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Unhealthy Foods Pretending to be Healthy! – Mind Over Munch!


(upbeat music) – Hey munchies, new and old, I’m Alyssia. We all want healthy to be easier and packaged food makes life easier. There are some healthier packaged options but a lot of packaged food items are just pretending to be healthy. I am giving you the rundown on 15 of those right now but trust
me, there are way more. That is why it’s important
that you learn how to read the labels and
determine for yourself. We cannot trust health claims. In fact, if a food package
is making a health claim, it’s usually a bad sign. First up: Banana chips. Noo! These are so good. The upside is that they
are made of bananas and therefore contain the
fiber, iron, magnesium and potassium that bananas offer. The downside: they’re often deep fried and include flavor enhancers and sugar. Instead, try home made banana
chips cooked in the oven. I do have an episode, if
you want to check that out and I have linked it in the description. Gluten free snacks and breads, the upside: many people, not just those
with gluten intolerance or sensitivity, can find
it hard to digest gluten. The downside is that in processed foods, when something is removed,
another thing is usually added. So, gluten free items can contain a lot of refined additives that
are essentially depleted of nutrients, and they’re no
healthier than any other snack. Instead, try a home
made, or cleaner snack. One with less ingredients
and more whole grains even if it does contain wheat
or gluten, will be healthier for most than a refined and
processed gluten free option. Ezekiel bread for
instance, is a clean bread that is not completely gluten free but will do our bodies more justice than a gluten free, processed variety. Dried fruit. The upside: they are fruit. But the downside, they’re
often coated in sugar and to protect them from
mold and to keep their color, they are treated with
preservatives and additives. Instead, make your own. I’ve linked a few videos where
I show drying out the fruit in the oven in the description. Or even better, go for fresh fruit. Yogurt. The upside:
yogurt contains probiotics that can be great for gut health. The downside: most commercial
varieties are loaded with sugar and contain little protein. Greek varieties are
better when it comes to a protein balance, but they
can still pack on the sugar. Greek does not mean healthy. Instead, use plain Greek
yogurt with fresh fruit and add a drizzle of honey. Instant oatmeal packets. The
upside: They are convenient and do contain oaty goodness. So, even quick cooking oats
can be a healthy choice. The downside: these packets
are often a very small serving with more sugar than anything else. Instead, make your own home made packets. I show how in a meal prep video
linked in the description. Agave, oh my. The upside of agave is
it tastes pretty good and I guess it comes from a plant, but so do coffee beans, and it
doesn’t make it a vegetable. It’s far from natural. The downside: agave is
actually extremely processed and there’s more fructose
in agave than almost any other sweetener, even
high fructose corn syrup. Instead, try almost any other natural or raw liquid sweetener, but the truth is they should all be consumed
in limited amounts. I discuss agave and other sweeteners in my sweeteners 101 video. Brown rice syrup. The
upside: it’s made from rice. It seems natural and healthy,
and it contains glucose but no refined fructose which is good. The downside: it’s very
high on the glycemic index, meaning it will spike
blood sugar super fast. Not to mention it’s extremely refined and contains no essential nutrients. It’s empty calories. Instead, like we mentioned previously, another natural liquid sweetener or even a no calorie sweetener, regardless, the goal should be moderation with all sweeteners, sugar filled or not. Vegan mayo, or store
bought mayo all together. The upside: there isn’t
really an upside to be honest. What makes mayonnaise
unhealthy isn’t the eggs or cholesterol or saturated fat, it’s actually the inflammatory oils. The downside: inflammatory
oils exist in regular and vegan mayonnaise options. What’s worse is that vegan mayo options, like many other fake vegan
foods, are often more processed. Some variations contain MSG in disguise and many contain brown
rice syrup or soy protiens which aren’t doing our
bodies any good either. Instead, try making your own clean avocado or olive oil mayo. You can avoid inflammatory oils and sugar. I do this almost weekly, and
it’s a great clean option. I actually have a video of me making this on my instagram highlights. Also, if any of you are
wanting to learn more about inflammation and inflammatory foods, I have a course called
Conquer Inflammation. You can get it at
inflammation course dot com, I will link it in the description. It’s completely free and
it teaches you all about inflammation and how to start to remove inflammatory foods from your diet. Next up, we’ve got low net
carb, high fiber supplements. So the upside: for most
people, these can help keep the total carb counts down
and get into protein. The downside: most of
the fiber supplements used do not create a
universal blood sugar response meaning, different people
respond to them differently. Some people can absorb the fiber
and those high fiber syrups just like regular carbohydrates,
it just sort of depends on the person and their
own carbohydrate tolerance. Also, many companies keep
the net carb count low by adding synthetic
fibers that don’t provide the same benefits as
natural dietary fibers from whole grains and
fruits or vegetables. Instead, try whole foods. Most of us don’t need
supplements to get enough protein and if we are in a pinch,
there are still plenty of cleaner options for energy or fuel. That doesn’t mean that you
shouldn’t ever eat protein bars, it just means to really be
mindful about what’s in them and why you’re consuming them. If you’re finding this video helpful, please subscribe for
new videos every week. Now is the time. Rice cakes. The upside:
they’re low in calories and a great vessel for
spreads or toppings. The downside: they’re
typically made with white rice which is digested quickly
and can spike blood sugar and insulin, meaning you’re more likely to store it as fat than burn it. Instead, try a less processed
or even home made seed or whole grain cracker. They may have more calories, but they’ll have more nutrients too. If you must have rice cakes, then get one that’s made
with 100% brown rice or a whole grain option, but recognize that they are still very much so processed foods. I’ve linked videos with my
homemade crackers below, too. Superfood powders. The upside: they do provide nutritional benefits. The downside: they’re pretty
much a waste of money. So, not only are they expensive, but they aren’t giving
you much more nutrition than regular fruits and vegetables
that you can buy locally. Almost all fruits and veggies contain antioxidants
and fight inflammation and you know they aren’t processed. Some contain added sugar, too. Instead: whole fruits and
veggies, fresh or frozen. Don’t get me wrong, if
you love adding these to your smoothie, they
probably aren’t going to hurt, but they might not help as
much as you’re hoping either. Couscous. The upside: it tastes delicious. The downside: did you know that it’s actually just refined wheat? Essentially like a processed white pasta? Noo! You have to actually to buy
a true whole wheat variety to make sure it’s whole
grain, or better yet, try a more nutritious option,
like quinoa or bulgur wheat. Veggie burgers. The upside: you
can enjoy a burger meatless. The downside: they’re often
loaded with over processed proteins and soy products,
lacking vegetables and rarely healthy. Instead, if you aren’t eating
meat but will eat fish, consider a tuna or salmon patty. If you want to go meatless all together, go for a home made or at
least a cleaner variety with less ingredients
using actual vegetables, legumes or quinoa. Smoothies. The upside:
they can be a great way to get in fruits,
vegetables, and nutrients. The downside, buying them
at a restaurant or store almost ensures a sugar overload
with far less nutrition. Instead, make your own so
that you’re in control of what goes in, especially
that sugar content. Thumbs up if you want
more smoothie recipes. Last but not least, pretzels. The upside: now, they are lower in fat than fried potato chips. The downside: other than
that, they’re pretty much the same as other fried snacks. They’re higher in sodium,
nutritionally empty, made with white flour,
corn syrup, and corn oil. Instead, go for a potato or
sweet potato chip that’s baked or if you’re really feeling nutritious, vegetable or kale chips. Just watch out for those inflammatory oils if you aren’t making your own. So, that is my limited list of foods pretending to be healthy. We could go on and on and remember, I’m not telling you to
not eat these foods, I’m encouraging you to be mindful that these are some of the foods
often trying to trick you and it’s up to you to
be aware and read labels and make the right decisions for you. If you want a chance to win
a pair of onion goggles, and why wouldn’t you? ‘Cause cutting an onion sucks. All you have to do is
subscribe to my newsletter at mind over munch dot com,
link is in the description. All of my newsletter
subscribers, new and old are eligible to enter
to win and this month, I am giving away three pairs. We host new giveaways every month, so you’ll be continuously entered. That’s all for today, folks. I’ll see you next week and remember especially when it comes to
those sneaky health claims, it’s all a matter of mind over munch.

Randall Smitham

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71 COMMENTS

  1. Emilie Berry Posted on August 15, 2018 at 1:55 am

    So basically, life can never be easy. Everything has to be homemade or it's bad for you? Don't think so.

    Reply
  2. Angelica C. Posted on August 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Just don’t eat anything sksksk

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  3. mtrmoon Posted on August 28, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Is there anything you cannot make at home? Girl, you had a homemade recipe for every product.

    Reply
  4. Aweng mcheal Posted on August 31, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I hate banna chips, they are the spawn of the devill.

    Reply
  5. Udi Assaf Posted on August 31, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Enjoy your vids – subbed. I have one serious issue though – regarding fish. Fish are hardly healthy. Sure – they contain Omega3 and other nutrients – BUT – fish are like sponges for all the toxins in our oceans and seas – and the bigger the fish (tuna anyone?) the bigger the "Sponge effect" (plus – big fish eat little fish – all containing toxins). Just look at one factory dumping toxic waste 24/7 into the ocean and then try to imagine the amount of such factories doing so for years on end. That's what fish (and other sea"food") absorb. In addition – fish/seafood have a degree of mercury in them – this was the case way before the industrial revolution due to volcanic activity in our oceans. So to conclude – I would certainly NOT advise eating fish/seafood. Other than that – I agree with your list.

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  6. SoHardToBeMe Posted on September 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    So…make everything on your ow-
    "the ingredients have additives"
    So….eat nothing?

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  7. La'Quia Posted on September 15, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Can't trust these health food companies worth of a shit I swear to god man :/

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  8. simply sarah Posted on September 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I'm going to die

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  9. J Woolman Posted on September 22, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Vegan mayo is much healthier for me. I’m allergic to eggs… You don’t have to eat gobs of mayo, which is what causes the problem for most people.

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  10. Destiney Posted on September 25, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Let's be honest, most, if not all foods have some sort of downside to them. When in doubt! Eat in moderation!

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  11. The Winningest Duo Posted on October 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    https://youtu.be/Vks9dv0WJhg

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  12. The Winningest Duo Posted on October 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Great video

    Reply
  13. Five Ad Posted on December 13, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Browsing videos and so GLAD I found you. You're a world of information that we all need. Thanks. 👍

    Reply
  14. Op Hs Posted on January 28, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Very good. Thank you, first time to find YT info on the truth about this stuff.

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  15. Op Hs Posted on January 28, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Subscribed. Thank you

    Reply
  16. Aubrey King Posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    I love Greek yogurt but I definitely couldn’t eat it plain😂 I always shoot for a low sugar vanilla Greek yogurt. The plain version is just too tart and sour for me!

    Reply
  17. deathpearl360 Posted on February 23, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Lol thank god i hate all those foods you mentioned😄

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  18. Miriam Stenlund Posted on February 25, 2019 at 5:54 am

    There are corn cakes😊 ik they're probably very processed too but hey as long as they're low in calories and taste like popcorn, i'm good

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  19. Nina Gradac Posted on February 25, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Great info! I’ve known this for a while, but it always amazes me how many people think that processed food that has “healthy” written on the packaging is good for them. However, balance is the key! I still eat cornflakes for breakfast, but I eat some fruit alongside while the rest of the day I eat whole foods and it works for me! Ofcourse, sometimes I am feeling some cookies or chocolate, so I will have it, but in moderation.p

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  20. Liz Moock Posted on February 27, 2019 at 3:08 am

    I would love to eat Greek yogurt, but the only problem is that it always has a weird side effect to my stomach making me go to the bathroom.

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  21. ElHieroBrujo Posted on February 27, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Make a part 2!!

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  22. Sandra Moore Posted on February 28, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Question: I have heard that Agave doesn't raise your blood sugar as much as honey and is better for Diabetics, is that wrong? And please I know it's insulin levels, I just can't always think of the correct terminology.

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  23. Karla Laureano Posted on February 28, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    I love that you give us a better option instead of just giving us a list of what isn't healthy.

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  24. Zsolt Oroszlány Posted on February 28, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you for the informative video, I was looking for informations. Btw. I quit sugar and sweetenes since 5 months now and I was never happier not having sugar or any sweetener. Maybe not entirely quit sugar since I eat fruits, but hey nothing more than fruit.

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  25. Kim Weir Posted on March 1, 2019 at 4:31 am

    I do like the green superfood by Amazing Grass. The ingredients list is healthy. I do eat lots of veggies and fruits too but enjoy this a few times a week.

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  26. Dalila Brdarević Posted on March 1, 2019 at 11:16 am

    why do poeple have to ruin everyfood JUST LET US EAT its food stop

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  27. Hannah Mooney Posted on March 1, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    This is bs anything vegan or gluten free or organic is healthy in moderation. No food is going to kill you if you eat a variety of foods or small to medium portions. Potato chips even are not going to kill you or hurt you in anyway as long as you’re not eating the whole bag. I’m a vegan gluten free who doesn’t have the time to just be cooking all the time, so I eat the processed stuff, and guess what? It is all healthy; I just eat small or normal portions. Binging on any food is bad for you, having a variety of food, small to normal portions, and plenty of veggies and exercise, you’ll be healthy. Making stuff yourself adds calories from oils and such, it’s not tasty, and it’s time consuming. Processed vegan food is still healthy and so tasty, just don’t eat a whole bag of anything except some pure veggies. This channel gives reasons why everything is unhealthy; literally everything. It’s not unhealthy, it’s up to you to eat correct amounts, and not pick out the absolute unhealthiest stuff out there. Even an occasional Twinkie is going to hurt you a bit.

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  28. Josué Sandoval Posted on March 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Kale chips looked like weed

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  29. JayCei Posted on March 2, 2019 at 2:18 am

    I totally agree, especially on the gluten free stuff. Unfortunately for me, I have Hashimoto's and gluten is just a no no…so I just don't eat the stuff, lol

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  30. Ruochi Zhang Posted on March 2, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I guess the most frustrating thing I realized is that usually unhealthy stuff tastes better than the healthier version. If one can produce healthy version of snacks with similar tastes, I’d pay twice for that. But just like non fat mayonnaise… my mind tried so hard to convince my tongue they are the same, never works.

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  31. kauigirl808 Posted on March 2, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Stop buying packaged foods.

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  32. Pam Acosta Posted on March 2, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Thank you so much for the free course… it was so informative and I feel hopeful about living a healthier life!! Gave me the push i needed to be more health conscious and it was so easy and fast! Loved this video too, you rock ;D

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  33. Visitor Posted on March 2, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I need the onion googles

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  34. 21 Broadcast Posted on March 2, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I was looking for you! I've been a subscriber forever & my feed stopped updating with your videos!

    Reply
  35. mrs.ladypone 718 Posted on March 2, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Oatty goodness 😄

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  36. ZoeZoebagins Posted on March 2, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I love making banana chips is the dehydrator!😂

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  37. diinql berry Posted on March 3, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Those Non-Boujee Rice Cakes!
    Purchase The Good Ones!
    They’ll Treat You Better (:

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  38. Shelly Lynn Posted on March 3, 2019 at 9:34 am

    No single food is healthy or unhealthy

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  39. HoneyedHylian Posted on March 3, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I feel like yogurt and low fat products should be #1. Any time someone tells me that they're eating healthy, they're usually avoiding fat and eating yoplait or another sugary yogurt, but realizing how much sugar is in that little cup.

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  40. CORINNE LEFRANC Posted on March 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    we know, we're not stupid.

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  41. Queen Kid2 Posted on March 4, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Being healthy is so expensive 😭😩

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  42. Rosa Castro Posted on March 4, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Completely love your video. I enjoyed the information a great deal

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  43. Peryer Media Posted on March 4, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    RICE CAKES ARE HEALTHY! I DONT CARE WHAT YOU SAY!!!! Hahaha but I do eat brown rice cakes so maybe that helps. Calories in calories out amiright

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  44. Anna Hillstrom Posted on March 4, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    honey is sugar if you get less sugar yogurt and add honey that's just as bad.

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  45. Tessa Tomlinson Posted on March 5, 2019 at 1:43 am

    omg, is that dried fruit in your homemade oatmeal packet BREAKING NEWS

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  46. Terry H. Posted on March 5, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    "Add a drizzle of honey" why though…

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  47. Fizzybubblewater Posted on March 6, 2019 at 1:48 am

    “If you aren’t eating meat but will eat fish” sooo if you aren’t eating meat try this meat recipe???

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  48. Yuri Koudriavtsev Posted on March 8, 2019 at 5:52 am

    pretzels are not fried

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  49. 11somethingsomething Posted on March 15, 2019 at 3:46 am

    I grew up on heavily processed foods. I practically lived on soda, ice cream, sugary cereals, and tv dinners. Ever since I learned about the ingredients that are in the foods I eat I immediately switched to eating clean. High fructose corn syrup especially I avoid at all costs, I can't believe how many foods contain that stuff!

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  50. Janet Lau Posted on March 17, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Love your videos and have been binge watching since I found out about you, but I was wondering what are your credentials? How are you very knowledgeable in food and nutrition? Are you a registered nutritionist or dietitian?

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  51. xSweetTea Omqx Posted on March 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    4:01 luckily I don’t like mayonnaise in general! Would never have if someone even begged me to 😀

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  52. ToastedBales Posted on March 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    i like rice cakes….

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  53. kms1984 Posted on March 26, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Dang is there anything left 🤷🏽‍♀️

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  54. Tiffany Posted on March 26, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Everything is unhealthy

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  55. Sharice Bryant Posted on March 27, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Can’t give up rice cakes but great vid! Lol

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  56. BlondieBrunette14 Posted on March 30, 2019 at 3:31 am

    lol when ive been eating a few of these things while trying to lose weight , oops

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  57. bigup liquidrichard Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:50 am

    How fuckin uninformed are yall lmao

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  58. BoostinLos Posted on March 31, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Lmfao so basically I can’t eat anything if I want to stay fit

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  59. Glam Ang Posted on April 3, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Dannnngggg it I've ben eating instant oatmeal for months 💀🙀 no wonder i dont loose weight so fast..

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  60. Gracie Kolbenschlag Posted on April 4, 2019 at 3:19 am

    No, sometimes this stuff is important

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  61. Misha's lil bae Posted on April 9, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Gotta trust you cus your waist is snatcheddd

    Reply
  62. vegan Posted on April 15, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    my mom thinks everything is healthy lol even cheese pizza and beef burgers

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  63. Jess Is A Mess Posted on April 16, 2019 at 2:23 am

    NOOO NOT RICE CAKES

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  64. SH Posted on April 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    so bscially stop eating and you're fine ….

    Reply
  65. LaLa Smith Posted on April 18, 2019 at 12:31 am

    I literally can’t eat nothing …

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  66. LaLa Smith Posted on April 18, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I love vegan mayo!!! No!!!!

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  67. Audrey Nicoletti Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Onions don't suck! They are good for you!

    Reply
  68. Oh thats Lauren Posted on May 26, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Sighhhhhhhhhhhh

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  69. Ramen IsGood Posted on August 10, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    In Costco they sell big bags of dried mangoes.
    On the ingredients it says just organic mangoes.
    Are they still bad?

    Reply
  70. honey sarahxo Posted on September 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    honestly, with the gluten-free snacks, I wish I could go for the cleaner bread option but I can because I am Celiac disease which means I can not tolerate any gluten at all because I get really sick 🙁

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  71. Katelyn Posted on October 18, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Dairy Products actually ROB/DEPLETE our bodies and bones of Calcium

    Reply
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