Though it may come as a surprise to some, not all “processed” foods are created equal. There are minimally processed foods, such as canned vegetables and frozen meats, and then there are highly processed foods, such as mass-produced, store-bought breads, TV dinners, and other items that come packed with saturated fats, added sugars, and practically zero fiber. (For more on those, see our complete list of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.)
“Nutritionally speaking, minimally processed foods generally offer similar nutritional benefits—vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber—as the natural unprocessed versions do,” writes Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., a dietitian at the Mayo Clinic. “Ultra-processed foods may have naturally occurring or added nutrients… However, ultra-processed foods often provide more calories than nutrients.”
This is just one of the poor diet habits that the Mayo Clinic has noted over the years that can have an impact on your health and your lifespan. For more eating habits the Mayo Clinic advises you to cut back on for the sake of your health and your longevity, read on, because we’ve listed them right here. And for more health advice from the experts at the Mayo Clinic, here are the Ugly Side Effects of Drinking Coffee Every Day, According to the Mayo Clinic.