START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

20 Foods You Should Just Never Eat

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 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?

Related:
8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body
Top 10 Riskiest Foods
Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food

Read more: Blogs, Cancer, Cholesterol, Conscious Consumer, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Following Food, Food, Health, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

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.

890 comments

+ add your own
4:39PM PST on Jan 30, 2015

White rice can be a very important food in certain circumstances.

1:13AM PST on Jan 30, 2015

Thanks for the info

10:33AM PST on Jan 29, 2015

Blame. Thanks for the article.

10:33AM PST on Jan 29, 2015

I blae the obesity 'epidemic' as much on food processing as on deep frying.

10:32AM PST on Jan 29, 2015

Stay away from prepared and porcessed 'meals' and you've won the battle.

1:43AM PST on Jan 27, 2015

Hahahahahahaha Being Asian there's just no way I'm going to stop eating white rice unless I refuse to eat at any family gatherings. The clean taste of white rice juxtaposed with some savory main dish is too too good.

12:47PM PST on Jan 25, 2015

while I agree that these foods are bad, unless you wanna live like a sheltered person and/or the Amish, you're gonna die anyway, so if you eat this stuff, it's all okay in MODERATION, even bad stuff & sweets.

But if you want to live a very sheltered life, not eating anything that's even a teeny bit bad for you, then I can't stop you--- but I feel bad for you doing that to yourself.

12:37AM PST on Jan 6, 2015

Ty

12:37AM PST on Jan 6, 2015

Ty

5:41PM PST on Jan 2, 2015

tyfs

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

He kind of looks like Vladimir Putin.

Awww that's so sad.....but at least now they'll be together forever :(

Thanks for sharing

Thank u

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.