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Scary Recipe Ingredients to Look Out for

Butter has a bad reputation in the cooking world but the truth is that there are many other cooking ingredients that are just as unhealthy for us as butter. It's scary that many of us don't even bat an eye at when tossing them into our recipes.


To see the scariest recipe ingredients to watch for, just read more

WebMD has compiled a list of the scariest ingredients, healthwise, for your recipes that you should keep an eye out for when you're cooking this holiday season (and beyond):

Ingredient Common Serving Calories Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g)
Mayonnaise 1/4 cup 396 44 6.5
Bacon grease 2 T 250 28 13
Heavy whipping cream (liquid) 1/4 cup 205 22 14
Puff pastry 2 ounces 312 22 3
Cheese (like cheddar) 2 ounces 228 19 12
Light whipping cream (liquid) 1/4 cup 174 18.5 11.5
Sausage, cooked 2 ounces 209 18 6.1
Bacon 4 strips 150 13 4
Butter 1 T 102 12 7.2
Sour cream 1/4 cup 123 12 7.5
Cheddar cheese, 1 oz 1/4 cup 115 9.4 6
Pie crust, 9-inch deep dish 1/8 slice 115 8 2
Half-and-half 1/4 cup 79 7 4.3

Me, I always scan a recipe for any of these ingredients and if it has 'em, I typically skip it. If I am feeling creative, I'll work with the recipe figuring out ways to cut out the unhealthy stuff. For example, I'll use turkey bacon instead of regular bacon. What do you do? Share the ways you cut out the unhealthy stuff in the comments section below.

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