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The 10 Worst Food Substitutions That We Wish Were Illegal (PHOTOS)

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There are some food substitutions we understand. Of course, everyone has their own set of personal tastes and preferences. Some of us have to swap out ingredients because of dietary restrictions. Even more frequently, we might just want to save ourselves a few calories for later. But we have to draw a line in the sand. There are some food substitutions that not only make your food taste worse, but are often worse for you.

Below, you'll find 10 food substitutions we wish were illegal.

  • 1
    Seafood Sausage
    I almost barf every time I have to type those two words next to each other.
  • 2
    Sour Mix Instead of Citrus Juice
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    Ever drink a margarita that tasted like Kool-Aid? You got duped, guys. Accept no substitutes.
  • 3
    Margarine Instead of Butter
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    Margarine has about as much to do with butter as Velveeta has to do with cheese. It's not worth it, everyone.
  • 4
    Tofu Sausage in Biscuits and Gravy
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    If you think this is an okay substitution, you have never had good gravy. You know how you start gravy? Melted fat and flour. You know what tofu doesn't have? Fat. That means your gravy is going to taste like glue and your "sausage" is going to dry up into little pellets. I barf.
  • 5
    Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream
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    You don't belong here, yogurt! You don't see sour cream trying to sneak into parfaits.
  • 6
    Burritos in Wraps
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    The burrito is already a perfect food, and the tortilla is its perfect vessel. If you ever meet a burrito in a green or red "wrap," you perform an exorcism because it's got a DEMON LIVING INSIDE IT NAMED SPINACH AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO.
  • 7
    Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
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    Sigh. This... this is not the point of pizza.
  • 8
    Spaghetti Squash Instead of Spaghetti
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    "Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for spaghetti!" Anyone who has ever told you this lie didn't love you.
  • 9
    Turkey Bacon, Ever, For Any Reason
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    If you ever bite into a BLT that's got turkey bacon on it, YOU ARREST IT, BECAUSE IT'S BREAKING THE LAW.
  • 10
    Fake Maple Syrup Instead of the Real Thing
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    Maybe if we never make our kids like this garbage more than the real thing (which is a dirty trick that some of our parents played on us), it will just finally die off.

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