11. Traditional beef jerky
The beef jerky you’ll find in convenience stores lasts for a long time in the cabinet—plus it’s low in calories and offers a little bit of protein. But it also contains cancer-causing nitrates, high amounts of artery-clogging saturated fat, and an amount of sodium that’s off-the-charts.
Stock this instead: Healthy beef jerky
Scan labels to find dried beef products that specifically say they don’t contain nitrates or artificial flavors. “Healthier jerky usually has 8 to 12 grams of protein, less fat and saturated fat, and less sodium,” says Dr. Susan Mitchell, R.D., author of Fat Is Not Your Fate.Back to top