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20 Foods You Should Just Never Eat

20 Foods You Should Just Never Eat

A few months back, a website called (a sort of news aggregator with an activist flavor) published a list of nine foods you should never eat again if you care at all about your long-term health. Each of the nine foods mentioned ranged from the somewhat surprising to the “I stopped eating that crap years ago” category. Here is what was on that list:

White Bread, Refined Flours
Conventional Frozen Meals
White Rice
Microwaveable Popcorn
Cured Meat Products with Nitrates
Most Conventional Protein Bars
Soy Milk and Soy-Based Meat Substitutes
Diet Anything

Each of these listed above were accompanied by a paragraph explaining how toxic they are, or how nutritionally vacant they may be. But this got me thinking…only nine foods? Off the top of my head I could think of at least ten more, including Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino (along with just about anything that costs more than $2 from Starbucks). But beyond such specifics, I wanted to add an additional eleven to make an even-numbered list of 20 forbidden foods. These were all selected on account that they are bad for your health and offer little in return. I skipped over items that were just poorly managed, unsustainable, or just plain bad for the environment (that could easily be another list of fifty or more). So here goes:

Conventionally Grown Berries (due to the abundance of pesticides used)
Deep Fried Foods (due to the fact that they are loaded with saturated fat)
Conventional Fruit-Flavored Yogurt (loaded with more sugar than many sodas)
Pop Tarts (loaded with fat and sugar)
Vitamin Water (also loaded with tons of sugar)
Mayonnaise (just too much fat)
Store-Bought Muffins (loaded with fat and sugar)
White Pasta (lacking any real nutrition)
Canned Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce (the acid of the tomatoes leaches BPA from the can)
Artificial Sweeteners (They can increase your appetite and create severely adverse health effects)
Conventionally Produced Meat (too many reasons to list)

And there is a lot more where that came from. What else can or would you add to this list? Is there anything you think has been unfairly demonized?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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4:36PM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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5:10PM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

My grandmother, who came from the "Old Country", cooked with ingredients such as unsalted butter, sour cream and chicken fat (which last she rendered herself). She never used olive oil, which she scorned as greasy, foul-tasting rubbish. She cooked all kinds of meats, seasoned with generous amounts of onion, garlic and paprika. Everything she cooked would have appalled the readers of this column, who probably would have regarded it as the most unhealthy food imaginable. Oh, did I mention that she lived 95 years?

6:56AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

I agree with eating as much fresh food as possible, including produce either grown in your garden or locally. It's important to know the ingredients of what we consume - often commercially prepared food has an incredibly long list of automatic turn off for me! With all the genetically modified food these days our choices of 'natural' food are becoming more and more limited. Of course, moderation is the best advice!

2:59PM PDT on Jul 28, 2014


12:59AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

Thank you!

5:30PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

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1:30PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014


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