Convenient foods in the freezer – Burritos.
Processed freezer foods often include vegetable oils. Conventional vegetable oils (soybean, canola, corn, cottonseed, etc.) go through a lengthy refining process that includes degumming, neutralization, wax extraction, bleaching and deodorizing while using chemicals like hexane (a petroleum byproduct). (1,2)
More reasons to avoid vegetable oils:
??they are high in omega 6’s which have increased in recent years. This can lead to inflammation in the body. Inflammation can contribute to heart disease, depression, migraines, autoimmune issues, diabetes, and so much more (3,4)
??they are susceptible to oxidation. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body (5)
??hydrogenated oils are high in trans fat. Trans fat can contribute to higher LDL (bad) cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes. (6)
Even organic processed foods can contain vegetable oils, so they should be an ‘every once in a while’ kind of food rather than regular or daily.
??If you see the term “organic expeller pressed” oil, this means the oil was obtained through compression of the nut or seed. The expeller pressed process doesn’t use hexane or other solvents. Words like ‘expeller pressed’, ‘unrefined’ or ‘extra virgin’ are all better choices for oil.
And just FYI… for the pictures above, better does not equal a perfect food. A better choice means better, but could still have some ingredients you are personally avoiding.
Pictured above is what I recommend, plus a homemade recipe for making refried beans! For the instant pot (one of my favorite kitchen items!), click HERE. What do you think of today’s post? Leave me a comment below if you try this recipe!
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