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:
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1141 comments

Sharon B.
Sharon B.3 days ago

Thanks for the info!

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney5 days ago

Great, interesting article.Thank you for caring and sharing,

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney5 days ago

Very informative Thank you for caring and sharing,

Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney5 days ago

Very interesting article. Thank you for caring and sharing,

Elaine W.
Elaine W.8 days ago

I am warned but not totally reformed. Sigh...

S Gardner
S Gardner11 days ago

THANKS!

Rory Graham
Rory Graham12 days ago

Never, as they say, is a long day. Many foods won't hurt if eaten once in a while and not as part of a basic diet.

suzie c.
suzie c.16 days ago

Yep

Dave C.
Dave C.16 days ago

oops

esther w.
esther w.16 days ago

Too late for me I guess. Nothing is deadly as living, but you are allowed to enjoy it in the meantime, I think