NUTRITION CHALLENGE

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Some processed foods have high amounts of trans and saturated fats and added sugar, and very few nutrients. Baked goods, like donuts and cookies, fit this bill. Eating too many of these foods can raise your risk of high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. But there are some kinds of processed foods that can be healthy. Examples include canned beans and fish canned in water, frozen fruits and veggies, nut butters, and some whole grain and dairy products. These foods can be nutritious. The key is to read the nutrition facts label carefully. Look for foods that are low in added salt, sugar, and fat.