33 Most Unhealthy Foods You Should Avoid

With so much talk of healthy foods and what you should be eating, the foods that are the worst for us can get overlooked. The reason it’s so hard to avoid these kinds of food is because the things that make them bad also make them taste good. Fatty foods typically taste good, so do sweet and salty ones, which means a lot of the foods you love are likely not the best things you can have.

But you don’t have to resort to living like Tom Hanks in Castaway, there are plenty of foods that you can turn to that taste amazing and won’t jeopardize your well-being. It’s about learning why certain foods are bad, so you can make better choices on a day-to-day basis. That being said, here are some dietary landmines to watch out for, and step around.

Trans Fat

This is the most notorious of the unhealthy ingredients they put in foods, and has even led for a ban on them in New York City. Avoiding it is tricky, no thanks in part to the FDA that allows food manufacturers to say there’s no trans fat in foods, even when there is. Since 2 grams is the most you should have in a day, allowing foods with 0.5 gram or less to call themselves trans fat free is a real problem. You’re best off avoiding trans fat-containing foods completely.

Fast Food

We all know we shouldn’t eat fast food because it’s bad for us, but part of the reason is because of all the trans fats and other additives they use to make the food taste good. The problem is not just that there is trans fat in the foods, but that the portion sizes quickly multiply those contents and before long you have a week’s worth of trans fat in one meal. A large french fry from McDonald’s supplies 4 day’s worth of trans fat by itself.

Packaged Cookies

Even the beloved Girl Scout Cookies still sneak some trans fat in, despite a label that says “trans fat free”. You may be able to justify those because they only happen a few times per year, but check to see if your favorite store bought cookies are made with partially hydrogenated cooking oils, chances are they are including Chips Ahoy and Keebler, although some brands like Oreos now use “high oleic” oils instead so they can provide shelf-stable cookies at a reasonable cost.

Cake Frosting

The cake itself might not have trans fat, but chances are if the frosting isn’t made from scratch it will likely have trans fat in it. Duncan Hines Creamy Homestyle Chocolate frosting doesn’t have much “homestyle” about it. Chances are you wouldn’t be using partially hydrogenated oils in your homemade frosting. One serving provides nearly a full day’s worth of trans fat, so you’d better be extra careful about all of the other food you eat that day.


If you get your pancakes out of a box, you might not even suspect they might contain trans fat because it starts off in powder form. Bisquick for example has nearly 5g of trans fat in each cup. Makes you think twice about using pre-made mixes and just take the extra minute or so to come up with your own batch so you know everything that’s in it.

Microwave Popcorn

Most of the popular brands of microwave popcorn have trans fat of some sort in them. One of the biggest offenders is Pop Secret, which supplies 5 grams of trans fat per serving. Sounds like a lot since it more than doubles your daily allowance. The big thing to remember is that few of us stop at one serving of popcorn as we snuggle up to watch a movie at home.

Frozen Meals

Most people buy frozen dinners for a quick and easy meal, or to help lose weight. But many of them are laden with hydrogenated oils which in turn means they contain trans fat in some amount. In order to avoid these types of meals simply check the label for both hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Since you’ll most likely be microwaving these meals, you’re also adding to their unhealthiness, further destroying any nutrients they might contain, and processing the ingredients even further.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

This is an ingredient that didn’t exist before 1960, but has a strong appeal to food manufacturers because it’s so very sweet, cheap to make, and easy to store. According to David Zinczenko in The Abs Diet, the human body doesn’t have a shut-off switch for HFCS the way it does with real sugar. This leads us to keep drinking a cola or eating sweet treats long after we would have stopped if they were naturally sweetened.

Colas and Sodas

These are the number one offender because they’re so ubiquitous. 7UP once tried to claim that their soda was made with all-natural ingredients, saying that because it comes from corn HFCS is all-natural. They no longer phrase it this way, and other colas blatantly have it listed as the most abundant sweetener. In ordinary Coca-Cola it’s the only sweetener used.


Although many dieters add yogurt to their daily menu, they’d better watch out at the sweeteners it contains, with many of the brands using High Fructose Corn Syrup to make them taste good. Going with a light version of yogurt no doubt means you’re getting an artificial sweetener, which can be just as bad.


Most ketchup ends up on french fries, and few stop to consider that it’s actually acting to make the fries more unhealthy. That’s because it uses High Fructose Corn Syrup as it’s #3 ingredient – at least a bottle of America’s #1 Bestselling ketchup: Heinz. There’s 4g of sugar total, and the majority of that will come from HFCS.


Many people turn to cereals as a healthy start to their day, or as a nutritious breakfast for their children. Kelloggs is a big offender with several popular brands containing HFCS including Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Smorz, Rice Krispies, and Special K. Kelloggs is not the only ones in on the act, with General Mills adding it to Trix, and Post adding it to Oreo O’s.

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

You’ll have to familiarize yourself with the other names that MSG can hide behind, including glutamic acid, monopotassium glutamate, natrium glutamate, monoammonium glutamate, yeast extract, gelatin, calcium glutamate, magnesium glutamate, soy protein, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, autolyzed yeast, and Textured protein, just to name a few. The most dastardly way to disguise it: “natural flavors”.

Ranch Dressing

It’s America’s favorite dressing and dipping sauce, but ever wonder why you can’t get enough of it, and why it makes so many things taste better? One of the most popular nationwide brands, Hidden Valley Ranch, has it in its ingredients, as well as Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, and other artificial flavors and sweeteners.

Fried Foods

Set aside the high amounts of trans fat, saturated fat, calories, and cholesterol that comes with frying foods, since that’s been covered many times before and most of us already know about those dangers. Another reason to avoid eating fried foods is that most of them will contain MSG. One of the easiest ways to get fried food with MSG in it is to stop into KFC and order anything fried from their menu. They’re not the only culprit, not by a long shot. MSG is prevalent in so many packaged foods that it’s almost a given that if it comes from a major food supplier, is fried and comes in a package, it will contain some amount of MSG.

Packaged Chips

The more flavoring a chip has, the more MSG and other artificial ingredients you can expect it to have. It’s hard to come up with exact numbers of how much MSG they contain, because it’s not required to list it on the Nutrition Facts. You can get an idea of how prevalent it is by how far down the ingredients list it is. The further down, the less it has, but just remember that they’ll sneak it in using different names, so while Monosodium Glutamate might be near the bottom, a different substance may be closer to the top.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have been under the spotlight for decades now as health food advocates point out that they can come with a list of side effects, much like a drug. The side effects that are claimed by those against sweeteners like aspartame include some really severe conditions, such as depression, insomnia, blindness, tinnitus, hives, and a contributing factor to things like Alzheimer’s and MS. Whether they’re wrong or right it seems best to sidestep the problem altogether.

Light Foods and Beverages

If you’re calorie conscious you might be attracted to foods that are advertised as Lite or Light, since they’ll have fewer calories than their regular counterparts. But what you’re trading the calories for is typically artificial sweeteners that might be calorie-free but have their own side effects and health hazards.

Diet Colas and Sodas

Diet sodas don’t contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, but in its place are sweeteners like aspartame. The debate rages on whether aspartame is as bad as the claims being made, but why get involved with it? It’s definitely not good for you, and if you’re drinking diet drinks you’re concerned about your health and well-being. It’s best to replace them with all-natural beverages that are low in calories, but still have some flavor, like green tea.

Packaged Diet Snacks

Many of these snack packs come in 100 calorie sizes, which appeals to many dieters. But in order to get them to taste good and not add too much to the bottom line they include different unnamed artificial sweeteners in them. Whether or not these are bad for you is under question, but they’re certainly not good for you, and it’s a little unnerving when they won’t tell you exactly what’s in the food.


High levels of sodium, or salt, can really wreak havoc on your body. Not only does it cause you to retain water, but it also increases blood pressure and can lead to complications with the heart. Almost all heart patients are put on a low-sodium diet, whether they suffered a heart attack, stroke, or are at risk for them. It makes sense to watch your sodium levels long before it reaches the point of a doctor telling you to do so, or forcing you onto a diet to help save your life.


Cheese also has copious amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, which is why you want to go easy on it as far as your daily diet goes. But there is another factor of cheese to consider, and that is the amount of sodium it contains. Be sure to stay away from Cheez Whiz, as that has almost a quarter of the RDA of sodium in one serving. And even cheeses that are often considered healthy pack a sodium punch. For example feta cheese has about half the daily limit of sodium in a 100 gram serving.

Salty Snacks

The problem with salty snacks is that the salt makes you keep eating them. Once you have the salty flavor on your taste buds you automatically reach for another chip. And the sodium is only one concern, as these snacks are usually cooked in partially hydrogenated oils giving them trans fats, and use artificial seasonings and flavorings.

Lunch Meats

Because of the processing they go through most lunch meats are packed with extra sodium as well as nitrates. There are plenty of reasons to take a pass on lunch meats, or at least to read the labels before you buy in order to make sure that you are getting meat that isn’t loaded with fillers and additives. Some other top concerns are the bacteria listeria which can pose a problem for pregnant women, sodium nitrate which could potentially be cancer-causing, and added oils and sweeteners which add to the fat and carb count.


One slice of delivered pizza can contain a full day’s worth of sodium depending on the toppings and type of crust you order. It’s mostly because of the high cheese content, but also because there’s salt and MSG in the dough, and if you’re getting toppings like pepperoni, sausage, ham, and any other cured and processed meats, you’re going to be doubling down on your sodium intake.


The feds say that 300mg of cholesterol a day should be your limit. The foods below will get you to that limit pretty quickly, especially if you eat more than the recommended serving size, which is pretty easy to do in most cases. Not all cholesterol is bad for you, so be sure that you’re differentiating between the good kinds and the bad kinds, and not cutting out all foods that contain any cholesterol. These foods will increase your levels of LDL cholesterol, aka the bad kind, and are best avoided or consumed in limited quantities.

Ice Cream

Anything that tastes as good as ice cream does can’t be good for you, and as it turns out one of the reasons to avoid it is the high levels of cholesterol it contains. While one serving might not get you there, many of us don’t stop at one serving, and it’s very to overeat when it comes to ice cream, especially if we’re eating it due to emotional reasons.

Eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Dublin Mudslide because you’re feeling blue, and you’ll stack up 240mg of cholesterol, nearly a full day’s worth. If Haagen Daaz is your choice you and you decide to go healthy with their “5” line-up that uses just five ingredients, you’re still looking at nearly 235mg if the taste moves you to finish the pint.

Pork Products

If you’re like Homer Simpson and have a close relationship with bacon and pork chops, you might want to think about breaking things off. The amount of cholesterol in many pork items makes them something to avoid, although each cut is not created equally. Ribs have a higher cholesterol count than a pork chop, and one good sized strip of bacon can have 13mg of cholesterol, not to mention plenty of saturated fat and calories. If you’re truly in love with the stuff, consider cutting back or sticking with leaner varieties.


OK, so we all know that donuts won’t show up on any lists of the healthiest foods, but what ends them up on this list is a combination of fat, sugar, and cholesterol, as well as MSG and trans fat in some cases. The cholesterol levels are also pretty high, and are concern enough to avoid eating doughnuts as a regular breakfast item, reserving them to perhaps a monthly treat.

Saturated Fat

Saturated fat is the type of fat that you want to watch out for, as it’s the kind that clogs your arteries and can lead to heart disease, the number one killer of both men and women in America. The recommended daily allowance for saturated fat is 20g, so you don’t have a lot of wiggle room when it comes to the biggest offenders on this list. And this 20g is a cap, it is not something you need to strive to reach each day, but a way to make sure that you keep things under control and don’t overdo it.

Whipped Cream

Many times they’ll ask if you want whipped cream on your hot chocolate or coffee drink. Other instances where whipped cream pops up is on top of pies, or on an ice cream sundae. You might think you’re doing better by opting for Cool Whip at 1.5g of saturated fat per serving, but the trans fat and High Fructose Corn Syrup make it a worse choice. Reddi Wip makes the case that it’s a good choice because it’s made with cream and not oil, and comes in at 1g of saturated fat per dollop.

Fatty Meats

If you don’t opt for a lean cut of meat you’re likely to end up with plenty of saturated fat. When it comes to saturated fat, it doesn’t matter if it comes from natural sources, like a well-marbled piece of beef, or if it’s the kind you get from pre-packaged desserts or snacks. Meats like sausage are big culprits when it comes to saturated fat, with a serving of bratwurst at the big game putting you at over half the daily allowance, over 12 grams of saturated fat.


Milkshakes are harder to control because they’re in liquid form so you don’t even have to chew. In a few minutes you can suck down half a day’s worth of saturated fat and not even realize it since it tastes so yummy. McDonald’s strawberry milkshake has 8g of saturated fat in a large sized serving, a whopping 40% chunk of the 20g you’re allotted per day.

Specialty Burgers, Whoppers & Big Macs

Unfortunately getting a fancy burger at a restaurant is just as bad for you as the fast food baddies. For example, the Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger w/ Ranch, a Chili’s Big Mouth Burger contains 34g of saturated fat. The Big Mac from McDonald’s clocks in at 10g, and you can nearly double that with their Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese at 19g. Burger King’s Whopper by comparison has the same 10g.


Foods high in calories can really add to your waistline in a hurry if you’re not careful. The reason they’re so sneaky is because you can consume hundreds of calories quickly and not even be aware of it. A popular dieting theory is that the fewer calories taken in the more weight you’ll lose, all else being equal. That’s why you see people going on low-calorie diets and trying to burn calories in the gym. You don’t have to go to extremes, but minding the calories you consume will lead to a healthier you.

Pasta Dishes

A plain bowl of pasta won’t ruin your day, calorically speaking, but pasta often serves as the foundation for more calorie-laden dishes. A nice slab of Lasagna Classico from Olive Garden for example can tip the charts at 850 calories, more than half of the calories allotted to some dieters. That doesn’t leave much for the rest of the day. Also consider a small serving of Spaghetti with Meatballs from Buca di Beppo that tips the tables at 916 calories.


Dressings have claimed their fair share of salads to the dark side. After creating the perfect salad at a salad bar, one that’s low in calories and contains many healthy foods, you can ruin all your hard work by drizzling it with salad dressing. This amps up the calorie count, as well as the fat count, carb count, and cholesterol numbers. French dressing smashes things up with 88 calories in each tablespoon, and Ranch crashes the party with 140, and if you go with the Blue Cheese dressing from Carl’s Jr. you should just stay home because it’s 320 calories per serving with almost all of them coming from fat.


Dark chocolate is making a surge as a health food, but milk chocolate still rules the market and is the most easy to come by. The only problem is that it’s not as healthy for you as dark, and it’s easy to ramp up the calories if you have a chocolate binging episode. There are 3.4 calories in each M&M, 73 in each piece of Godiva chocolate, and 23 in each Hug version of Hershey’s Kisses.


It’s not as if you have to go low-carb or no-carb but you should still keep an eye on your carbohydrate intake. In fact there’s even a recommended daily allowance set at 130g. Why are too many carbs unhealthy? Foods high in carbohydrates will be digested quickly and tend to increase your blood sugar levels. This causes a release of insulin, which produces glycogen which gets stored in the body as fat. They’re also responsible for making you feel hungry again quickly, and can lead to more eating and overeating than would otherwise happen.


For a long time bagels were thought of as a healthy way to start the day, until the no-carb fad came along. Now they are gaining popularity again, but is it justified? A plain bagel from Einstein Bros. Bagels contains 59g of carbohydrates, and uses up 45% of your daily allowance. Chances are when you’re having a bagel, you’re not leaving it plain and are topping it off with cream cheese, butter, jelly, or making a breakfast sandwich with it, which only makes it less healthy for you.

Coffee Drinks

A cup of regular Joe won’t damage your carb levels for the day, but when you get all fancy you’re ultimately created a carb-infused cocktail. A medium cappuccino from McCafe at McDonald’s will cost you 12g of carbs, and a medium sized latte, even with sugar-free syrup, still puts you at 44g of carbohydrates, almost insuring you’re going to go over your daily budget.

Movie Popcorn

No list of unhealthy foods would be complete without movie popcorn on it. This can fit under many categories, including too many calories, too much saturated fat, too much MSG, trans fat from hydrogenated oil, and that doesn’t even count the “butter” topping. But aside from all of that it has plenty of carbs. A large sized bucket has about 90g of carbs in it, with that number varying by location.

The Baddest of Them All

The foods listed here are just some examples of the baddest of the bad. Avoiding them will help you cut out some of the worst offenders, and will be a big stride in the right direction towards better health. Of course it’s easier said than done, because many of these foods taste incredible, and are very enticing. The goal here is not to wipe them out completely, but just to be aware of what they contain, and what they can do to your body over the long term. Keeping them to a minimum will help you enjoy them more when you do indulge because you’ll have less guilt.

The 33 most unhealthy foods you should avoid. Everyone needs to read this! I didn't know just how bad some of these foods were for you.

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  1. Kate Rosin says:

    Can’t live without my ketchup! I’ve found that, like most things in life, moderation is the key. Now, I measure it out and use it sparingly.

    • Priscilla says:

      Try Annie’s organic ketchup. Sooo good, no guilt.

      • Misty says:

        where can i find it ?

      • Holly says:

        Don’t forget BBQ sauce. It usually contains High Fructose Corn Syrup. Annie’s is a good brand to try. Also, some salad dressings may have trans fat, excessive sugar, and other strange chemicals within them. Not all fast foods are bad, just make sure you try to stick with ‘whole foods’ when eating out. My go to meal is always the Market Salad at Chick-fil-a (w/o chicken and granola). It doesn’t get more simple/basic than that. I would *love* to never eat out, and always prepare my own meals, but truth be told, life happens. Sometimes you have to eat out (for example, if you experience a family emergency). This is why it’s important to have a few “go to meals” that are healthy.

        PS. I also agree with Lori Geurin. White flour is very unhealthy. I cannot even eat it anymore 🙁

    • jackie says:

      I buy an organic ketchup from Trader Joe’s. It has organic cane sugar in it instead of the high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is still sugar but if one is going to eat it it is better to have healthy sugar.

      • Kim says:

        Cane Sugar is definitely the better choice because HFCS is very damaging to the organs and it brings on diabetes with a vengeance! All sugars are NOT created equally. Another sugar to stay clear from is Agave. Although it is passed off as being healthy don’t believe it. Dr. Mercola has done the testing on this sugar.

    • Fabino says:

      I make my own ketchup with sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, dates, herbs and spices and agave syrup..its delicious, you wont want to go back to the store ketchup..for the recipe google Brendan Brazier ketchup…its in his book, but im sure its published somewhere

    • Sonorita Lopez says:

      10 foods that will KILL you (Unhealthy foods the Real Truth)


      unhealthy food,most unhealthy fast food… great information. The Video just taught me a lot of things about the food we eat…

    • Sammy says:

      We make our own…

    • kat says:

      i freaking love ketchup

    • Live Peachy says:


      I agree with other posters that organic ketchup is the way to go for the healthiest ketchup, aside from making your own; however, lucky for you, they also make ketchup without the HFCS in it and it’s usually right next to the stuff that you’re used to!


    • Pay says:

      Google a homemade recipe for ketchup instead of store bought one, so much better

    • Terri says:

      It’s actually easy, just buy fresh food, there’s no labels to read, stay away from prepared food, if there wasn’t anyone buying the garbage, there would not be a market, so stop the insanity! I am 60 years old, I don’t take any medicine, nor vitamins, just like this site trying to sell you some, once in a while I eat junk, but my body is happy, so it doesn’t affect me , because I do not eat things that my body does not understand, and then would become addicted to it! And the organic that I know really is, is if I grow it myself! Get smart America!

  2. Chase says:

    How come all the tasty goodies are bad for you? I love fast food, packaged cookies, pancakes, microwave pop corns, and even frozen meals. The only thing that I don’t like from the trans fat list is cake frosting. I enjoy eating and that’s probably why I’ve gained lots of weight in the last few years, but I really hate the fact that all the foods that I loved growing up are terrible for our body. If only my parents had healthier diets, then maybe I’d have a better diet today.

    • Jessica says:

      Don’t blame your parents for the decisions you are making about your diet. My parents are the red meat and potatoes type but I still manage to eat healthier than what I grew up with. They don’t work out and I do. It’s your choice, and you can make the choice for yourself to eat healthier things than your parents did.

    • Amanda Snow says:

      Why do you need to blame your parents for your diet? It’s never too late to correct it. Just focus on you proper diet and you’ll really see the good results. 🙂

  3. RiverMan says:

    No!!!! Not pancakes!!! I need to eat my pancakes, please don’t tell me I can’t eat pancakes. Why do they have to make all the tasty goodies so unhealthy? Bunch of bastards get us hooked to these tasty treats and puts us in the hospital in the later years of our lives. Sigh… Can I just cut down on them instead of avoiding them completely?

    • allie martinez says:

      yes i know how you feel

    • Priscilla says:

      I think it’s just the pancake mixes. Pancakes from scratch are just as easy to make.

    • Jessica says:

      With just a little research on how to make these things from scratch with healthier ingredients, you can have your (pan)cake and eat it, too. My friend has a buckwheat pancake recipe that is delicious!

    • Kim says:

      Learn to make your own. They take just a few minutes to make. I stopped by the ones at the store. Remember the more terrible foods we eat now the worse our future will be when we are older. It isn’t worth it!!!

    • shonna says:

      i know its like that with my pop corn at the theater. I just limit it

    • Pat says:

      Make your own pancakes from scratch and then all those preservatives are gone! We love pancakes and make my granny’s receipe which is really fast.

  4. Emma says:

    FDA has been bought off by the big corps long time ago. They say that this government body’s like a revolving door for the big corporations, so who really knows what other things they’ve okayed and we’re eating now. Now more than ever we need to help each other out to inform ourselves with important issues such as this and avoid consuming the garbage that’s being pushed down our throats. I give mad props to websites like this that inform the public and they don’t just hype up weight loss products and such. Good job bembu.

  5. Mark says:

    Kate …. there is ketchup with no HFCS I find mine in the dollar tree … there is more and products changing ingredients because the CORPS are knowing we are catching on to the poison CRAP in their products … READ ingredients you will see the Change! Im glad to SEE this btw ; ) more Power to us ingredient readers!!!

  6. md.nahid says:

    I guess low fat unsweetened yoghurt are good it is a type of protine what helps to burn fat …..if I am wrong plz let me know

  7. MsErinT says:

    This was one of the most depressing articles I’ve ever read lol. I wouldn’t say avoid these foods but rather, only consume them 10 to 20 percent of the time. You only live once!

  8. charina baker says:

    All the food or should i say the fake or faux so called food described above are really bad for you. They are processed, contains no food value or nutrients, empty calories that is bad for or toxins for your body. you should eat more natural or raw derived food! Ever heard of GMO or genetically modified food. Almost 80% in our grocery store are Genetically modified. Sad isn’t it!

  9. Barb says:

    *sigh* Only naked lettuce and veggies left to eat. *sigh*

  10. Priscilla says:

    I already avoided 24 of things off the list. Most of my time in the supermarket is spent in the produce dept and reading ingredients off the packaged food that I buy. I always wondered what natural flavors were, thank you for answering that question.

    • Handful says:

      I am with you girl. I eat about 80% whole foods. Almost everything packaged is a chemical storm these days. We grow and preserve the majority of our food. Very lucky to live on a farm and have the know how. I am still learning every day.

  11. Mary Anne says:

    I love fries but I make my own so I am a little bit in control. But then (of course) there’s the ketchup I love on them. I tried making ketchup once and it was awful. So I do the “moderation” thing with Heinze… 🙂

    • Mike says:

      U should try organic made ketchup, theses no guilt and some tase just as good if not better then prossesed ketchup.

  12. Lindah says:

    None of the foods on this list are essential for good health. We like them but do not have to have them. They are full of empty calories and have virtually no nutritional value. They are hard to give up but, take it one day at a time, they soon won’t be missed.

  13. Mike says:

    Is it just me or did seeing these picture make u hungry

  14. Emily says:

    They say you shouldn’t eat this stuff then what should you eat I can’t think of much that is not on this list that has protein in it and also I bet you could find a way to put every kind of food on the planet here every kind of food is unhealthy in some way.

  15. Diane says:

    re: HFCS and catsup~~for many years, Hunt’s has made their catsup without HFCS and recently Heinz has been making an additional variety of catsup with no HFCS

  16. Tracy says:

    The countries that eat the highest amounts of saturated fat in the diet have the lowest rates of heart disease. It’s time to take saturated fat off the list of unhealthy foods.

    “Replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates – which has been recommended by the American Heart Association for decades – reduces HDL and increases small, dense LDL, both of which are associated with increased risk of heart disease.”

    • Penelope says:

      Tracy, you are 100% correct about saturated fats, it does NOT clog your arteries, but feeds your brain. Cut the crap carbs, grains are not your friend, and if you don’t believe it, read “Grain Brain” by Dr. Perlmutter and “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis…both cardiologists…or pick up the latest issue of Time Magazine with the picture of butter on the cover.

    • Allie says:

      So true Tracy–Greeks, for instance, eat EVERYTHING with lots of Extra virgin olive oil, and they are healthy.

  17. Chelsea says:

    It sucks cause these are all my comfort foods. I need to lose the weight but also have more self control. I need to say no to all these foods,

  18. Allan says:

    Anyone over the age of 7 that is surprised by this is also probably surprised that the sun does not remove around them.

  19. Allcorrect says:

    1) Its your brain forcing you to store fat which is a result of a time in our past when storing fat was useful, that makes you crave these foods. Its all psychological why you like these foods. Just remember that.
    2) All the chemicals in these processed foods, I am repulsed by the very thought of eating these. I do not eat anything that’s on this list except ketchup, and that I buy organic.

  20. Maggie says:

    OMG its sooooooo hard not to eat what you love that are unhealthy

  21. Amy says:

    Nothing is left to eat then. I make my own meals and though I shop in regular grocery stores, I am paying more attention on ingredients and get condiments online since they seem to be cheaper there.

  22. Cheryl says:

    So what can we eat? That list pretty much sums up everything I eat :/

  23. Karla SMITH says:

    i hate fast food i love healthy fruit and vegetables and i love when i have just eaten then go out for fitness and exersice on my bike
    they also give me lots of energy
    i always say no to all the sugary things in life and cut the sugar to nothing

    • Allie says:

      Exactly!! I won’t eat fast food–even pizza, which started out as a healthy food has succumbed to junk and bad for you ingredients. The reason behind this is that those who are in the food business only care about MONEY, so they buy the cheapest ingredients they can get away with. The American public is by and large ignorant, and continues to buy JUNK because it tastes good, and because they don’t know that they are eating FAKE, industrial food ingredients and oils (like canola or genetically modified soy).
      The only way is to cook at home. I also love fruits and veggies. Try roasting veggies with a little olive oil and sea salt–YUM!!! So easy, so fast and so tasty!

  24. Holly says:

    everything on this list is so gross. who eats this stuff?? actually – its mostly poor families who cant afford to eat healthy. The corps make very bad food cheap so more people get sick and they get richer. It’s a very corrupt and vicious cycle. I feel terrible for people who are forced to eat frozen packaged food or deep fried chicken and burgers from fast food chains for .99c… insane! it smells horrible and I imagine it would taste just terrible. Semi healthy food is available to those of us who don’t make much money, we have to have the will to better ourselves and be educated about who is making the food we consume and be educated on how to cook something! A lot of people have no idea how to even cook.

    • Herbert says:

      Holly, very few folks are forced to eat .99c food most folks have a choice…I have a buddy who always complains he has no cash, blah blah blah he has bee forced into buying crap to eat, or comes around trying to scrounge food and money, what other choice does he have he will recant to anyone who listens, well hes not homeless, so he is suffering in this way, though he doesn’t of course live in a mansion and is not flushed with cash either, and he could stop pissing his cash down toilet through beer, or smoking his cash on cigarettes or whatever else he wastes it on, I accept everyone deserves a treat or a bit of a splurge occasionally, but, its not that he or many other folks are forced into eating crap, they choose to do so simply because it falls at the bottom of their list of priorities and they have chosen to spend said cash on other things, or simply cant be bothered to make food themselves…

      On the same score I have another friend, who is taking care of a child on her own, she works 20 hours per week as server in a local eater and she manages to feed her self and the kid and pay her rent (with some support from housing and welfare) and she doesn’t eat all week, she preps and cooks food and saves where she can, and she gets no more cash than many folks in her position…

      So its a simple matter of choice and accepting you have a choice and accepting the responsibilities for the choices you as an individual have made instead of trying to blame someone else, for example, many could learn how to cook and prep food if they wished to, but don’t and that’s fine, but this is the choice they have made, folks could spend cash on better food, but they choose not too, again this is their choice, they are not forced into buying .99c crap for the most part, it is a direct consequence of their choices overall.

      I know from experience many folks don’t like such statements because it highlights the fact that a lot of folks take less than adequate levels of responsibility for their own choices, preferring to blame others and consequences for their position in life and their consequent choices, and though life and other forces can push you into places you would rather not be, food choices are very rarely one of those places and just because the statement is ‘unsavory’ doesn’t make it any less true.

  25. Sandra says:

    i am never gonna eat unhealthy again!

  26. Spongebob says:

    I love Fried Chicken and it aint goin anywhere

  27. Olivia says:

    so your saying i have to eat basically carrots for the rest of my life

  28. This article contains a very detailed list of unhealthy foods and it thoroughly covers every possible damaging to our body and wellbeing ingredient that a food is likely to have (e.g Trans Fat, Artificial Sweeteners, Sodium, Cholesterol, Saturated Fats, etc). Actually, the categorization of these fatty, sugary and full or calories foods under different labels (e.g High Fructose Corn Syrup -HFCS, MSG- Monosodium Glutamate, Calories, etc) is what makes this article easier for all of us to read and understand. When we talk about unhealthy foods that we should strictly avoid, I usually say that we should strictly stay away from any fast-food, processed food, packaged food as well as anything that is considered a sweetener (sweet taste) either food or drink. Furthermore, a food that has a deceiving label of “Low-fat” does not necessarily mean that it is “Low-calories” as well. For example, many packaged cookies, biscuits and crackers which are also very popular are labeled as “Low-fat” but in fact each one of them is full of artificial flavors, colorings, chemicals and sweeteners which make them extremely high in calories. http://www.lifetoliveit.com

  29. Valerie says:

    Obviously not written by a food professional. The statement, “In fact there’s even a recommended daily allowance set at 130 g” is misleading (at least in this article). 130 grams of carbohydrates are in fact the minimum amount that should be consumed. If someone were to eat a 2,000 calories diet and had only consumed 130 grams, they would be consuming only 520 kcals from carbohydrates. This means this person would only consume 26 percent of their calories from carbs. The recommended intake is actually between 45 percent and 65 percent. This mean that someone consuming a 2,000 calorie diet should actually be consuming 225 to 325. Carbs are not bad for you, you need them. Just make sure at least half of them are whole grains. No food is “bad” for you, everything in moderation.

  30. Da fuq says:

    So are you saying we can’t eat all the food we have on earth?

  31. Darwin Frick says:

    Good grief !!! Is there anything left to eat besides expensive fruit & veggies ??? Those aren’t very filling. A study of even most restaurants would probably yield unhealthy picks…. , but not everyone can afford to eat out all the time. Even if you cook yourself, you have to cook with something. I presume that a lot of the bad food really doesn’t matter if you aren’t sitting at home all the time watching TV, and sitting in front of a computer. Living right is probably 90% of healthy living, but no one has ever bothered to study it…… Maybe they should.

  32. Vishal B says:

    This list is most nearly accurate. The food which tastes great is not good for your stomach is the rule of nature. Tongue likes something that is not good for your health. I think its what you keep eating all the time and make your stomach learn to digest it is also one of the thing. But refer this article which is good in many senses.

  33. SUCCESS says:

    Ive never eaten any of these foods

  34. ThisArticleIsRetarded says:

    Why not Just stop eating anything

  35. Anna says:

    Why not just stop eating anything for good. right? This article is brain washing people who are eating foods like these that arnt that bad for you and instead of telling us whats bad for us tell us whats good for us. Its very difficult to give up foods like these, just give people alternatives instead of completly putting a ban on these foods.

  36. Sammy says:

    We eat most of this stuff. We simply make it ourselves from scratch without the crap. It’s fun and easy. We use ALL organic…

  37. kat says:

    I swear some of these are weird… I love all of these foods/drinks! No one can stop me from eating/drinking these…

  38. you cant tell me anything says:

    im gonna eat all of these foods so i can die

  39. halo says:

    and if you can not eat all those things, what do you eat?

  40. dorkz says:

    So, what will i eat… cockroach 😀

  41. marktommy says:

    what are the best food for ulcer patient?

  42. logan says:

    So basically nothing in the world is healthy for you except fruits and veggies. These health freaks need to relax and enjoy some tasty foods now and then. Geez that’s why you consume these foods in moderation. Some people like me needs extra fat and calories just to keep our own body weight. Not everyone is overwright

  43. Vic says:

    You are basiclly saying EVERYTHING
    Is bad

  44. tamika says:

    Stop being babies u wanna be healthy and avoid junk food there u go so stop complaining in less ur willing to give it all up I’m giving everything up

  45. Modern Food Secrets says:

    Not only that is good to avoid those unhealthy foods, but there is also good for general health to avoid as much as possible processed food. These are full of flavors, sugar and sometimes have a lot of salt, too.

  46. Aurbey says:


  47. addi says:

    Who is the author of this article

  48. KC says:

    No duh!!! I could tell you a thousand more things just as unhealthy for you. What about the chicken Mcnuggets that have lighter fluid in the boxes with them?! Do you not think that it is important to tell people ALL of the things unhealthy for you? Tell us the MOST unhealthy! List them in an order from least to greatest! You people don’t really care do you! I am a hater and I am proud of it, and I don’t care what you think, but they are feeding you all of these things that you should already be aware of. If you want to know the WORST for you go to another website. This one is bad and I thought I should tell you that.

    P.S. I read this at the bottom and copied and pasted it :

    Bembu.com is committed to providing information on natural and alternative health, but is not written by health care professionals. All material provided at Bembu.com is for informational purposes only, and is not to be taken as medical advice or recommendation. Any health concern or condition should be addressed by a doctor or other appropriate health care professional. The information and opinions found on this website are written based on the best data available at the time of writing, and are believed to be accurate according to the best discernment of the authors. Those who do not seek council from the appropriate health care authority assume the liability of any injury which may occur. Additionally, the opinions expressed at Bembu.com do not represent the views of each and every author or contributor to Bembu.com. The publisher of this site is not responsible for any errors or omissions in any content herein.

  49. jooooo says:

    bacon yaaaaa

  50. WHAT THE CRAP?? says:

    WOW. SO BASICALLY YOUR TELLING US TO EAT NOTHING BUT FRUITS AND VEGGIES BECAUSE APPARENTLY THEIR SO DELICIOUS? Why don’t we all just throw away the bad food?! Hmmm?! Do you really think kids are going to laugh and cheer and eat fruits and veggies all their life?! KIDS WOULD RATHER STARVE TO DEATH! You do know, like, in order to live, you like, NEED TO EAT DIFFERENT FOODS AND NOT THE SAME FREAKING THING ALL DAY AND NIGHT RIGHT? This is all a horrible list! Yogurt is healthy for you! Plain yogurt is! FLAVORED YOGURT ISN’T! Pancakes should not be up there. Its like the most simplist thing ever to make from scratch. People MAINLY make pancakes from scratch. Do you really think we would all be as stupid as to dump a huge scoop of sugar in our pancakes? NO! And really? REALLY? Lunch meats are up there? So your saying that we basically can’t have a healthy sandwich for lunch?! When I was young my mom would always tell me to eat my sandwich. I’M PRETTY SURE NO ONE IS GOING TO EAT JUST LETTUCE AND OTHER FRUITS AND VEGGIES ON THEIR SANDWICH! OH WAIT! MORE LIKE A PLAINWICH BECAUSE ITS NOT A SANDWICH WITHOUT BREAD! AGH! If your right in the head, you wouldn’t listen to this damn article. Excuse my language…

  51. Chuyin says:

    Don’t drink wine because, of the sugar.. Let me drink it, send it to me, I’ll give you my address.. No sugar, no white flour(gluten).. The meats, I’ll eat for breakfast.. Fruits have sugar so, if you want to lose fat, don’t eat fruits.. Yogurt is good only if it has no sugar.. Yes, diet!

  52. filthy frank says:

    were all going to die anyway so why not enjoy the food

  53. I am terror says:

    Im going for a hike in the mountins

  54. Wolf says:

    There is literally no proof whatsoever that monosodium glutamate is harmful.

  55. Uran Edyot says:

    So we should all just eat air then if EVERYTHING is bad for you?

    No. Take your list and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

  56. britt says:

    cheese… please give me some ideas to replace the cheese. Im super bad with my chesse and i refuse to cut it out ? Is there another way around the cheese…

  57. DrGallardo says:

    The broad spectrum of contributing elements for optimal health begins by improving dietary choices. AM dietary contradictions beginning at selecting any food choice containing sugar (all sugars!) immediately thrust a cascading negative effect, Glycation, the binding of Glucose upon Proteins. I highly recomend researching Glycation End Products (AGE) Gross performance of this action for 10 yrs may result insulin resistance. Add another few yrs result may be Diabetes. Add another 19 yrs and a long term care facility may be caring for your body of multiple missing limbs. Stop the ignorance. Eat healthy while you have a choice.

    • Annette says:

      Thank you for this. I was diagnosed as diabetic 18 years ago. I attended a clinic where we were giving a list of what to eat. Every snack was high carb. I was told that the medication worked by lowering your blood sugar. The only thing I could make of their logic was that you had to eat a lot of carbs so the medication would have something to work with. That struck me as backwards. Instead I lowered my carb intake and was also able to lower my medication. After 18 years a diabetic, I still have to take medication but I don’t need insulin like just about every other diabetic that I know. If the others on here who don’t want to give up their junk food would do a bit of research, they’d learn that more and more kids are becoming diabetic at a younger age. Is it any wonder? As far as I can see, the Dept. of Health could care less. As long as it doesn’t kill you right off, it must be okay. Besides, look at all the jobs that food manufacturers provide. More people working means more taxes coming in and it’s all about money.

  58. DrGallardo says:

    Britt, a substitute for cheese of standard commercial dietary value is Paneer. It provides less fat and may result favorably for those battling weight loss issues. Research the product and decide for yourself which is the formula for a healthier lifestyle, agree…

  59. Memphis Wilson says:


  60. Christine says:

    So you’re saying that we should starve and die? That’s a clear message in this article. Making false reasons to go anorexic. What else is dangerous? Oh maybe air that we breathe. And water is foreign substance that goes into our body and it should be avoided. And clothes carry bacteria so they’re dangerous and should be avoided. There, I finished your article.

  61. Mat says:

    This is a great list, really. If I was single I’d maybe follow these guidelines about 50% of the time. Try having 2 or 3 kids and let me know how this works out for you. It’s simply not possible.

    I’ve been through a paleo phase, organic phase, and learned how to read ingredient labels, all which were very enlightening. The truth is, life is too short to spend worrying about every piece of food you eat, and too busy to spend every hour hand preparing raw and natural ingredients.

    Like anything else, it requires compromise. You can be healthy without being afraid of the ingredients listed here. Just be reasonable and do the best you can.

  62. Evelyn Vergara says:

    All the listed foods that are categorize as Junk Foods is really bad to our heath just like me and my family we always cook our own food I make my own recipe in all the foods tha we eating every meal and I make my bread and pies using organic garbanzo flour, coconut flour and quinoa flour and adding Nuts and seeds. It’s all healthy but most people they just want to eat in Fast food chain So it’s individual choice right if a person wants to be Healthy then exert effort but if not that’s their choice suffer the consequence right.

  63. This is an all-inclusive list to be sure!

    In my opinion, the worst of the unhealthy foods are sugar, white flour and processed foods. One of the healthiest choices you can make (besides cutting out the junk) is avoiding fast food and prepping whole food meals at home.

  64. Stacey McGregor says:

    Great list of unhealthy foods.
    Some studies show that every other organic or healthy product actually isn’t.

    They are full of additives and hidden sugars.

    If you put a ‘superfood’ or ‘healthy ingredients’ label on products, sales will increase for 50% at least.

    Turns out, eating healthier means cutting out these 10 fake healthy foods: wheat flakes, cereals, energy bars, bread, margarine, fruit juices etc.

  65. Trent says:

    Who tf in their right mind ever considered those to be healthy?

  66. Prometheus says:

    While there is some useful information here this list is full of gross generalizations and over-simplifications. One guiding principle is the more processed the food the more likely that it will present health hazards.

    Most agricultural land is devoted to grow vast expanses of highly engineered single strains of wheat, corn and soybeans. Besides the genetic vulnerability from losing the genetic diversity of many varieties with both beneficial and undiscovered individual attributes now gone forever, these monocultures are sustained with mined and manufactured petrochemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. The soils are depleted of their natural fauna and beneficial microorganisms with some exceptions when no-till practices are used. The absence of natural diverse vegetation for hundreds of miles has had devastating impacts upon some wildlife species, particularly songbirds and beneficial pollenating insects.

    The crops from these practices have been designed to be feedstock rather than food. They are then processed to extract and manufacture stabilized new products and chemicals while stripped of nutrients, micronutrients, phytonutrients and fiber. This is why processed foods are “fortified” or “enriched” to replace some nutrients but still depleted like white flour. Furthermore, refined carbohydrate (starch) that is white flour rapidly increases blood sugar when eaten. In contrast, complex carbohydrates as found in whole grains are broken down slowly by the body without the blood sugar shock. Whole grains and whole grain flour decompose relatively quickly compared with their refined stabilized counterparts. So you choose between the healthy whole grain food or its stabilized, long shelf-life derived product with its health concerns.

    Dietary cholesterol is not transformed into serum cholesterol.

    Carbohydrates are essential nutrients and depending upon individual health status and medical conditions here are the general guidelines: Carbohydrates: 45–65% of calories. Fat: 20–35% of calories. Protein: 10–35% of calories

    Carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for our muscles for all voluntary movement and are the only source of energy for our brain, central nervous system and red blood cells. Fat is equally essential, as it’s fundamental for a range of functions from brain function to cell structure, which with exception of nerves, are in constant turnover. But for those trying to lose weight, it may be beneficial to swap carbohydrates and/or fat calories for protein calories.

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