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33 Most Unhealthy Foods You Should Avoid

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The 33 most unhealthy foods you should avoid. Everyone needs to read this! I didn't know just how bad some of these foods were for you.
With so much talk of healthy foods and what you should be eating, the foods that are the worst for us can get overlooked. The reason it’s so hard to avoid these kinds of food is because the things that make them bad also make them taste good. Fatty foods typically taste good, so do sweet and salty ones, which means a lot of the foods you love are likely not the best things you can have.

But you don’t have to resort to living like Tom Hanks in Castaway. There are plenty of foods that you can turn to that taste amazing and won’t jeopardize your well-being. It’s about learning why certain foods are bad, so you can make better choices on a day-to-day basis. That being said, here are some dietary landmines to watch out for, and step around. [/column]

Trans Fat

This is the most notorious of the unhealthy ingredients put in foods, and has even led for a ban on them in New York City. You’re best off avoiding trans fat-containing foods completely. This is because trans fats are chemically made through the hydrogenation process, and they are hard for the body to digest. Research shows that trans fats are linked to diabetes and obesity. Look for the words “partially hydrogenated” or “vegetable shortening” in your food ingredients, and opt for healthy fat instead, such as those naturally found in animal products and olive or coconut oil. [/column]

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Fast Food

We all know we shouldn’t eat fast food because it’s bad for us. Part of the reason is because of all the trans fats and other additives they use to make the food taste good. The problem is not just that there is trans fat in the foods, but that the portion sizes quickly multiply those contents and before long you have a week’s worth of trans fat in one meal. Not to mention, there are loads of preservatives, refined sugar, and food coloring to make the food last longer. Do yourself a favor and stay away from all fast food restaurants.

Packaged Cookies

Even the beloved Girl Scout Cookies still sneak some unhealthy ingredients into their products. You may be able to justify those because they only happen a few times per year, but check to see if your favorite store bought cookies are made with partially hydrogenated cooking oils and refined sugars. We bet they are. Keep away from Chips Ahoy and Keebler. Although some brands like Oreos now use “high oleic” oils instead so they can provide shelf-stable cookies at a reasonable cost. The bottom line is it’s best to avoid anything packaged or processed. Try these two-ingredient cookies instead.

Cake Frosting

The cake itself isn’t all that great for you, but topping it with frosting is worse. That’s because store-bought frosting is made with sugar and partially hydrogenated oils and not much else, which is a disaster for your inflammation levels. Try making a homemade gluten-free cake from scratch and use natural sources of sugar such as raw honey or maple syrup to top your cake with.

Pancakes

Getting your pancakes from a box is the worst way to enjoy this deliciouss treat. Premade mixes are full of refined sugar and partially hydrogenated oils to keep them shelf stable. Not to mention the loads of preservatives they contain, which have been shown to disrupt human hormones. Try whipping together a mashed banana and two eggs for the ultimate two-ingredient pancake recipe you can feel good about. Top it with some raw honey or maple syrup and fresh fruit and your body will thank you for skipping out on the processed stuff. 

Microwave Popcorn

Most of the popular brands of microwave popcorn have trans fat of some sort in them, which means you’ll want to skip them and look for a better option. Try investing in an air popper at home and make your own popcorn for date night. Check out the local health food store for organic, non-GMO popcorn and use olive oil or coconut oil to pop it in. Top with pink Himalayan sea salt for a delicious topper with antioxidant benefits.

Frozen Meals

Most people buy frozen dinners for a quick and easy meal, or to help lose weight. But many of them are laden with hydrogenated oils, which in turn means they contain trans fat in some amount. To these types of meals, simply check the label for both hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Since you’ll most likely be microwaving these meals, you’re also adding to their unhealthiness, further destroying any nutrients they might contain, and processing the ingredients even further. Try meal prepping instead by making a large batch of chicken and vegetables and freezing them for the week. Prepare some rice and you have your own homemade frozen meals to enjoy without the trans fats, sodium, preservatives, or refined sugars.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

This is an ingredient that didn’t exist before 1960, but has a strong appeal to food manufacturers because it’s very sweet, cheap to make, and easy to store. Research shows that HFCS causes metabolic dysregulation and leads to obesity. It also spikes your blood sugr and leads to type 2 diabetes. Keep in mind that fruit doesn’t spike blood sugars the same way as HFCS does, so eat a piece of fruit when you need a sweet treat.

Colas and Sodas

These are the number one offender because they’re so ubiquitous. 7UP once tried to claim that their soda was made with all-natural ingredients, saying that because it comes from corn HFCS is all-natural. They no longer phrase it this way, and other colas blatantly have it listed as the most abundant sweetener. In ordinary Coca-Cola, it’s the only sweetener used. Even the diet options are bad for you. Opt for mineral water instead or try some unsweetened herbal tea for a refreshing way to rehydrate that won’t lead to metabolic syndrome.

Sweetened, Non-Organic Yogurt

Although many dieters add yogurt to their daily menu, they’d better watch out at the sweeteners it contains, with many of the brands using High Fructose Corn Syrup to make them taste good. Going with a light version of yogurt no doubt means you’re getting an artificial sweetener, which can be just as bad. Instead, look for a brand of unsweetened yogurt that comes from organic, pasture-raised cows. This means that the product will be less likely to contain as many bad ingredients. Greek yogurt is a great way to enjoy yogurt without all the sugar or whey.

Ketchup

Most ketchup ends up on french fries, and few stop to consider that it’s actually acting to make the fries more unhealthy. That’s because it uses High Fructose Corn Syrup as it’s #3 ingredient – at least in a bottle of America’s #1 Bestselling ketchup: Heinz. There’s 4g of sugar total, and the majority of that will come from HFCS. Do yourself a favor and stay away from the fries altogether. Try adding anti-inflammatory spices and herbs to your food for seasoning instead of condiments.

Breakfast Cereals

Many people turn to cereals as a healthy start to their day, or as a nutritious breakfast for their children. Kelloggs is a big offender with several popular brands containing HFCS including Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Smorz, Rice Krispies, and Special K. Kelloggs is not the only one in on the act, with General Mills adding it to Trix, and Post adding it to Oreo O’s. Try a big bowl of oatmeal instead and top it wil blueberries and flaxseed for a heart-healthy breakfast.

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

MSG has been shown to promote obesity, liver inflammation, headaches, allergic reactions, and even heart palaptations. You’ll have to familiarize yourself with the other names that MSG can hide behind, including glutamic acid, monopotassium glutamate, natrium glutamate, monoammonium glutamate, yeast extract, gelatin, calcium glutamate, magnesium glutamate, soy protein, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, autolyzed yeast, and textured protein, just to name a few. The most dastardly way to disguise it: “natural flavors.”

Ranch Dressing

It’s America’s favorite dressing and dipping sauce, but ever wonder why you can’t get enough of it, and why it makes so many things taste better? One of the most popular nationwide brands, Hidden Valley Ranch, has it in its ingredients, as well as Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, and other artificial flavors and sweeteners. If you must dip your foods, try using hummus or guacamole instead.

Fried Foods

Set aside the high amounts of trans fat, saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol that comes with frying foods, since that’s been covered many times before and most of us already know about those dangers. Another reason to avoid eating fried foods is that most of them will contain MSG. One of the easiest ways to get fried food with MSG in it is to stop into KFC and order anything fried from their menu. They’re not the only culprit, not by a long shot. MSG is prevalent in so many packaged foods that it’s almost a given that if it comes from a major food supplier, is fried and comes in a package, it will contain some amount of MSG.

Packaged Chips

The more flavoring a chip has, the more MSG and other artificial ingredients you can expect it to have. We recommend making your own homemade chips using organic sweet potatoes. Slice them thin, coat them in olive oil and your favorite spices, and bake them in the oven for a perfect crunchy snack you can feel good about. Also, try some kale chips, too.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have been under the spotlight for decades now as health food advocates point out that they can come with a list of side effects, much like a drug. The side effects that are claimed by those against sweeteners like aspartame include some really severe conditions, such as depression, insomnia, blindness, tinnitus, hives, and a contributing factor to things like Alzheimer’s and MS. It’s best to stay away from all types of sugar- both real and artifical sweeteners.

Light Foods and Beverages

If you’re calorie conscious you might be attracted to foods that are advertised as Lite or Light, since they’ll have fewer calories than their regular counterparts. But what you’re trading the calories for is typically artificial sweeteners that might be calorie-free but have their own side effects and health hazards. Always remember that real, whole food is best.

Diet Colas and Sodas

Diet sodas don’t contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, but in its place are sweeteners like aspartame. Research shows that aspartame is linked to a higher risk of dementia and stroke. Forget the soda and diet soda altogether and stick with water or unsweetened herbal tea. Check out our article on how to stay hydrated without soda.

Packaged Diet Snacks

Many of these snack packs come in 100 calorie sizes, which appeals to many dieters. But you should always choose whole foods over packaged or processed foods. This is because they are higher in nutrients to heal the body and promote weight loss. Even at 100 calories, you are still putting junk in your body when you choose packaged diet snacks.

Sodium

High levels of sodium, or salt, can really wreak havoc on your body. Not only does it cause you to retain water, but it also increases blood pressure and can lead to complications with the heart. Almost all heart patients are put on a low-sodium diet, whether they suffered a heart attack, stroke, or are at risk for them. It makes sense to watch your sodium levels long before it reaches the point of a doctor telling you to do so, or forcing you onto a diet to help save your life.

Processed Cheese

As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to stay away from cheese because it’s highly inflammatory. This is especially true if you have an autoimmune disorder. Processed cheese contains a ton of sodium, which is also problematic for your health. Be sure to stay away from Cheez Whiz, as that has almost a quarter of the RDA of sodium in one serving. Stick with hard cheeses that are naturally sourced from pasture-raised cows that contain no antibiotics or hormones.

Salty Snacks

The problem with salty snacks is that the salt makes you keep eating them. Once you have the salty flavor on your taste buds you automatically reach for another chip. And the sodium is only one concern, as these snacks are usually cooked in partially hydrogenated oils giving them trans fats, and use artificial seasonings and flavorings. We recommend making your own vegetable chips at home using olive oil and sea salt.

Lunch Meats

Because of the processing they go through most lunch meats are packed with extra sodium as well as nitrates. There are plenty of reasons to take a pass on lunch meats, or at least to read the labels before you buy in order to make sure that you are getting meat that isn’t loaded with fillers and additives. Some other top concerns are the bacteria listeria which can pose a problem for pregnant women, sodium nitrate, which could potentially be cancer-causing, and added oils and sweeteners, which add to the fat and carb count.

Pizza

One slice of delivered pizza can contain a full day’s worth of sodium depending on the toppings and type of crust you order. It’s mostly because of the high cheese content, but also because there’s salt and MSG in the dough, and if you’re getting toppings like pepperoni, sausage, ham, and any other cured and processed meats, you’re going to be doubling down on your sodium intake. Try making your own pizze at home with 100 percent whole grain flour, homemade tomato sauce, and plenty of veggies.

Cholesterol

The foods below will get you to your daily limit of cholesterol quickly, especially if you eat more than the recommended serving size, which is pretty easy to do in most cases. Not all cholesterol is bad for you, so be sure that you’re differentiating between the good kinds and the bad kinds, and not cutting out all foods that contain any cholesterol. These foods will increase your levels of LDL cholesterol, aka the bad kind, and are best avoided or consumed in limited quantities.

Ice Cream

Anything that tastes as good as ice cream does can’t be good for you, and as it turns out one of the reasons to avoid it is the high levels of cholesterol it contains. While one serving might not get you there, many of us don’t stop at one serving, and it’s very to overeat when it comes to ice cream, especially if we’re eating it due to emotional reasons.

Eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Dublin Mudslide because you’re feeling blue, and you’ll stack up 240mg of cholesterol, nearly a full day’s worth. If Haagen Daaz is your choice you and you decide to go healthy with their “5” line-up that uses just five ingredients, you’re still looking at nearly 235mg if the taste moves you to finish the pint. Try freezing some bananas, blending them in a high speed blender, and topping with more fruit for a healthy, dairy-free snack.

Pork Products

If you’re like Homer Simpson and have a close relationship with bacon and pork chops, you might want to think about breaking things off. The amount of cholesterol in many pork items makes them something to avoid, although each cut is not created equally. Ribs have a higher cholesterol count than a pork chop, and one good sized strip of bacon can have 13mg of cholesterol, not to mention plenty of saturated fat and calories. If you’re truly in love with the stuff, consider cutting back or sticking with leaner varieties.

Doughnuts

OK, so we all know that donuts won’t show up on any lists of the healthiest foods, but what ends them up on this list is a combination of fat, sugar, and cholesterol, as well as MSG and trans fat in some cases. The cholesterol levels are also pretty high, and are concern enough to avoid eating doughnuts as a regular breakfast item, reserving them to perhaps a monthly treat.

Saturated Fat

Saturated fat has been the topic of discussion recently. With the Paleo and Ketogenic diets coming forward, many studies have debunked the claim that saturated fat is bad for you. Still, if you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition, your doctor may recommend that you skip out on the animal fats and stick with healthier options, like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Whipped Cream

Many times, they’ll ask if you want whipped cream on your hot chocolate or coffee drink. Other instances where whipped cream pops up is on top of pies, or on an ice cream sundae. You might think you’re doing better by opting for Cool Whip at 1.5g of saturated fat per serving, but the trans fat and High Fructose Corn Syrup make it a worse choice. Reddi Wip makes the case that it’s a good choice because it’s made with cream and not oil, and comes in at 1g of saturated fat per dollop.

Fatty Meats

If you don’t opt for a lean cut of meat you’re likely to end up with plenty of saturated fat. When it comes to saturated fat, it doesn’t matter if it comes from natural sources, like a well-marbled piece of beef, or if it’s the kind you get from pre-packaged desserts or snacks. Your doctor may have you cut these out if you’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition. Meats like sausage are big culprits when it comes to saturated fat, with a serving of bratwurst at the big game putting you at over half the daily allowance, over 12 grams of saturated fat.

Milkshakes

Milkshakes are harder to control because they’re in liquid form so you don’t even have to chew. In a few minutes, you can suck down half a day’s worth of saturated fat and not even realize it since it tastes so yummy. McDonald’s strawberry milkshake has 8g of saturated fat in a large sized serving, a whopping 40% chunk of the 20g you’re allotted per day. Try drinking a healthy smoothie instead. We have tons of recipes to get you started!

Specialty Burgers, Whoppers & Big Macs

Unfortunately, getting a fancy burger at a restaurant is just as bad for you as the fast food baddies. For example, the Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger w/ Ranch, a Chili’s Big Mouth Burger contains 34g of saturated fat. The Big Mac from McDonald’s clocks in at 10g, and you can nearly double that with their Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at 19g. Burger King’s Whopper by comparison has the same 10g.

Calories

Foods high in calories can really add to your waistline in a hurry if you’re not careful. The reason they’re so sneaky is because you can consume hundreds of calories quickly and not even be aware of it. A popular dieting theory is that the fewer calories taken in the more weight you’ll lose, all else being equal. That’s why you see people going on low-calorie diets and trying to burn calories in the gym. You don’t have to go to extremes, but minding the calories you consume will lead to a healthier you.

Pasta Dishes

A plain bowl of pasta won’t ruin your day, calorically speaking, but pasta often serves as the foundation for more calorie-laden dishes. A nice slab of Lasagna Classico from Olive Garden for example can tip the charts at 850 calories, more than half of the calories allotted to some dieters. That doesn’t leave much for the rest of the day. Also consider a small serving of Spaghetti with Meatballs from Buca di Beppo that tips the tables at 916 calories.

Dressings

Dressings have claimed their fair share of salads to the dark side. After creating the perfect salad at a salad bar, one that’s low in calories and contains many healthy foods, you can ruin all your hard work by drizzling it with salad dressing. This amps up the calorie count, as well as the fat count, carb count, and cholesterol numbers. French dressing smashes things up with 88 calories in each tablespoon, and Ranch crashes the party with 140, and if you go with the Blue Cheese dressing from Carl’s Jr. you should just stay home because it’s 320 calories per serving with almost all of them coming from fat. Try using olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon juice on your salad instead.

Chocolate

Dark chocolate is making a surge as a health food, but milk chocolate still rules the market and is the most easy to come by. The only problem is that it’s not as healthy for you as dark, and it’s easy to ramp up the calories if you have a chocolate binging episode. There are 3.4 calories in each M&M, 73 in each piece of Godiva chocolate, and 23 in each Hug version of Hershey’s Kisses. If you must indulge in chocolate, try using raw cacao powder in your homemade baked goods for a healthy swap.

Carbohydrates

It’s not as if you have to go low-carb or no-carb but you should still keep an eye on your carbohydrate intake. Why are too many carbs unhealthy? Foods high in carbohydrates will be digested quickly and tend to increase your blood sugar levels. This causes a release of insulin, which produces glycogen which gets stored in the body as fat. They’re also responsible for making you feel hungry again quickly, and can lead to more eating and overeating than would otherwise happen.

Bagels

For a long time bagels were thought of as a healthy way to start the day, until the no-carb fad came along. Now they are gaining popularity again, but is it justified? A plain bagel from Einstein Bros. Bagels contains 59g of carbohydrates, and uses up 45% of your daily allowance. Chances are when you’re having a bagel, you’re not leaving it plain and are topping it off with cream cheese, butter, jelly, or making a breakfast sandwich with it, which only makes it less healthy for you.

Coffee Drinks

A cup of regular Joe won’t damage your carb levels for the day, but when you get all fancy you’re ultimately created a carb-infused cocktail. A medium cappuccino from McCafe at McDonald’s will cost you 12g of carbs, and a medium sized latte, even with sugar-free syrup, still puts you at 44g of carbohydrates, almost insuring you’re going to go over your daily budget. Try opting for plain green or black tea instead, which is full of antioxidants.

Movie Popcorn

No list of unhealthy foods would be complete without movie popcorn on it. This can fit under many categories, including too many calories, too much saturated fat, too much MSG, trans fat from hydrogenated oil, and that doesn’t even count the “butter” topping. But aside from all of that it has plenty of carbs. A large sized bucket has about 90g of carbs in it, with that number varying by location.

The Baddest of Them All

The foods listed here are just some examples of the baddest of the bad. Avoiding them will help you cut out some of the worst offenders, and will be a big stride in the right direction towards better health. Of course, it’s easier said than done, because many of these foods taste incredible, and are very enticing. The goal here is not to wipe them out completely, but just to be aware of what they contain, and what they can do to your body over the long term. Keeping them to a minimum will help you enjoy them more when you do indulge because you’ll have less guilt.

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.



Users Comments:

  • Kate Rosin

    Can’t live without my ketchup! I’ve found that, like most things in life, moderation is the key. Now, I measure it out and use it sparingly.

    • Priscilla

      Try Annie’s organic ketchup. Sooo good, no guilt.

      • Misty

        where can i find it ?

      • Holly

        Don’t forget BBQ sauce. It usually contains High Fructose Corn Syrup. Annie’s is a good brand to try. Also, some salad dressings may have trans fat, excessive sugar, and other strange chemicals within them. Not all fast foods are bad, just make sure you try to stick with ‘whole foods’ when eating out. My go to meal is always the Market Salad at Chick-fil-a (w/o chicken and granola). It doesn’t get more simple/basic than that. I would *love* to never eat out, and always prepare my own meals, but truth be told, life happens. Sometimes you have to eat out (for example, if you experience a family emergency). This is why it’s important to have a few “go to meals” that are healthy.

        PS. I also agree with Lori Geurin. White flour is very unhealthy. I cannot even eat it anymore 🙁

    • jackie

      I buy an organic ketchup from Trader Joe’s. It has organic cane sugar in it instead of the high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is still sugar but if one is going to eat it it is better to have healthy sugar.

      • Kim

        Cane Sugar is definitely the better choice because HFCS is very damaging to the organs and it brings on diabetes with a vengeance! All sugars are NOT created equally. Another sugar to stay clear from is Agave. Although it is passed off as being healthy don’t believe it. Dr. Mercola has done the testing on this sugar.

    • Fabino

      I make my own ketchup with sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, dates, herbs and spices and agave syrup..its delicious, you wont want to go back to the store ketchup..for the recipe google Brendan Brazier ketchup…its in his book, but im sure its published somewhere

      • stanley

        I agree with u I’ve got an experience on that two operation for junks because it came to appoint where I could even not control my self on it. Please avoid it by eating natural stuff I know its expensive but your life its more expensive that it because there’s no second chance in life only GOD who can serve u.

    • Sonorita Lopez

      10 foods that will KILL you (Unhealthy foods the Real Truth)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTn-OJ6mANU

      unhealthy food,most unhealthy fast food… great information. The Video just taught me a lot of things about the food we eat…

    • Sammy

      We make our own…

    • kat

      i freaking love ketchup

    • Live Peachy

      Kate,

      I agree with other posters that organic ketchup is the way to go for the healthiest ketchup, aside from making your own; however, lucky for you, they also make ketchup without the HFCS in it and it’s usually right next to the stuff that you’re used to!

      Diana

    • Pay

      Google a homemade recipe for ketchup instead of store bought one, so much better

  • Chase

    How come all the tasty goodies are bad for you? I love fast food, packaged cookies, pancakes, microwave pop corns, and even frozen meals. The only thing that I don’t like from the trans fat list is cake frosting. I enjoy eating and that’s probably why I’ve gained lots of weight in the last few years, but I really hate the fact that all the foods that I loved growing up are terrible for our body. If only my parents had healthier diets, then maybe I’d have a better diet today.

    • Jessica

      Don’t blame your parents for the decisions you are making about your diet. My parents are the red meat and potatoes type but I still manage to eat healthier than what I grew up with. They don’t work out and I do. It’s your choice, and you can make the choice for yourself to eat healthier things than your parents did.

    • Amanda Snow

      Why do you need to blame your parents for your diet? It’s never too late to correct it. Just focus on you proper diet and you’ll really see the good results. 🙂

  • RiverMan

    No!!!! Not pancakes!!! I need to eat my pancakes, please don’t tell me I can’t eat pancakes. Why do they have to make all the tasty goodies so unhealthy? Bunch of bastards get us hooked to these tasty treats and puts us in the hospital in the later years of our lives. Sigh… Can I just cut down on them instead of avoiding them completely?

  • Emma

    FDA has been bought off by the big corps long time ago. They say that this government body’s like a revolving door for the big corporations, so who really knows what other things they’ve okayed and we’re eating now. Now more than ever we need to help each other out to inform ourselves with important issues such as this and avoid consuming the garbage that’s being pushed down our throats. I give mad props to websites like this that inform the public and they don’t just hype up weight loss products and such. Good job bembu.

  • Mark

    Kate …. there is ketchup with no HFCS I find mine in the dollar tree … there is more and products changing ingredients because the CORPS are knowing we are catching on to the poison CRAP in their products … READ ingredients you will see the Change! Im glad to SEE this btw ; ) more Power to us ingredient readers!!!

  • md.nahid

    I guess low fat unsweetened yoghurt are good it is a type of protine what helps to burn fat …..if I am wrong plz let me know

  • MsErinT

    This was one of the most depressing articles I’ve ever read lol. I wouldn’t say avoid these foods but rather, only consume them 10 to 20 percent of the time. You only live once!

  • charina baker

    All the food or should i say the fake or faux so called food described above are really bad for you. They are processed, contains no food value or nutrients, empty calories that is bad for or toxins for your body. you should eat more natural or raw derived food! Ever heard of GMO or genetically modified food. Almost 80% in our grocery store are Genetically modified. Sad isn’t it!

  • Barb

    *sigh* Only naked lettuce and veggies left to eat. *sigh*

  • Priscilla

    I already avoided 24 of things off the list. Most of my time in the supermarket is spent in the produce dept and reading ingredients off the packaged food that I buy. I always wondered what natural flavors were, thank you for answering that question.

    • Handful

      I am with you girl. I eat about 80% whole foods. Almost everything packaged is a chemical shit storm these days. We grow and preserve the majority of our food. Very lucky to live on a farm and have the know how. I am still learning every day.

  • Mary Anne

    I love fries but I make my own so I am a little bit in control. But then (of course) there’s the ketchup I love on them. I tried making ketchup once and it was awful. So I do the “moderation” thing with Heinze… 🙂

  • Lindah

    None of the foods on this list are essential for good health. We like them but do not have to have them. They are full of empty calories and have virtually no nutritional value. They are hard to give up but, take it one day at a time, they soon won’t be missed.

  • Mike

    Is it just me or did seeing these picture make u hungry

  • Emily

    They say you shouldn’t eat this stuff then what should you eat I can’t think of much that is not on this list that has protein in it and also I bet you could find a way to put every kind of food on the planet here every kind of food is unhealthy in some way.

  • Diane

    re: HFCS and catsup~~for many years, Hunt’s has made their catsup without HFCS and recently Heinz has been making an additional variety of catsup with no HFCS

  • Tracy

    The countries that eat the highest amounts of saturated fat in the diet have the lowest rates of heart disease. It’s time to take saturated fat off the list of unhealthy foods.

    “Replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates – which has been recommended by the American Heart Association for decades – reduces HDL and increases small, dense LDL, both of which are associated with increased risk of heart disease.”

    • Penelope

      Tracy, you are 100% correct about saturated fats, it does NOT clog your arteries, but feeds your brain. Cut the crap carbs, grains are not your friend, and if you don’t believe it, read “Grain Brain” by Dr. Perlmutter and “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis…both cardiologists…or pick up the latest issue of Time Magazine with the picture of butter on the cover.

    • Allie

      So true Tracy–Greeks, for instance, eat EVERYTHING with lots of Extra virgin olive oil, and they are healthy.

  • Chelsea

    It sucks cause these are all my comfort foods. I need to lose the weight but also have more self control. I need to say no to all these foods,

  • Allan

    Anyone over the age of 7 that is surprised by this is also probably surprised that the sun does not remove around them.

  • Allcorrect

    1) Its your brain forcing you to store fat which is a result of a time in our past when storing fat was useful, that makes you crave these foods. Its all psychological why you like these foods. Just remember that.
    2) All the chemicals in these processed foods, I am repulsed by the very thought of eating these. I do not eat anything that’s on this list except ketchup, and that I buy organic.

  • Maggie

    OMG its sooooooo hard not to eat what you love that are unhealthy

  • Amy

    Nothing is left to eat then. I make my own meals and though I shop in regular grocery stores, I am paying more attention on ingredients and get condiments online since they seem to be cheaper there.

  • Cheryl

    So what can we eat? That list pretty much sums up everything I eat :/

  • Karla SMITH

    i hate fast food i love healthy fruit and vegetables and i love when i have just eaten then go out for fitness and exersice on my bike
    they also give me lots of energy
    i always say no to all the sugary things in life and cut the sugar to nothing

    • Allie

      Exactly!! I won’t eat fast food–even pizza, which started out as a healthy food has succumbed to junk and bad for you ingredients. The reason behind this is that those who are in the food business only care about MONEY, so they buy the cheapest ingredients they can get away with. The American public is by and large ignorant, and continues to buy JUNK because it tastes good, and because they don’t know that they are eating FAKE, industrial food ingredients and oils (like canola or genetically modified soy).
      The only way is to cook at home. I also love fruits and veggies. Try roasting veggies with a little olive oil and sea salt–YUM!!! So easy, so fast and so tasty!

  • Holly

    everything on this list is so gross. who eats this stuff?? actually – its mostly poor families who cant afford to eat healthy. The corps make very bad food cheap so more people get sick and they get richer. It’s a very corrupt and vicious cycle. I feel terrible for people who are forced to eat frozen packaged food or deep fried chicken and burgers from fast food chains for .99c… insane! it smells horrible and I imagine it would taste just terrible. Semi healthy food is available to those of us who don’t make much money, we have to have the will to better ourselves and be educated about who is making the food we consume and be educated on how to cook something! A lot of people have no idea how to even cook.

    • Herbert

      Holly, very few folks are forced to eat .99c food most folks have a choice…I have a buddy who always complains he has no cash, blah blah blah he has bee forced into buying crap to eat, or comes around trying to scrounge food and money, what other choice does he have he will recant to anyone who listens, well hes not homeless, so he is suffering in this way, though he doesn’t of course live in a mansion and is not flushed with cash either, and he could stop pissing his cash down toilet through beer, or smoking his cash on cigarettes or whatever else he wastes it on, I accept everyone deserves a treat or a bit of a splurge occasionally, but, its not that he or many other folks are forced into eating crap, they choose to do so simply because it falls at the bottom of their list of priorities and they have chosen to spend said cash on other things, or simply cant be bothered to make food themselves…

      On the same score I have another friend, who is taking care of a child on her own, she works 20 hours per week as server in a local eater and she manages to feed her self and the kid and pay her rent (with some support from housing and welfare) and she doesn’t eat shit all the week, she preps and cooks food and saves where she can, and she gets no more cash than many folks in her position…

      So its a simple matter of choice and accepting you have a choice and accepting the responsibilities for the choices you as an individual have made instead of trying to blame someone else, for example, many could learn how to cook and prep food if they wished to, but don’t and that’s fine, but this is the choice they have made, folks could spend cash on better food, but they choose not too, again this is their choice, they are not forced into buying .99c crap for the most part, it is a direct consequence of their choices overall.

      I know from experience many folks don’t like such statements because it highlights the fact that a lot of folks take less than adequate levels of responsibility for their own choices, preferring to blame others and consequences for their position in life and their consequent choices, and though life and other forces can push you into places you would rather not be, food choices are very rarely one of those places and just because the statement is ‘unsavory’ doesn’t make it any less true.

  • Sandra

    i am never gonna eat unhealthy again!

  • Spongebob

    I love Fried Chicken and it aint goin anywhere

  • Olivia

    so your saying i have to eat basically carrots for the rest of my life

  • Leandro Russo

    This article contains a very detailed list of unhealthy foods and it thoroughly covers every possible damaging to our body and wellbeing ingredient that a food is likely to have (e.g Trans Fat, Artificial Sweeteners, Sodium, Cholesterol, Saturated Fats, etc). Actually, the categorization of these fatty, sugary and full or calories foods under different labels (e.g High Fructose Corn Syrup -HFCS, MSG- Monosodium Glutamate, Calories, etc) is what makes this article easier for all of us to read and understand. When we talk about unhealthy foods that we should strictly avoid, I usually say that we should strictly stay away from any fast-food, processed food, packaged food as well as anything that is considered a sweetener (sweet taste) either food or drink. Furthermore, a food that has a deceiving label of “Low-fat” does not necessarily mean that it is “Low-calories” as well. For example, many packaged cookies, biscuits and crackers which are also very popular are labeled as “Low-fat” but in fact each one of them is full of artificial flavors, colorings, chemicals and sweeteners which make them extremely high in calories. http://www.lifetoliveit.com

  • Valerie

    Obviously not written by a food professional. The statement, “In fact there’s even a recommended daily allowance set at 130 g” is misleading (at least in this article). 130 grams of carbohydrates are in fact the minimum amount that should be consumed. If someone were to eat a 2,000 calories diet and had only consumed 130 grams, they would be consuming only 520 kcals from carbohydrates. This means this person would only consume 26 percent of their calories from carbs. The recommended intake is actually between 45 percent and 65 percent. This mean that someone consuming a 2,000 calorie diet should actually be consuming 225 to 325. Carbs are not bad for you, you need them. Just make sure at least half of them are whole grains. No food is “bad” for you, everything in moderation.

  • Da fuq

    So are you saying we can’t eat all the food we have on earth?

  • Darwin Frick

    Good grief !!! Is there anything left to eat besides expensive fruit & veggies ??? Those aren’t very filling. A study of even most restaurants would probably yield unhealthy picks…. , but not everyone can afford to eat out all the time. Even if you cook yourself, you have to cook with something. I presume that a lot of the bad food really doesn’t matter if you aren’t sitting at home all the time watching TV, and sitting in front of a computer. Living right is probably 90% of healthy living, but no one has ever bothered to study it…… Maybe they should.

  • Vishal B

    This list is most nearly accurate. The food which tastes great is not good for your stomach is the rule of nature. Tongue likes something that is not good for your health. I think its what you keep eating all the time and make your stomach learn to digest it is also one of the thing. But refer this article which is good in many senses.

  • SUCCESS

    Ive never eaten any of these foods

  • ThisArticleIsRetarded

    Why not Just stop eating anything

  • Anna

    Why not just stop eating anything for good. right? This article is brain washing people who are eating foods like these that arnt that bad for you and instead of telling us whats bad for us tell us whats good for us. Its very difficult to give up foods like these, just give people alternatives instead of completly putting a ban on these foods.

  • Sammy

    We eat most of this stuff. We simply make it ourselves from scratch without the crap. It’s fun and easy. We use ALL organic…

  • kat

    I swear some of these are weird… I love all of these foods/drinks! No one can stop me from eating/drinking these…

  • you cant tell me anything

    im gonna eat all of these foods so i can die

  • halo

    and if you can not eat all those things, what do you eat?

  • dorkz

    So, what will i eat… cockroach 😀

  • marktommy

    what are the best food for ulcer patient?

  • logan

    So basically nothing in the world is healthy for you except fruits and veggies. These health freaks need to relax and enjoy some tasty foods now and then. Geez that’s why you consume these foods in moderation. Some people like me needs extra fat and calories just to keep our own body weight. Not everyone is overwright

  • Vic

    You are basiclly saying EVERYTHING
    Is bad

  • tamika

    Stop being babies u wanna be healthy and avoid junk food there u go so stop complaining in less ur willing to give it all up I’m giving everything up

  • Modern Food Secrets

    Not only that is good to avoid those unhealthy foods, but there is also good for general health to avoid as much as possible processed food. These are full of flavors, sugar and sometimes have a lot of salt, too.

  • Aurbey

    NO WONDER I’M SO FAT EVEN THO I AM VEGETARIAN !!!

  • addi

    Who is the author of this article

  • KC

    No duh!!! I could tell you a thousand more things just as unhealthy for you. What about the chicken Mcnuggets that have lighter fluid in the boxes with them?! Do you not think that it is important to tell people ALL of the things unhealthy for you? Tell us the MOST unhealthy! List them in an order from least to greatest! You people don’t really care do you! I am a hater and I am proud of it, and I don’t care what you think, but they are feeding you all of these things that you should already be aware of. If you want to know the WORST for you go to another website. This one is bad and I thought I should tell you that.

    P.S. I read this at the bottom and copied and pasted it :

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  • WHAT THE CRAP??

    WOW. SO BASICALLY YOUR TELLING US TO EAT NOTHING BUT FRUITS AND VEGGIES BECAUSE APPARENTLY THEIR SO DELICIOUS? Why don’t we all just throw away the bad food?! Hmmm?! Do you really think kids are going to laugh and cheer and eat fruits and veggies all their life?! KIDS WOULD RATHER STARVE TO DEATH! You do know, like, in order to live, you like, NEED TO EAT DIFFERENT FOODS AND NOT THE SAME FREAKING THING ALL DAY AND NIGHT RIGHT? This is all a horrible list! Yogurt is healthy for you! Plain yogurt is! FLAVORED YOGURT ISN’T! Pancakes should not be up there. Its like the most simplist thing ever to make from scratch. People MAINLY make pancakes from scratch. Do you really think we would all be as stupid as to dump a huge scoop of sugar in our pancakes? NO! And really? REALLY? Lunch meats are up there? So your saying that we basically can’t have a healthy sandwich for lunch?! When I was young my mom would always tell me to eat my sandwich. I’M PRETTY SURE NO ONE IS GOING TO EAT JUST LETTUCE AND OTHER FRUITS AND VEGGIES ON THEIR SANDWICH! OH WAIT! MORE LIKE A PLAINWICH BECAUSE ITS NOT A SANDWICH WITHOUT BREAD! AGH! If your right in the head, you wouldn’t listen to this damn article. Excuse my language…

  • Chuyin

    Don’t drink wine because, of the sugar.. Let me drink it, send it to me, I’ll give you my address.. No sugar, no white flour(gluten).. The meats, I’ll eat for breakfast.. Fruits have sugar so, if you want to lose fat, don’t eat fruits.. Yogurt is good only if it has no sugar.. Yes, diet!

  • filthy frank

    were all going to die anyway so why not enjoy the food

  • I am terror

    Im going for a hike in the mountins

  • Wolf

    There is literally no proof whatsoever that monosodium glutamate is harmful.

  • Uran Edyot

    So we should all just eat air then if EVERYTHING is bad for you?

    No. Take your list and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

  • britt

    cheese… please give me some ideas to replace the cheese. Im super bad with my chesse and i refuse to cut it out ? Is there another way around the cheese…

  • DrGallardo

    The broad spectrum of contributing elements for optimal health begins by improving dietary choices. AM dietary contradictions beginning at selecting any food choice containing sugar (all sugars!) immediately thrust a cascading negative effect, Glycation, the binding of Glucose upon Proteins. I highly recomend researching Glycation End Products (AGE) Gross performance of this action for 10 yrs may result insulin resistance. Add another few yrs result may be Diabetes. Add another 19 yrs and a long term care facility may be caring for your body of multiple missing limbs. Stop the ignorance. Eat healthy while you have a choice.

    • Annette

      Thank you for this. I was diagnosed as diabetic 18 years ago. I attended a clinic where we were giving a list of what to eat. Every snack was high carb. I was told that the medication worked by lowering your blood sugar. The only thing I could make of their logic was that you had to eat a lot of carbs so the medication would have something to work with. That struck me as backwards. Instead I lowered my carb intake and was also able to lower my medication. After 18 years a diabetic, I still have to take medication but I don’t need insulin like just about every other diabetic that I know. If the others on here who don’t want to give up their junk food would do a bit of research, they’d learn that more and more kids are becoming diabetic at a younger age. Is it any wonder? As far as I can see, the Dept. of Health could care less. As long as it doesn’t kill you right off, it must be okay. Besides, look at all the jobs that food manufacturers provide. More people working means more taxes coming in and it’s all about money.

  • DrGallardo

    Britt, a substitute for cheese of standard commercial dietary value is Paneer. It provides less fat and may result favorably for those battling weight loss issues. Research the product and decide for yourself which is the formula for a healthier lifestyle, agree…

  • Memphis Wilson

    WTF SO WE CANT EAT ANYTHING ON THIS DAMN PLANET. WE BASICALLY HAVE TO EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EVERY DAY OF OUR LIVES. I AM 14, WEIGH 116lbs, and am 5’9 AND UR SAYING THAT I CANT EAT FOOD RIGHT. OMFG NOT EVERYONE IS OBESE

  • Christine

    So you’re saying that we should starve and die? That’s a clear message in this article. Making bullshit reasons to go anorexic. What else is dangerous? Oh maybe air that we breathe. And water is foreign substance that goes into our body and it should be avoided. And clothes carry bacteria so they’re dangerous and should be avoided. There, I finished your article.

  • Mat

    This is a great list, really. If I was single I’d maybe follow these guidelines about 50% of the time. Try having 2 or 3 kids and let me know how this works out for you. It’s simply not possible.

    I’ve been through a paleo phase, organic phase, and learned how to read ingredient labels, all which were very enlightening. The truth is, life is too short to spend worrying about every piece of food you eat, and too busy to spend every hour hand preparing raw and natural ingredients.

    Like anything else, it requires compromise. You can be healthy without being afraid of the ingredients listed here. Just be reasonable and do the best you can.

  • Evelyn Vergara

    All the listed foods that are categorize as Junk Foods is really bad to our heath just like me and my family we always cook our own food I make my own recipe in all the foods tha we eating every meal and I make my bread and pies using organic garbanzo flour, coconut flour and quinoa flour and adding Nuts and seeds. It’s all healthy but most people they just want to eat in Fast food chain So it’s individual choice right if a person wants to be Healthy then exert effort but if not that’s their choice suffer the consequence right.

  • Lori Geurin

    This is an all-inclusive list to be sure!

    In my opinion, the worst of the unhealthy foods are sugar, white flour and processed foods. One of the healthiest choices you can make (besides cutting out the junk) is avoiding fast food and prepping whole food meals at home.

  • Healthy Food

    Hello Carly,
    Its a wonderful post and very helpful, thanks for all this information. You are including better information regarding weight loss in an effective way.Thank you so much for sharing a valuable information.

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