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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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5:53AM PDT on Aug 30, 2015


2:25AM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

Thanks for the warning!

8:20PM PDT on Aug 20, 2015

wow yeah there is some interesting points in this article. I didn't know about the tomato sauce acidity and BPA leakage, so thanks! :)

10:09AM PDT on Aug 18, 2015

As people, we have to stand up to this bull**** of not having the nutrition we need. It NEEDS to be affordable for ALL!

12:59PM PDT on Aug 15, 2015

Wouldn't it be easier listing foods that are safe to eat? Loll.

9:24PM PDT on Aug 14, 2015

I have just gone on a seefood diet, seefood and eat it, Yummy. Thank you for caring and sharing.

9:22PM PDT on Aug 14, 2015

Gee if we stopped eating everything they say is bad for you, we might as well be dead. Thank you for sharing.

1:22PM PDT on Aug 11, 2015


9:06AM PDT on Aug 9, 2015

Thank you

1:58PM PDT on Aug 8, 2015

Eat and drink air and be healthy but die fast eh? I have always remembered a dietitian saying "Never eat anything that has an advertisement on television. It is bad for you." Makes a lot of sense I believe. Oh and food that can go bad is good for you but food that doesn't is bad for you. Good points to remember.

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