Good for Your Wallet, Bad for Your Health: 5 Cheap Foods to Avoid

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Cheap FoodsCheck out Savvy Sugar’s article on the five cheap, but unhealthy, foods to stay away from.

Sometimes it’s hard living life on a shoestring budget. When it comes to meals, it’s easy to just grab something convenient, cheap and quick. Those options aren’t always the healthiest and will cost you in the long run. Here are some cheap foods that are good for your budget but bad for your health.

Spam

Spam is one of the common cheap food staples for anyone who is trying to save some cash. It is a canned, precooked meat mixture that is often referred to as mystery meat.

Why it’s not good for you: A single serving of spam has about 53% of the recommended amount of sodium. It’s high in cholesterol and fat, and it has no nutrients or vitamins.

Instant Noodles

Instant noodles are another favorite of students and entrepreneurs.

Why it’s not good for you: The noodles are generally deep-fried during the manufacturing process. The soup contains high levels of sodium and the food additive MSG.

Fast Food

The dollar menu at McDonald’s may look tempting, but don’t let it become a habit. We’ve all heard about the horrible effects Morgan Spurlock, the creator of the documentary “Super Size Me” experienced when he experimented with eating three McDonald’s meals a day for a month.

Why it’s not good for you: The meals are very high in calories—a Big Mac meal has well over 1,000 calories. The ingredients that make up fast food are heavily processed and severely lacking in nutritional content.

Pop Tarts

Pop Tarts seem like the perfect breakfast food, because all you need to do is put the tart in the toaster, and you’re ready to go. Although this snack is quick and filling, it’s definitely bad for your health.

Why it’s not good for you: The sugar content is high, and the treat is very low in nutrients. Although eating these treats will fill you up, you’ll get hungry very quickly.

TV Dinner

Although TV dinners have evolved over the years, they still aren’t as well thought of as “real food.”

Why it’s bad for you: Most frozen meals are very high in sodium and sugar, contain preservatives, and don’t have a lot of fruits and vegetables. Most of them are also low in fiber. There are healthy frozen meals out there, but those are still quite high in sodium as well.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/brandy.n.oliver Brandy Oliver

    I’d love if you listed some inexpensive replacement options. I eat poptarts for breakfast often because they are cheap and easy.
    And in frozen tv dinners, that doesn’t include those frozen bagged skillet meals, does it? I’m gonna have to go double check the sodium in my freezer now. :/

  • BarBESHA

    It sounds like you have… Something small down there-Barbeesha