This is what microwaved meals do to your body

What Health Experts Say Microwave Meals Do To Your Body

It's nice to come home from a long day of work and pop a meal out of the freezer and into the microwave, right? These days, everyone is constantly on the hunt for time -- and convenience comes to the forefront way more often than not.

Well, while convenient, microwaved meals are actually quite bad for you, and if you don't know the facts, they risk damaging your body immensely.

Microwave meals are often sold in plastic containers, which once microwaved, emit "carcinogenic toxins." These chemicals then enter your body when you eat -- putting more pressure on your immune and digestive systems. This can impact sleep quality, energy levels and concentration... but also your cardiovascular health, fertility and more.

Pretty scary right?

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The 10 Best Meats And The 10 Worst Ones
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The 10 Best Meats And The 10 Worst Ones

The Best

It's important to know your health priorities when selecting the proper meat. There are meats you can enjoy that won't affect your cholesterol or send your sodium levels through the roof. Read on to learn more.

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Pork Tenderloin

While pork can definitely be considered a heavy food, lean cuts of pork can be pretty nutrient rich and even low in calories. A three ounce serving of pork tenderloin has 122 calories and three grams of fat.

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Buffalo (also known as bison) can be a great healthy alternative to red meat like steak or beef. The taste of buffalo is comparable to that of more common red meats and it has half as much fat and fewer calories.

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Roast Beef

If you can’t bear to give up deli meats, which are notorious for nitrates, then roast beef is your best bet. It’s leaner than most deli meats, lower in saturated fat and offers about seven grams of protein per slice.

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Chicken can be an exceptionally lean meat and impressively low in saturated fat when consumed without the skin. Chicken is also filled with nutrients like selenium, vitamin B6 and Vitamin B3. Traditionally white meat has been lauded as the healthier part of the chicken, but while white meat is lower in calories, dark meat contains more zinc and B vitamins than white meat does. Did you know that chicken can actually be a natural anti-depressant as well?

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Ostrich is another great choice for those trying to eat less red meat but who still crave the taste. It’s technically poultry and actually contains half the fat of chicken with 2.8 grams in comparison with chicken’s 7.4. A three-ounce serving has 123 calories and over 24 grams of protein.

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It’s not Thanksgiving without turkey and the good news is that you don’t even have to feel guilty about enjoying it! A four-ounce serving of white meat turkey without the skin has 158 calories and 34 grams of protein. Turkey is also filled with vitamins B3 and B6 in addition to maintaining a low saturated fat content.

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Pheasant is another type of bird that has a lot of nutrients and not too many calories. Enjoying this one with the skin is a bit more fattening, but at least there are a lot of minerals in the bird to make up for it.

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Lamb Shank

This meat comes from the shank half of the lamb and if it's very well trimmed it can be a reasonably healthy meat to enjoy. A lean three-ounce serving of lamb shank has about 153 calories and under six grams of fat. This size serving of lamb shank also contains about 50 percent of the daily recommended intake of zinc for women and 36 percent for men.

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Yes, veal has more cholesterol than beef. However, if you enjoy leaner cuts of veal like sirloin you'll be consuming 150 calories or less per three-ounce serving.

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Pork Chop

A boneless pork chop has about 147 calories per serving and 23 grams of protein. The sodium levels are also pretty low on this meat.

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The Worst

Try to consume these meats in moderation since their nutritional profile isn't as impressive.

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Corned Beef

Corned beef is generally made of the fattier areas of brisket, which should give you a pretty good image of its health profile. It has 16 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat and 960 mg of sodium, not to mention nitrates. Savor this meat on special occasions.

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Even if it seems light and thin, just a two-ounce serving of prosciutto contains over 10 grams of fat and four grams of that fat is unhealthy saturated fat. In addition to its unsavory fat content, prosciutto is also salted, which makes the sodium content a whopping 973 mg per serving when the daily recommended limit is 1500 mg. Enjoy this one sparingly.

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When eating ham spring for the leaner versions because it is a high fat food. A three-ounce serving of boneless roasted ham has 7.7 grams of fat with 2.7 grams made up of saturated fat.

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If you want to knock out 17 percent of your daily recommended sodium intake with one slice, then try salami. Of the six grams of fat in that slice, two are saturated fat. Savor this one on special occasions.

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It's a shame that such a popular food isn't very nutritionally beneficial since it is both high in sodium and saturated fat. Try sprinkling bacon on dishes as a condiment instead, or give turkey bacon a shot.

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This classic lunch meat is definitely one that should be enjoyed sporadically. One slice contains 300 mg of sodium and 3 grams of saturated fat.

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Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are a very common processed meat. Processed meats can contain nitrates and are frequently high in sodium.

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Roughly two ounces of mortadella contain 14 grams of fat and 560 mg of sodium. That's 23 percent of your daily recommended intake of sodium.

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Chicken Nuggets

This childhood staple is sadly not very healthy. Sometimes chicken nuggets contain very little chicken and the ingredients that end up in a nugget can be icky. Plus the signature breaded exterior only adds calories. Your best bet is to make your own chicken nuggets from scratch.

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Duck actually has a lot of nutrients in it, but if it's not prepared properly it becomes a very fattening meal. Try to keep the duck lean by cooking it skinless, trimming the fat and not using a lot of oil. Of the six grams of fat in a serving, there are 2.3 grams of saturated fat, so there's no need to add more.

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Aside from the harmful chemicals found in the plastic, the food itself is also much less nutritious than fresh foods.

"Studies have shown that pre-prepared fruit and vegetable can contain up 50 per cent less vitamin C when in comparison to those which are loose and unprepared," a nutritionist told the Daily Mail. Furthermore, microwavable meals often contain more salt, sugar and preservatives to keep them fresh longer and add additional flavor.

Many times, the food is made of cheap ingredients, experts say. While convenience is always a plus, we need to be wary of how often we're eating these meals.

And obviously, fresher is always better.

h/t Daily Mail

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Bug Repellent: Eight Common Mistakes To Avoid
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Bug Repellent: Eight Common Mistakes To Avoid

Mistake #1: You Put It On Before Sunscreen

You probably never knew that it does actually matter what order you put on sunscreen and bug spray: sunscreen always goes first!

Eugene Zabolotsky of the New York Entomology Society and Mosquito Control Association tells LittleThings, “The CDC [Centers for Disease Control] advises that you apply your sunscreen before using insect repellent, whether it’s spray or cream.”

Mistake #2: You Grab Any Old Can

You might think that all bug sprays are created equal, but this is definitely not the case. Don’t just grab any old can or you may still get bit!

Zablotsky also tells LittleThings: “Read the product label — not all sprays are for all insects.

“The CDC recommends that to prevent mosquito bites, you should use repellents that contain picaridin [or] oil of lemon eucalyptus.”

There are other, specific sprays if you want to repel mosquitoes and ticks!

Mistake #3: You Spray Inside

Even though you are spraying it on your skin, you want to avoid inhaling bug spray as much as possible.

Women’s Health Magazine writes: “You’re at a greater risk of breathing in chemicals inside your home, says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe.

“Being outdoors allows the fresh air to act as a natural ventilator, which reduces your inhalation risk.”

Mistake #4: You Put On Too Much

While you want to cover the whole body, you definitely want to avoid putting on too much bug spray.

Dr. Anjali Mahto tells Thomson Blog, “You want to just cover all areas of exposed skin. Applying it more heavily does not provide better or longer-lasting protection.”

Mistake #5: You Only Apply For Camping Or Barbecues

Just because you aren’t out camping or sitting near still water doesn’t mean the bugs aren’t poised to attack.

Zablotsky tells LittleThings: “Use insect repellent anytime mosquitoes and other bugs are likely to be present; not just during camping trips and barbecues.

“Use bug repellent anytime you’re walking in tall grass, on leaves, and during dusk and dawn.”

Mistake #6: You Forget To Shower After

Once your outdoor fun is over, you have to make sure you take a shower to rid your body of the bug spray.

According to Women’s Health Magazine: “Toss your clothes into the laundry and head straight to the bathroom.

“You could unnecessarily expose yourself to chemicals the longer you stay in your outfit without bathing,” says Bowe.

Mistake #7: You Don't Look For The Yellow Circle

How do you know if your insect repellent is safe to use? There are actually two ways to be sure.

TIME writes: “If you see an EPA registration number on a product label, you know that it’s been tested for safety and effectiveness.

“Better yet… some products now have a black-and-yellow repellency awareness graphic, which clearly states how long they have been proven to repel mosquitoes and ticks; that symbol means the company has provided the EPA with scientific data to support their claims.”

Mistake #8: You're Afraid Of DEET

Because it is a form of pesticide, many people believe that they should avoid sprays containing DEET.

However, Dr. Walter S. Leal tells TIME, “People have the notion that DEET is synthetic and therefore it’s not a good thing. But it’s so effective and so good that it’s lasted more than six decades.”

Zabolotsky also tells LittleThings, “If you’re trying to repel both mosquitoes [and] ticks, use products that contain at least 20 percent DEET.”


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