8 things health-conscious people avoid buying

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2. Junk food

It has been said that there’s no such thing as junk food: there is junk, and there is food. The plethora of chips, candy, soda, and sugary, palm oil-laden prepackaged snacks that dominate grocery stores and children's lunch boxes have little nutritional substance. It's best to avoid foods with artificial colouring and sweeteners, added sugars, or other ingredients that sound like they come from a chemistry lab and not a farm. Aside from the occasional treat, which everyone enjoys once in a while, junk food should not be a pantry staple.