20 Foods to Avoid at any Cost

Have you ever thought why nutritionist and dietitian ask us to avoid certain food anyhow? Or ever thought why our grandparents or much elderly people ask us not to eat certain foods? They avoid it themselves if not us but we should really pick that habit from them for a reason.

Noticed how after having some foods you feel different? Well, I know those junk foods give you ultimate satisfaction, but do you really think you are helping your body in the long run to stay fit and healthy from inside out?

Follow the leaders

They’ve had the training, they counsel people on healthy eating, and they try to live by example. Those are all good reasons to follow the lead of nutritionists when you’re planning a healthy diet. Learn the secrets of the savviest people at the dining table.

Anything in moderate quantities is fine, however this wont work on the below listed items that you should strictly avoid at any cost.

1. Processed Deli Meats

It’s super-easy to make a turkey club when you buy deli meats in bulk on Sunday for your meal prep. But there may be some dangerous ingredients lurking in those slices.

Processed deli meats can contain a wide variety of additives from nitrates to carrageenan that can increase inflammation in the body and have even been scientifically linked to increased risk in colon cancer.

Opt for organic, nitrate and antibiotic-free deli meats from brands that are focused on changing the way meat products are produced in the USA. Make sure you know the gross ingredients you could be eating.

2. Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

You’re better off going full fat. Regular and reduced-fat peanut butter contain roughly the same amount of calories. But the reduced-fat varieties typically contain more added sugar or artificial sweeteners to improve the taste.

The fat found in peanut butter is healthy for our bodies, so stick to the natural full-fat peanut butters.

3. Artificial Sweeteners

A grande iced coffee with skim milk and two Splendas, please? Think again—and hold the sweet stuff. There isn’t sufficient evidence to prove that most artificial sweeteners are safe for consumers.

One should prefer to stay away from them and indulge in the real thing [sugar] occasionally and mindfully. Plus, there’s a plethora of research that shows how consuming diet beverages may counter-intuitively lead to weight gain, which can increase your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

That’s not all, there are many other health perks that could happen to your body when you stop eating artificial sweeteners.

4. Raw Oysters

Though oysters have an aphrodisiac reputation and can really hit the spot with a glass of white wine on a sunny day, we would suggest you to stay away from the slimy mollusk for the threat it can pose on your digestive system.

There are so many potential food-borne illnesses are associated with undercooked seafood—hepatitis A and noroviruses, specifically. Oysters commonly carry Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. If you’re going to eat oysters, switch from raw ‘on the half shell’ variety to cooked to lower your risk of getting sick.

5. Regular Soda

You probably don’t need us to tell you that even an eight-ounce glass of any soda is bad news for your bod. Just in case you need the reminder though, how bad of an idea drinking liquid calories really is.

The sugar load in just one serving is simply not worth the glucose rush, mood issues, headache, and calorie bomb. The huge intake of soda in this country, coupled with a sedentary lifestyle, is strongly associated with the rising obesity epidemic.

6. Microwave Popcorn

Don’t take that from me (your mind literally right now).

Do you love to curl up in front of The Voice with some vino and a buttery bag of popcorn? Resist. For once rip open an un-popped microwave popcorn bag and you won’t eat it anytime later!

There are too many artificial chemicals used in the flavorings inside the microwavable bag. Your preference should be to avoid overly processed products like this as much as possible.

Tip: Make your own with popcorn kernels, a brown paper bag and olive oil with a touch of salt.

7. Margarine

If the dairy-free life isn’t for you but you’re a waistline watcher, you might reach for the ‘healthier’ margarine. Hold that thought - most margarines rely primarily on highly processed vegetable oils (particularly soybean and palm oil).

Choosing grass-fed organic butter in moderation is a much better option for our health as these butters contain high-levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

8. Most Frozen Meals

Many of you used to nom on frozen meals as a kid—nearly every day after high school or maybe till now. From today, I would ask you not to even touch one with a 10-foot pole.

Why are you asking to ditch our favourite items?

Remember - most prepackaged frozen meals are overly processed, made with refined flour, high in sodium, and full of additives and preservatives. All things that are not good for your body.

Let’s just ditch this one for real you know.

9. Pop Tarts

You might remember these commercials when you were in middle or high school. Maybe you even argued with your pals over which flavor was the best. But we would recommend to keep ’em out of your shopping cart.

You might as well send your kid off to school with a candy bar for breakfast. If you simply look at the first few ingredients they consist of refined sugars including corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and sugar.

Small Tip - JUST AVOID!

10. Cheese In A Can

Though arguably super fun to

play with when you’re 16, as far as a nutritional value, there’s not much this canned faux-dairy can offer you. Cheese spread is highly processed with very little actual ‘cheese’ in it.

It comes with a laundry list of artificial ingredients and colors that we don’t feel comfortable eating (keeping aside your taste buds). It is called plastic cheese for a reason! If you want to eat cheese, eat the real thing - its that simple.

11. Boutique Fruit Juices

While that carton might claim to give you rosy picture about the vitamins and minerals you need, but honestly fruit juices - even the boutique ones — are a slippery slope.

The alarming trend of expensive juices is concerning. These products are generally packed in calories and they won’t keep you feeling full or provide anywhere near the full nutritional benefit of eating whole fruits and veggies.

For reference, eating an apple, orange and banana would take 10 minutes. Drinking them in a juice—maybe 10 seconds? That’s a lot of calories in less than a minute.

12. Sausages, Hot Dogs

Take yourself out to the ball game, but skip the hot dog. You might be better off with a brewski and a bag of peanuts.

Not only are hot dogs high in fat and relatively low in protein, which is the exact combination you don’t want in your meat, but they are generally chock-full of sodium, which none of us need more of.

The icing on the cake? There is a growing body of evidence that connects eating processed meats with an increased risk of cancer in the digestive tract. These are the clear signs you’re eating too much salt.

13. Cheese

This had to come. Our hero had to take the fall.

Say it isn’t so! While everything in moderation is a good rule of thumb for almost anything, we’ve put cheese on the naughty list because there are better ways to get calcium.

Cheese is generally high in calories, saturated fat, and sodium, all of which we need to cut back on. You are better off with a low-fat milk, a soy or almond alternative, or vitamin D-fortified yogurt. Don’t forget that nuts, seeds, legumes and dark leafy greens also contain calcium.

14. Ramen Noodles

Your penny-pinching, hungover, inner college student may be weeping, but your body will thank you when you avoid this sodium pit. Experts of physiology and nutrition, recommends steering clear of these packaged goods because they’re loaded with salt and very little, if any, nutritional value.

15. Blended Fruit Yogurts

The commercials are catchy—and they may bring back fond memories of snacking as a kid. But when it comes to getting the essential nutrients that yogurt is meant to deliver, most blended fruit yogurts are a bad idea.

It is basically dessert for breakfast. Nearly 50 percent of the calories can come from added sugar, so they just aren’t a healthy choice. I would much rather have a plain yogurt with a piece of real fruit.

16. Doughnuts

Your Instagram feed might deliver a different message about these powdered (and sometimes rainbow-colored) haloes of dough. Still, that dozen you pick up before a Monday morning meeting is doing damage.

Doughnuts are made of refined (possibly GMO) white flour which is super high glycemic. That means it causes sudden spikes in your blood sugar. And they’re deep-fried in artery-clogging and cancer-causing trans fats and covered in sugar.

They won’t fill you up, make you hungrier and are filled with pretty much the worst ingredients out there.

17. Fast Food Burgers

I know you must be thinking that these nutritionists are on killing spree mode to take away our heaven. They are thinking for the best of our health.

The healthiest part of those kid meals you used to beg your parents for? Probably the plastic toy. While making your own patty on the grill at home can be a good nutritional choice, the one from the fast-food window is questionable.

One hamburger patty can be made up of dozens of different cows that come from feed-lot, confinement-based living. They are pumped full of hormones, have high levels of inflammation and are raised on some pretty horrific feed.

You then have a high starch white flour bun [which], depending on what you have on it, can contain inferior bacon and essentially plastic-processed cheese.

18. Movie Theatre Popcorn

Like peanut butter and jelly, toast and butter and macaroni and cheese, some things just seem like they were meant for one another.

Though it’s second nature to grab a can of buttery-salty goodness while you check out the latest blockbuster, we insist you to resist. Large sizes at theaters can contain over 1000 calories and 40 grams of fat—and that’s without the butter topping.

Psst! For an alternative, pop your own on the stovetop with some olive oil and salt, and sneak it into the theatre. (We promise not to tell!)

19. Fat-Free Packaged Foods

Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by fad ‘diet’ foods. Though it might be a smart marketing move on the part of major food corporations, labels like fat-free, sugar-free, and anything free—are deceptive.

Even after years of research showing us that our bodies need healthful fats, we still hear people who consider packaged ‘fat free’ foods the pinnacle of healthy eating.

But many of these packaged products that should naturally contain fat (think cookies, crackers and bars) replace the fat with sugar, which means you end up with a cookie or other product that contains less fat, maybe a few less calories, but with little to no redeeming nutritional qualities.

If you are craving something sweet, try to make your own so that you can use healthful fats like olive oil, flax seeds and avocados, or just buy a single-serving brownie or cookie from a good bakery to share with your friends and relatives.

20. Pretzels

Don’t tell the street vendors in New York City, but their midtown snack is actually terrible for the tourists.

Pretzels are basically made out of sugar—simple carbs. The refined-carbohydrate product contains no nutrients that are beneficial for health plus they aren’t satisfying, which is why so many people tend to overeat them.

As it is concerned to health, here are 13 bonus food items that you should avoid at any cost:

21. Boxed Cereals

Easier than whipping up an omelette and faster than brewing a cup of coffee, cereal is a breakfast favourite. But when it comes to offering the vitamins and minerals your body craves to start the day right, advise is to step away from the box.

Dry cereals were created to be easy breakfast foods targeted to kids. However, cereals are very high in carbohydrates and offer very little, if any, protein and heart-healthy fats.

Most also have a lot of added sugars and lack fibre. Dietitian never recommend dry cereals to clients. Instead, they recommend nutrient-dense complex carbohydrates, such as slow-cooked oatmeal or whole-grain toast.

22. Regular Peanut Butter

Forget the uptick in peanut allergies in recent years, or the fact that some folks report increased acne breakouts after eating some PB, there’s even more of a reason to pass on this nut butter. Or at the very least, be a lot more selective about what you buy.

Not all peanut butters are created equal. Most commercial peanut butters contain added sugar and oils, particularly partially hydrogenated oils. Partially hydrogenated oils are another name for trans fat, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease and other diseases.

Unfortunately, when there is less than 0.5 grams of partially hydrogenated oils per serving in a food item, manufacturers are not required to put trans fat on their food labels.

Reading the ingredients when purchasing peanut butter or any nut butters is a better way to approach. When possible, simply look for ‘peanuts’ in the ingredient list or ‘peanuts, salt.’ Make sure you know whether your packaged foods might have hidden saturated fats.

23. Cheese-Flavored Snacks

If you find yourself drawn to cheese-flavored anything, you’d be better off reaching for the real deal instead. Cheese-flavored snacks are full of chemicals. While you can find plain potato chips cooked in sunflower oil, cheese-flavored snacks are packed with fat, MSG, and artificial flavors and colors.

The ingredient list itself explains why a plain potato chip cooked in sunflower oil is many times better than any extruded cheese snack.

24. High-Fibre Bars

When you’re traveling and trying to resist that pack of cookies offered to you at 10,000 feet, maybe you reach instead for the high-fiber bar you packed to bolster your will power.

It’s actually not a good idea to let a bar take the place of a well-balanced snack that offers protein and healthy fats. Really, these popular products are actually candy bars in disguise. Instead, snack on these healthy foods you can find in an airport.

25. Food Dyes

These mysterious ingredients aren’t really linked to weight gain, but anything not natural can be tricky for your body to digest. Many people are allergic to food dyes.

Some people claim that anytime they would eat or drink something that contained a food dye, they’d become depressed within 24 hours. Usually everything is back to normal in a day, once their body has a chance to get rid of it.

26. Wheat

Though there is a trend toward cutting out gluten to shed a few pounds or to feel healthier and thinner, many people suffer from gluten-intolerance or even worse, Celiac disease.

There have been claims that once they stopped, they noticed that their mind was much clearer and had more energy. So many have kept on going with the wheat-free diet and they really love it.

Still, a gluten-free diet isn’t for everyone; make sure you know the potential dangers.

27. Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

We’ve all seen the commercials where an anthropomorphic sun promises tons of energy after wolfing down a breakfast sandwich. Don’t fall for this sandwich scam: literally don’t.

These little buggers can actually raise LDL cholesterol levels—the bad cholesterol—and lower good HDL cholesterol, which increases the risk of the number one cause of death in this country: heart disease.

There are absolutely no health benefits of trans fats, which are used by food manufacturers to improve texture, shelf life, and as a less expensive alternative to butter or lard. Trans fats earned the nickname ‘bad fats’ for good reason!

28. No-Fat Salad Dressings

So you’re faced with a choice: Do you go for the regular dressing on your salad or the non-fat? Neither. Make your own olive oil-and-red wine version.

The fat, especially something like olive oil, can actually help you better absorb nutrients from the vegetables in your salad. Also, when the food company takes out the fat, they usually add a lot of sugar or man-made ingredients to achieve a similar taste.

Healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and nuts are an important part of a well-balanced diet.

29. Sugar-Free Desserts

The best news to come out of the dietary revolution of the last decade or so? Probably the condemnation of fat-free and sugar-free foods. You have full permission from those who know best to have an honest-to-goodness hunk of cake instead of something silly (not to mention supremely unsatisfying) like a sugar-free pudding.

The real dessert satisfies your sweet tooth with just a small portion, whereas the sugar-free option never really hits the spot. Eating sugar or fat in moderation can be a part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, and you should rather eat whole, natural foods than processed ones.

30. CAFO Beef and Chicken

It stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, and it means just what it says. The animals are crowded together and treated poorly.

This is why it’s not just the source of tomato sauce, yogurt, and other packaged goods that need your attention. Meat needs watching as well. Animals need to be eating what is natural to them, and they need to be outdoors with room to roam in a stress-free environment.

Confined animals contain more omega 6’s, which are inflammatory. Grass-fed animals that are pasture-raised have more heart-protective omega 3’s. You are not only what you eat, but what your food eats.

So, what did that chicken eat? What did that cow eat? Was it GMO grains? Were they injected with growth hormones and antibiotics? What impact will this have on your body over time after you consume these foods day after day, year after year?

31. Canola Oil

Yes, canola was a good guy, once upon a time. We fried with it, made cakes, used it in dressings. Made from rapeseed, most canola oil is genetically modified.

Like most vegetable oils, canola is highly processed, refined, bleached and deodorized, which adds toxins and removes nutrients including the omega-3s. The manufacturing process makes it partially hydrogenated.

32. Energy Drinks

You may have quickly chugged a Red Bull (or two) to get a night started at one time or another. Experts say these popular grab-by drinks are quite, well, terrible for you.

These have just lots of caffeine and stimulants. That’s not energy—it’s speed. For real energy you need sleep, and there’s no substitute for that. You may also need a good breakfast, too.

33. Table salt

Though a staple of nearly every household, it is said table salt isn’t the best spice selection for your diet. Originally produced from mined salt, it starts out as a real food then quickly becomes something else.

Manufacturers strip it of all its naturally-occurring minerals and then use a number of additives to dry it and heat it to temperatures of about 1,200 degrees. The salt is then stabilized with dextrose, turning it purple and then bleached white.

If you can’t kick your craving for a salty taste, reach for Celtic or Himalayan salt instead.

Always consult with your nutritionist or dietitian for the best outcome as there are somethings which suits a person and can vary from person to person.

Don’t get trapped with all the rosy picture or lucrative offers which they advertise and take advantage of.

Wish you all healthy and additive-free health.




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