by Skinny Ms.
By Chantál Cocca, Writer
With all the information (and misinformation) out there about food, it’s not always easy to determine which foods are healthy, and which are not. Knowing what NOT to eat, just got easier. There are certain foods that experts from dieticians, to doctors, to farmers, agree should be avoided at all costs. The following are 9 Foods to Never Eat Again:
9 Foods to Never Eat Again:
1. White Bread
White bread and other refined flours contain little to no vitamins or nutrients, so they offer zero nutritional value. Plus, the body doesn’t know how to properly “digest” these foods, which can lead to health problems. Consider unrefined White Whole Wheat Flour, which is a WHOLE flour. This type of flour has the same nutrient value as whole-wheat flour but is milder, sweeter and lighter. According to The Whole Grain Council, white whole wheat flour has nutritional value equal to whole wheat flour. Check out our recipe for Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake, made with unrefined White Whole Wheat Flour. This type of flour is our choice for baked goods.
Like most processed foods, margarine is loaded with unhealthy hydrogenated trans-fat. Do your body, and your waistline a favor, by swapping margarine out for healthier unsaturated fats. Pure butter is a whole food. has no trans-fat, and is a better option if you’re considering going clean. Learn more about good fat vs. bad fat here.
3. White Rice
Like white bread, white rice offers no nutritional value and the body does not know how to process it. In addition, white rice spikes blood sugar, making it dangerous for diabetics. Steer clear of white rice and choose brown rice, instead. Learn more about the differences between brown rice and white rice here. Try our Slow Cooker Brown Rice Pudding.
4. Movie Theater Popcorn
We know. It’s hard to say, “no,” to the mouth-watering smell of buttered popcorn at the movie theater, but this snack favorite is loaded with unhealthy and genetically-modified ingredients. Opt for bringing your own organic popcorn, or try one of these 5 Snacks to Munch at the Movies.
5. Cured Meat Products
Hot dogs, bacon, summer sausage, and even many deli meats are often full of sodium nitrates and other preservatives that have been linked to cancer and heart disease. When buying meat, choose that which comes from organic, grass-fed animals. Check out our recipe for Skinny Breakfast Sausage if you’re looking for a clean replacement.
6. Conventional Frozen Meals
Sure, they’re convenient, but conventional frozen meals are loaded with unhealthy preservatives, processed salts, and artificial ingredients. If you’re in the search for quick and easy meal options, check out these Quick Prep Dinners.
7. Conventional Protein Bars
We know, conventional protein bars can most often be found on the health food aisle. Beware, these bars often contain processed soy and unhealthy preservatives and are far from “health foods”. Skip the additives by making your own delicious protein bars with 100% clean ingredients. Try our Quinoa Protein Bars.
8. So-Called “Diet” Foods
If a food is labeled as “diet”, more often than not it has replaced natural sugars with refined or chemically made sweeteners, like aspartame or Saccharin, which have been linked to a ton of health issues. Having trouble giving up diet soda? Take our No Soda Challenge and try these 4 Healthy Alternatives to Diet Sodas.
9. “The Dirty Dozen”
Fruits and veggies are supposed to be healthy, right? Unfortunately, some produce is pumped full of unhealthy pesticides. Steer clear of foods found on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list and opt for organic instead. To learn which foods are included as part of the “Dirty Dozen”, click here.
Want to add healthy foods to your diet, but aren’t sure which foods make the cut? Check out our Ultimate Shopping List of 50 Superfoods you can feel good about filling your cart with.