8 Foods Nutritionists Always Avoid

By Holly / March 20, 2016

It seems like there are new and conflicting ideas about food coming out every day. There are almost as many different diets as there are people trying to lose weight, all with varying degrees of effectiveness, and things we used to think provided at least some nutritional value are being shown to provide nothing other than empty calories.

Luckily there are some things all nutritionists can agree on, regardless of who you are. Eat more vegetables and whatever you do, stay away from these 8 foods:

  1. Processed/canned meat or cheese

These often contain all kinds of additional thickeners, sugars, salt and preservatives to extend their shelf life. It might be tempting when you’re broke but you’re better off avoiding these items altogether until you can afford the fresher version. All that extra sugar and sodium can really wreak havoc on your diet, even if it’s only a can here and there.

  1. Diet soda

Diet soda might not contain all kinds of sugar but it does still contain hundreds of empty calories. Some research also suggests that curbing your sugar cravings with diet soda may actually make it more difficult for your body to respond properly when confronted with real sugar. Switch it out for water, tea or coffee.

  1. Fat free dairy

Most of us know now that there’s such a thing as healthy fats and they can often be found in nuts and fish, but did you know the fat in your dairy products is also good for you? If that’s not enough to convince you to run away from fat free dairy, consider that many of these products use sugar, salt or corn syrup to give the products something of the flavor they lose when their natural fat is removed.

  1. Bacon

Realizing this one’s a definite heart breaker, but it’s important to know the truth: bacon has a high saturated fat (the worst kind of fat for your body) content and an equally high sodium content. Anything more than bacon bits in your Caesar salad or Brussel sprouts is a total diet breaker. It might be painful but giving up this breakfast staple is sure to improve your health and shrink your waistline.

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  1. Hot dogs

Not only are hot dogs highly processed meat, the processes they go through remove pretty much all the protein, making this popular lunch another source of empty calories.

  1. Maraschino cherries

If you don’t like cherries without all the artificial dyes, sugar and chemicals that make them maraschino cherries you should probably just avoid them altogether. This is the ultimate example of turning something wonderful and healthy into something disgusting and fattening.

  1. Non-dairy creamer

Unlike actual milk or cream, non-dairy creamer is usually chock full of artificial sweeteners and completely devoid of nutritious value. Adding this to your coffee can actually increase your risk of heart disease, so stick to regular dairy products or black coffee.

  1. Pepperoni

Regardless of the taste, if you’re going to spring for pizza you should at least make sure it’s covered with vegetables that have at least some nutritious value left. Pepperoni is just another source of sodium with a tiny protein content.

Improving your health doesn’t necessarily have to mean a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. Simply cutting these foods out of your diet is a great first step in the right direction—and it might make a bigger impact than you thought possible.



About the author


Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!