Health experts say you should avoid this canned food at all costs – it leads to belly fat!

Health experts say you should avoid this canned food at all costs – it leads to belly fat!

Health experts say you should avoid this canned food at all costs – it leads to belly fat!

AND A balanced diet it’s an essential part of any healthy lifestyle—especially if you want to lose weight. This means you should always load up on fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, rather than processed options like frozen meals and salty snacks. One of the main types of processed foods that experts say you should cut back on if you’re trying to shed a few pounds is canned food, which is usually full of sodium and preservatives. While these may be popular pantry items that can sit on the shelf for a long time without spoiling, the health risks they pose are usually not worth it. This is especially true when it comes to canned meat.

To find out more about the dangers of canned meat and why anyone trying to lose weight should avoid it, we spoke to a health expert Jesse FederRDN, CPT of My Chron and Colitis Team. He gave us an overview of the disadvantages of this food; find all his insight below!

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Canned meat

While many canned foods are bad for you, and there’s no simple answer as to which is the absolute worst, Feder says canned meats are like spam at the top of his list. That’s because, he explains, “they’re very high in calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium.” Additionally, “certain canned foods can also contain a lot of fat/oil to add flavor which can really add extra calories.” All of these ingredients can lead to a number of health problems, but they’re especially bad for anyone trying to lose weight or keep their heart healthy. “Increased calorie intake can lead to weight gain and cardiovascular disease,” says Feder.

As for heart health risks, Feder tells us that “a lot of saturated fat [in canned meats] can contribute to increased levels of bad cholesterol that can clog your arteries” and “high sodium can cause water retention and increase your blood pressure.” Yay! For that reason, consider leaving these foods (and most canned foods) off the shelf next the time you buy groceries.

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Alternatives to canned meat

So if you’re watching your weight and/or heart health, what are your best options when it comes to meat? Feder says that if possible, you should get your meat fresh at the grocery store, “or at least at the deli counter.” (Although, we should also warn that processed meats can also take a toll on your health.)

And if you really can’t give up Spam or other canned meats, he offers a little advice: “I highly recommend going for the simple versions available,” says Feder. “These are reduced fat, sodium and calorie intake.” Much better!

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