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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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4:34PM PST on Nov 20, 2014

The bible tells you to eat everything in moderation.I think that would be the smart thing to do.

10:42AM PST on Nov 20, 2014

All very true, if you can afford to purchase locally-raised and organic foods. If not, then the more water a fruit or vegetable contains, the more likely it will be to have taken up the toxins from pesticides into its tissues. So you're better off avoiding those as much as possible. Celery would be a good example of that.

9:47AM PST on Nov 19, 2014


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4:06AM PST on Nov 18, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:50PM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Thank you.

10:35AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

Don't believe everything!

9:45PM PST on Nov 2, 2014

That does it! I'm done with food.

5:41AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Yes, there was a programme on that a few nights ago on British television.

3:22AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014

Actually, the latest research shows that "conventionally produced meat" is only unhealthy in the US, due to the very *un*conventional way in which unfortunate livestock beasts in the US are force-reared and fed on grain and hormones, as opposed to growing up naturally on grass the way they generally do in the rest of the world. Fat isn't nearly as bad for you as used to be thought. And pasta is close to being a superfood - but only if you cook it, then let it cool rigfht down, then re-heat it, to change the nature of the starches it contains.

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Great ideas, thank you

That's a scary amount of toxins in a small developing body!

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