20 Foods You Should Just Never Eat

A few months back, a website called Trueactivist.com (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
Margarine
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 thinkingonly 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?

Related:
8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body
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1301 comments

Carl R
Carl R21 hours ago

Thanks!!!

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Peggy B
Peggy B2 days ago

Everything in moderation.

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 days ago

Noted.

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Marija M
Marija M6 days ago

interesting, tks

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Clare O
Clare O7 days ago

I had some home made wine in Malta and when I asked I was told the family had to spray the vines every six weeks for insects.

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Clare O
Clare O7 days ago

I don't eat most of those; very occasionally white rice or pasta. In a restaurant it is hard to find brown due to the extra cooking time.

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Jetana A
Jetana A8 days ago

Overall, a nasty lineup! It's hard to believe a lot of people eat most of these. Me? Organic soymilk for the best dandelion "lattes" and canned tomatoes on occasion.

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Yến Giang T
Yến Giang T8 days ago

thank you

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Joanne p
Joanne p9 days ago

ouch

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