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?

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1092 comments

sandra m.
sandra m.2 days ago

maybe it would be easier if they just listed what we CAN eat. which is nothing if you read ALL the articles. I said something to someone once about Velveeta cheese. she said.. "that's not real cheese".. I said we aren't breathing real air, we aren't drinking real water, so what if we aren't eating real cheese?? probably what we need to do is find what's the LEAST horrible.. stick with those, but still have some of the moderately horrible. I like white rice and white pasta and that is never going to change. they are going to continue to poison our food with pesticides and fake ingredients and that is also never going to change.

A. R
Ahmed R.4 days ago

Soy Milk and meat substitutes are considered healthy foods and now they are on the "never eat" list. What should one believe???

vicky T.
vicky T.5 days ago

We/our parents/our grandparents ate lots of white pasta, white bread and white rice as we grew up. I don't see what's the big deal

sheena arsenault

ty ty sorry did not know if my message was working lol

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Julie Neves
Julie Neves8 days ago

Easy... Exept for french fries. Is once a year is consider "almost never?"

Antony M.
Antony M.10 days ago

not good

Hent catalina - maria

Thanks

Sen Heijkamp
Sen Heijkamp14 days ago

thanks