for your heart, but consuming too much of it can cause a negative imbalance with omega-3 fatty acids. Many Americans consume too many omega-6 and not enough omega-3s. To ensure you get both, swap in avocado or extra virgin olive oil. These oils also infuse a delicate, subtle flavor into your dishes.

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