Many food nutritionists will inform you that they are great proponents of the' all-food fit' strategy to healthy eating, the concept that even cookies, cakes and candies are part of the general healthy diet. That said, foods that they wouldn't personally touch on a 10-foot stick still exist.
1. Fizzy Drinks or diet soda
“Those who are drinking diet sodas are most likely looking for that sweet taste without the extra sugar and calories. Unfortunately, that sweet taste comes with sugar cravings and increased caloric intake throughout the day. I'd recommend slowly removing diet soda from your diet. If you're looking for an extra boost of caffeine, try green iced tea. Or if you're a bubbly connoisseur, opt for a club soda with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Diet soda is all chemicals and won't help you avoid extra calories in the long run anyway.” —Keri Glassman, R.D., Women's Health contributor
2. Non-Dairy Creamer
“Typical ingredients include corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and a host of various additives,” says registered dietitian Alex Caspero.
3. Processed meat
The recent news of studies and statements that these meats may cause cancer has brought the subject to the cutting edge once again.
4. Fat-free packaged foods
“Even after years of research showing us that our bodies need healthful fats, I still hear clients who consider packaged ‘fat-free’ foods the pinnacle of healthy eating,” says nutritionist Rima Kleiner, MS, RD. “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,” she explains.
5. Microwave popcorn
“I once ripped open an unpopped microwave popcorn bag and I haven’t eaten it since! There are too many artificial chemicals used in the flavorings inside the microwavable bag and I prefer to avoid overly processed products like this as much as possible,” registered dietitian and nutritionist, Chelsey Amer says.
6. White bread
Refined bleached flour is the primary ingredient in white bread. The refined implies that wheat was processed to the greatest levels before it was ground into flour and several components were removed so that shelf life could be extended. The bran and hull, which retain the protein and fibre content in large part, are included.
7. Fried foods
Fried foods increase the risk for heart disease or stroke.
“It's literally liquid candy with absolutely no nutritional value. Why bother?” —Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., the nutrition and health expert for NBC's TODAY Show and Founder of NourishSnacks
9. Maraschino Cherries
“The added sugar, chemicals, and artificial dyes ruin the health benefits of the naturally delicious fruit.” —Michelle Davenport, Ph.D., R.D., a Silicon Valley nutritionist
There is no such thing as healthy sugar.
“Doughnuts are made of refined (possibly GMO) white flour which is super high glycemic,” says health and wellness coach Jamie Logie. 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.”
12. Fat-free dressing
“The fat, especially something like olive oil, can actually help you better absorb nutrients from the vegetables in your salad,” says registered dietitian Tanya Freirich, MS, RD. “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.”
“The energy content of alcohol represents extra calories,” said Dr. Angelo Tremblay, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition and Physiology, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, “thus increasing total daily intake. This effect seems to add to the overfeeding associated with a high-fat diet, increasing the chances of weight gain.”
14. Instant Oatmeal and (Most) Dry Cereals
Instant oatmeal packets often contain added sugar and artificial flavorings.
15. Fast food burgers
“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,” says health and wellness coach Jamie Logie. “You then have a high starch white flour bun and then depending what you have on it can contain inferior bacon and essentially plastic processed cheese.”
16. Dried fruit
“It’s OK to have one to two servings of real, fresh fruit a day. I would stick to the same rule of thumb when it comes to dried fruit,” says Nutritional chef and wellness consular, Melissa Eboli.
17. Processed cheese
Processed cheeses typically contain additives, emulsifiers, food coloring, saturated vegetable oils, and added salt.
18. Rice Cakes
“Rice cakes are made from a specific carbohydrate that skyrockets your blood sugar,” says Registered dietitian Cara Walsh.
“While many margarine brands are beginning to remove the trans fats from their products in order to comply with FDA regulations by 2018, most margarines rely primarily on highly processed vegetable oils (particularly soybean and palm oil),” Faletra says. “Choosing grass-fed organic butter in moderation is a much better option for our health as these butter contain high-levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.”
20. Regular peanut butter
Too fattening and contains additives.
21. Fluorescent Orange Crunchy Snacks
“Most chippy packaged foods are an absolute waste of calories and are loaded with chemicals. But any of them that are orange? Well, that pushes yuck over the edge. These are salt, chemical, and artificial color cocktails in a bag! Steer clear.” —Keri Glassman, R.D., Women's Health contributor
22. Hot dogs
“Processed meat loaded with preservatives and barely any protein? No thanks!” —Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., the nutrition and health expert for NBC's TODAY Show and Founder of NourishSnacks
23. Sports Drinks
They contain lots of sugar.
24. Artificial Sweeteners
“I can't bring myself to consume something I know is fake and void of nutrients. Plus, my body doesn't like them.” —Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D., the dietician for the Phillies and the Flyers
25. Sweetened yogurt
Sugar is never healthy.