Better Nutrition

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ICE CREAM—

Just one serving of this frozen treat boasts 4 Tbs. of refined sugar. According to an older study, eating 8 Tbs. of sugar a day can reduce white blood cell function by about 40 percent.

POTATO CHIPS—

This popular snack is high in calories and unhealthy fat, the latter of which may inhibit immune system function. Chips also deliver a not- so- healthy dose of salt. Research in the journal Nature found that a high- salt diet increases the risk of an abnormal immune response.

PEANUTS—

A study in the Journal of

Agricultur­e and Food Chemistry found that dry- roasting nuts creates unhealthy trans fats that are easily oxidized. Even without roasting, these legumes are high in omega- 6 fats that promote inflammati­on.

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