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Are you risking your health with the foods on your shopping list? It’s surprising to learn which foods we enjoy often should be left off that list for good.

Here’s a list of nine grocery items you may never want to buy again because of the possible health risks. Are you shocked to learn how many of them are your go-to favorites?

9. White Rice

White Rice

White rice is a highly processed grain. Much of its nutrient content is stripped away when it is milled. Though many manufacturers fortify their white rice (add nutrients back in), the end product isn’t usually as nutrient-dense as alternatives like brown rice.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, brown rice is a healthier choice than white rice because it has more fiber, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, and vitamins B1 and B6, though they also warn that brown rice contains more arsenic. It’s not enough to cause harm to most people, but pregnant women should check with a doctor or nutritionist for advice about healthy brown rice intake.

8. Lunch Meat

Deli Meat

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified processed meats as “carcinogenic to humans.” Sorry, lunch meat lovers – your favorite bologna sandwich could be a health risk. Why? WHO states “The IARC Working Group concluded that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer. An association with stomach cancer was also seen, but the evidence is not conclusive.”

Processed meats, according to WHO, are those that have been “transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking” and other processing methods for flavoring and preservation. These include American favorites like hot dogs, bacon, and beef jerky.

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