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10 foods that have no place in your fridge

Ten foods that you’re better off avoiding altogether.

Expired condiments. Condiments last a while, but certainly not forever. Check dates on all condiments and toss anything you aren’t sure about.

Sugar-sweetened beverages. Sodas, juice drinks and teas can dump hundreds of sugary calories into your day. You’ll find anywhere from 12 to 22 teaspoons in just one bottle of sweetened (16 to 20 fluid ounces) of tea or soda.

Coffee creamer. They’re sweet, creamy and totally addictive. Stick to good old cream and sugar if you like your coffee light and sweet.

Frozen fried foods. You’re better off taking the time to make homemade baked versions of your favorite fried foods and stocking your freezer with those.

Bottled salad dressing. Why ruin a perfectly good salad with gobs of sugar and preservatives? Making your own dressing couldn’t be easier.

Rotten fruit. Leave it in there for a week or two and you’ll end up with a mushy, sticky, moldy and bacteria-filled mess. Overripe fruit also emits ethylene gas, which will cause the other fresh produce in your fridge to rot faster.

Frozen entrees. Convenience should never trump health.

Ready-to-bake dough. Take the time to make your own dough; you can store it in the freezer so it’s always ready to go.

Highly processed meats. You’ll find lots of sodium and preservatives like nitrates in hot dogs, sausages and deli meats. Choose low-sodium and nitrate-free varieties when available and pass on the higher-fat options.

Artificially sweetened yogurt. Check ingredient lists and choose brands that don’t use them.

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