The grocery store can be a minefield of diet-destroying food options. From the moment you grab your cart until your final trip to checkout through the sugar-loaded impulse-buy aisle, there are a million different ways to sabotage your health plan. And while you already know that picking up a tub of Ben and Jerry’s is a quick way to pack on the pounds, unfortunately‒with heaps of deceptive packaging and marketing‒clean eating isn’t as simple as avoiding the ice cream section.
A recent series of studies published as part of Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease investigation explored nutritional impacts on life expectancy, and came to the frightening conclusion that one in five deaths are diet-related. This makes food a more dangerous health risk than tobacco. So, before you hit the grocery store, remember this: not everything that comes in a box or bag is bad for you, but the vast majority of these items are. Fill your cart with as many fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and good fats as you can, and avoid these 25 sneaky but common nutritional traps that can send your diet into a tailspin. Wondering which foods to load up on instead? Start with these 20 Foods You Should Always Keep in Your Pantry!