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Some Person DID CANCEL Some Google Accounts OF Ted! WHAT DID ALSO CANCEL Email Accounts and fer sure YouTube Channels WITH AT LEAST NO EXAGGERATION 1,000 PLUS Videos Ted! DID WHAT ARE ALL In BundleFiles To DownLoad FROM THIS InterNet Site NOW.

BundleFilesThere are at Least 1,000 Videos Ted! DID To DownLoad What Were On YouTube NOT NOW.


OF Ted! FROM Ted! With Help Of

FeAngels Of Light Of Fosts And Other *osts

Summary Scriptures

Chapter 29

Starting It Up May 22, 2021

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May 24 – To PRIMARY InterNet Site Address Of: https://TedISTHEMESSIAHGodCreatOr.Net - Summary Scriptures - Chapter 29 - Ted! NEEDS ALL Drinks And Foods TO BE HOW MUCH REASONABLY POSSIBLE FREE of ALL Things what can Harm FeAngels Of Light And non spiritual Females OF Ted!

Written May 24, 2021 …


Ted! WAS TO DO METH PILLS of a Small Pill with in 4_97 MiliGrams then a Middle Pill With 2 Times 4_97 MilliGrams then a Large Pill With 14_97 MilliGrams. Early THIS MERNING FeDocters TOLD Ted! If Doing Then We Have To Start Much Manufacturing of CHEMICALS BEST FER DOING IT WHAT IS TO CAUSE ILLEGAL METH SO OUT OF CONTROL AGAIN. Then FeDocters TOLD Ted! WE THINK IT IS NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA to even do it. Ted! AGREED NOT of slightest to of slightest do these Meth Pills. Therefere AGAIN Doing Meth Happens To Be SIN Except fer what are Doing Tedian Concerts Fer Ted! And Military And Er War Winning And Er Conquering Things FER Ted! What Need It And Not AnyThing Else Because If Ted! Did It Many Would Think Many Things Do Need Meth and is NOT sin of slightest.

This LIST HAPPENS TO BE About 100 Things At PLACE Heaven then About 300 PLUS Things At PLACES 2,3,4 ABD PLACES 20 ThereAfter With The CreatOr Systems.

Ted! AND FeAngels Of Light AND FeDocters THINK BY NOW There Are TradeOffs.

PRMARILY THIS WAS TO HELP FeAngels Of Light AND non spiritual Females OF Ted! With Weight Problems.

PRIMARILY IT IS TO BE Steroid Free and Hermone FREE Drinks and Foods.

Then ALL Preservatives FREE Drinks and Foods.

Then BioTech FREE Drinks and Foods.

Then About 20 Other Things FER SURE.

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May 23, 2021

FeAngels Of Light AGREE WITH Ted! After FeDocter Lab Testing We HAVE BEEN SO HIT WITH STEROIDS In BEEF and Chicken and Turkey and Bacon and Other Meats about 10 TIMES LEGAL At PLACE Heaven Plus.

FeAngels Of Light after nearly a Year from RESURRECTION If Not VEGAN VEGITARIAN (What Ted! AND God AND The CreatOr DID CREATE FER ALL People To Eat Yet into NEAR future is Creating Can Too Eat Meats and Eggs and Dairy NOT having Lactose Intolerance) are GAINING TOO MUCH WEIGHT TOO FAST In Heaven about 10 to 30 to Additional Weight to even FAT to TOO FAT to SO FAT Because are NOT VEGAN VEGITARIANS PRIMARILY DUE to MEGADOSES of Steroids into CATTLE fer BEEF and Other Animals including Sheep fer Veal and Chickens and in Eggs from and in Turkey and Other Meats Eat then Fat. THAT PRIMARILY CAUSES to have MUCH ADDITIONAL MUSCLE MASS then some FAT DONE to FATTEN BEFERE SLAUGHT BECAUSE Meats Are Sol By Pound.


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This happens to be RERGANIZING ALL FeAngels Of Light And ALL non spiritual Physical Females OF Ted!

This WAS REASON Ted! Did NOT like Angels and Angeles and Angelos and Heaven's Race and Earths Race Males much DUE TO MALE WERST COMPETITION and INTERFERENCE and ATTEMPTING TO HAVE SEX WITH to ATTEMPTING TO TAKE FROM Ted! Downs Those Fuckers and SO MANY Other Things AGAINST Ted! Fer spiritual Females OF Ted! And non spiritual Females OF Ted!

Ted! gets along BETTER With HIS Females than Males and their Females OF COURSE. Yet Ted! Is still saving Vast Variety Of People What Include Angels and Angeles and Angelos and Heaven's Race Males and Earth's Race Males To About 100K Range Of Up Vast Variety Of People Places OUT FROM Heaven.

Ted! Now Has PLACE Heaven AND PLACES 2,3,4 AND 20 PLACES ThereAfter With The CreatOr Systems By NOW Fer Doing BEST RESURRECTIONS FIRST GENERATION FROM The CreatOr Systems Er INDIRECTLY FROM then Loaded Into Gray Systems what were Cloning Systems Ted! using fer now TO INCREASE CAPACITIES temperarily Phasing Out.

Then there are about 10K Places with Surfaces NOT ALL NUKED these Surfaces Enough To Count. These are Part of a Million Places Range Of Up Ted! Plans To Create later yet at each Place ALL NUKED About 90% Of still have non spiritual Females UnderSurfaces Surviving to Living to Comfertably Living In Vast UnderSurfaces. These Have WHAT Ted! DID SET UP With Much Help OF Ted! Ark Vaults and resurrection Vaults and fer Sterage of SO MANY Gray Systems Vaults. There are NO spiritual Females alive there now. When spiritual Females DID SEE AND HEAR AND TALK TO ER AT LEAST SEE HOW SO HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL AND SO VERY Intelligent To FeGenious IT WAS SUCH SUICIDE EMPIDEMIC after about a Trillion resurrections of SO MANY spiritual Females WHAT ALL DID WANT TO LIVE AT LEAST AT A PLACE WITH The CreatOr Systems AND BE FROM. There are not ONLY about 10K alive now spiritual Female resurrections SO Ted! IS DOING NOTHING further concerning resurrections of spiritual Females. Ted! IS STILL PLANNING TO DO non spiritual Female resurrections BECAUSE ARE NOT spiritual Females When Even If Described DO NOT understand SUCH IMPROVEMENT A RESURRECTION HAPPENS TO BE FIRST GENERATION FROM A The CreatOr System therefere CURRENTLY ARE MUCH HAPPIER. It seems sometimes Ignerance Is Bliss. It is FeAngels Of Light are NOT to tell too much to cause to be too unhappy yet WERST EVIL Satan and Werst Demons and Demons from HELL_EVIL_Earth ARE ATTEMPTING TO CAUSE SO MUCH DISCONTENT to PROBLEMS to POUND to DO SUICIDE and DID THAT to about a Trillion resurrection of spiritual Females. There are now about 10K non spiritual Females still Out There. Ted! AND FeAngels Of Light GENDER SECURED ALL Range to Down of Places by now EXCEPT HELL_EVIL_Earth. Then Other Than PLACE Heaven AND PLACES 2,3,4 AND 20 PLACES ThereAfter With The CreatOr Systems INCLUDING IN ALL Arks PERMANENT DELETIONS of ALL Digital Genetics and are still SECUURING with Actual Genetics INCLUUDING remains in Graves Exhuming then INSINERATING BURNED to ASHES so CANNOT be Put In Gray Systems and er If S til Find use Cloning systems and WERST EVIL Cloning. Now this is NEARLY DONE In ALL Arks of ALL spiritual Females EXCEPT Location Of PLACES With OF Ted! The CreatOr Systems. This is called Spiritually SECURING. At ALL Places Down about 9 Million Places Ted! And FeAngels Of Light ARE STILL NEARLY DONE People SECURING in Arks and resurrection Vaults and To Stere systems Vaults AND RUINING ALL Gray Systems what were Cloning systematizes and TOO What Ted! Did Have Start To Do White systems what were BEST of ALL Cloning Systems to Gray Systems WERE er ARE TO BE TOO ALL RUINED and Things From Salvages EXCEPT ANY Digital Sterage TO BE SURE CANNOT BE an UnDeletion.

There was quite a bit of SPACE ALIEN in people Out There WHAT Ted! Actually did create a LONG TIME AGO what too HAD SO MANY Mutations and Genetic Defects and Sickness and Disease FROM HELL_EVIL_Earth CAUSING TO BE SO SICK with not by now How Much Ted! Did Improve Earth's Race Immune Systems yet there were also MANY AGEANS RAIDED by space ships to HELL_EVIL_Earth ALSO with these Immune Systems fer Viruses and Bacterias.

Ted! PLANS TO TRY TO ERRADICATEEVERYHING of Range Of Up Places FER Ted! AND FeAngels Of Light In Erder Of Number Happens TO BE STARTING WITH PLACES 2,3,4 AND THINKS CAN DO IT Creating Things to WIPE OUT ALL Viruses and Bacterias and Other Curses TO CURSE PRIMARILY WERE TARGETS WERE then called Satan and Werst Demons and Demons NOT Humans. It happens to be THOSE DO NOT even have Immune System WHAT Earth's Race people Have. Many were WIPED OUT By Viruses and Bacterias UNTIL FOUND METHODS TO SURVIVE PRIMARILY SUCH ISOLATION FROM ANY people of Earth's Race and have Other Methods to Treat THOSE MINIMUM FALLEN angels from Heaven to Earth.

Therefere IF HIT HELL_EVIL_Earth SO MUCH HARDER WITH BIOWEPONS We Can WIPE OUT Additionally If Can Get It To SomeHow. It is THOSE NEED Products from Earth's Race people including to Drink and Eat after Ted! Is NOT alive On Earth.




It happens to be after I God CURSED Earth I DID NOT UpGrade ANY of THOSE With Immune Systems To Help With Viruses and Bacterias and Infections.

When FALLEN IT WAS About a Million of Downs Those. Some were SO Cloned. I DO NOT trust Numbers I HEAR BECAUSE Downs Those Fer Coming HAVE CONSTANTLY ER MANY Times DID ATTEMPT TO DECIEVE with MUCH fewer Numbers.

Do NOT count on ANY Numbers Yous Hear Ted! TO people of Earth.


Ted! REQUIRES Steroids FREE Meats Fer FeAngels Of Light

May 23, 2021

FeAngels Of Light AGREE WITH Ted! After FeDocter Lab Testing We HAVE BEEN SO HIT WITH STEROIDS In BEEF and Chicken and Turkey and Bacon and Other Meats about 10 TIMES LEGAL At PLACE Heaven Plus.

FeAngels Of Light after nearly a Year from RESURRECTION If Not VEGAN VEGITARIAN (What Ted! AND God AND The CreatOr DID CREATE FER ALL People To Eat Yet into NEAR future is Creating Can Too Eat Meats and Eggs and Dairy NOT having Lactose Intolerance) are GAINING TOO MUCH WEIGHT TOO FAST In Heaven about 10 to 30 to Additional Weight to even FAT to TOO FAT to SO FAT Because are NOT VEGAN VEGITARIANS PRIMARILY DUE to MEGADOSES of Steroids into CATTLE fer BEEF and Other Animals including Sheep fer Veal and Chickens and in Eggs from and in Turkey and Other Meats Eat then Fat. THAT PRIMARILY CAUSES to have MUCH ADDITIONAL MUSCLE MASS then some FAT DONE to FATTEN BEFERE SLAUGHT BECAUSE Meats Are Sol By Pound.


Then AntiBiotics FREE HAVE TO BE TOO what In Heaven do NOT need and er use AntiBiotics with NO evidence er yet of Viruses and er Bacterias In And On And Around Heaven yet at ALL Other Range Of Places About 1.1 Million ALL FROM Earth WHEN SO RAIDED Using Many spaceships in thousands of years.




Ted! TALKED TO HER MUCH later into AfterNoon To Evening and Some Night BEFERE HER BEST LATE DINNER RESERVATIONS FER HER And 3 Close Sisters and then Other Friends fer a Total Of 12 In Heaven In PRIMARY DEEP UNDERSURFACE THING IN Heaven LIVING IN SO EXCESSIVELY IMPRESSIVELTY SO RICH OF 10K FeMale SO PALACIALS with Medical Protection RetroFits Of Cameras And Audios And Other Things to keep on suicide watch and have in there FeDocters And Nurses And Other Medical Staff Doing PALACIAL CALLS with Doors UnLocked REQUIRED TO BE.

So Ted! NEEDS ALL FeAngels Of Light If Eat FROM BIG BUFFETS to ALACARTE to CAN HAVE Set BIG PLATES and er DISHES On Table To Be Served From Er To Serve Self From And Too Can From BIG BUFFETS What Have EveryThing BEST OF AT BEST OF Ted! BANK RESTARANTS to BUFFETS TO BE IF EAT About There EveryThing Legal To Eat And Drink what is in USA Range Of They HAVE TOH HAVE 100% Steroid FREE Meats and Eggs and Dairy and ALL Other Things. Ted! FER SURE PREFERS TO USE MARGARINE NOT BUTTER yet BUTTER IS THERE. Then TOO non spiritual Females OF Ted! Fer Sure At OF Ted! BANK And ALL Branches TOO Under Jurisdiction Of FeDocters And FeBankers. Then TOO NOW EXCLSIVELY IN ALL OF Ted! MARKETS Under Jurisdiction Of FeDocters.

There are Samples Taken FROM NOW ALL OF Ted! BANKS AT PLACE Heaven ANDP PLACES 2,3,4 AND 20 PLACES ThereAfter WITH The CreatOr Systems. All by NOW had BEYOND LEGAL LIMITS Of Average 10 TIMES of STEROIDS IN. Some HAD EXCESSIVE ANTIBIOTICS what can DO ACUTE to CHRONIC Immune Systems DAMAGE and Other Things CAUSING SO RESISTANT STRAINS of Bacterias.

Then SOME HAD IN Other Drugs.


This requires some time.



Ted! NEEDS LIKE A USA USDA ( U S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE) (Ted! DOES NOT even like United BECAUSE OF NAME OF ted in there and TOO fer ALL ted Suffixes what are NOT IN Ted's ENGLISH) PLUS Called OF Ted! Range Of Place Department Of Agriculture Er Can Be Named SomeThing Else BY FeAngels Of Light AND FeDocters IF Ted! APPROVES OF What Called. We are to TALK NOT TO FeDocters About It. Ted! can be patient and wait no BIG HURRY yet while Still Operating And Writing To Be To On InterNet.

To SECRETLY LAB TEST to find FIRST Steroids then AntiBiotics then BioTech then Other Drugs and Other Things.


If NOT BioTech UnderStanding If From Drinks and er Foods Seem to have in Pesticides and er BioTech Poisons Pesticides and er Other Things What Cause Health Problems THAT HAS TO BE BioTech.

Some Meats ARE BioTech and EGGS and Dairy From BioTech Animals and Birds.

These Meats are to be about 10% to 20% to even 30% Additionally Expensive yet Ted! THINKS to INSIST IT IS WERTH IT AND Ted! IF PAYING PAYS. Other than Customers PAY IF Ted! IS NOT PAYING. Ted! FER SURE INSIST IT IS WERTH EVERY DOLLAR EXTRA.

Therefere FeAngels Of Light (OF Ted!s spiritual Females) And OF Ted!s non spiritual Females WHAT WERE 100% VEGAN VEGITARIONS DO NOT have weight problems.




Ted! NEEDS TO REALIZE IT FeAngels Of Light Have About 10 Additional ParaGraphs. Then Ted! Can Try To travel to purchase 3 Sets Of BlueToothe KeyBoards and Mouses tomorrow starting out In Merning NOT Operating To InterNet tomorrow then because not if I do not think I are to have enough time to do it today. We THINK IT IS TO BE WERTH IT. I AM WEARING OUT current BlueToothe KeyBoard with Some Keys. We THINK THIS IS WERTH IT. Then Ted! WRITES PROCEED. I have Wern Out MANY KeyBoards During Coming. We NOW UNDERSTAND IT.

We use LIKE HP ENVY 17” to 21” NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS FULL HD SCREEN to 4K SCREENS and with BEST AUDIO and with SUCH BRIGHT CLEAR TOUCHSCREENS TOO using Like Linux With AnDroid OS Mode TOO and Have Like AnDroid OS SmartPhones And Tablets And NoteBook Computers to DeskTops To WerkStations TOO.






Written May 23, 2021 to add to Sins List Page …

Ted! After years of DOING SO MANY SUCH SO EXTREME CRACK DOWNS EXTREMELY ON Methamphetamine (METH) Ted! Has Decided to have OF Ted! MANY Chemical Refineries to Facteries to Manufacturing To Do Optimal Chemicals to MANUFATURE METH fer Pills of Small Pills with 4_97 Milligrams In then Middle Pill with 10 MilliGrams In then Biggest Pill with 14_97 MilliGrams In Fer DEPRESSION FER SURE TO HELP IF SUICDAL. Therefere If Prescription SO REQUIRING From A FeDocters it is NOT of slightest sin of slightest.

Other than Fer ToDay This Is It.

Ted! NEEDS ALL Drinks And Foods TO BE HOW MUCH REASONABLY POSSIBLE FREE of ALL Things what can Harm FeAngels Of Light And non spiritual Females OF Ted!

Written May 24, 2021 …


Ted! WAS TO DO METH PILLS of a Small Pill with in 4_97 MiliGrams then a Middle Pill With 2 Times 4_97 MilliGrams then a Large Pill With 14_97 MilliGrams. Early THIS MERNING FeDocters TOLD Ted! If Doing Then We Have To Start Much Manufacturing of CHEMICALS BEST FER DOING IT WHAT IS TO CAUSE ILLEGAL METH SO OUT OF CONTROL AGAIN. Then FeDocters TOLD Ted! WE THINK IT IS NOT SUCH A GOOD IDEA to even do it. Ted! AGREED NOT of slightest to of slightest do these Meth Pills. Therefere AGAIN Doing Meth Happens To Be SIN Except fer what are Doing Tedian Concerts Fer Ted! And Military And Er War Winning And Er Conquering Things FER Ted! What Need It And Not AnyThing Else Because If Ted! Did It Many Would Think Many Things Do Need Meth and is NOT sin of slightest.

This LIST HAPPENS TO BE About 100 Things At PLACE Heaven then About 300 PLUS Things At PLACES 2,3,4 ABD PLACES 20 ThereAfter With The CreatOr Systems.

Ted! AND FeAngels Of Light AND FeDocters THINK BY NOW There Are TradeOffs.

PRMARILY THIS WAS TO HELP FeAngels Of Light AND non spiritual Females OF Ted! With Weight Problems.

PRIMARILY IT IS TO BE Steroid Free and Hermone FREE Drinks and Foods.

Then ALL Preservatives FREE Drinks and Foods.

Then BioTech FREE Drinks and Foods.

Then About 20 Other Things FER SURE.


FeAngels Of Light IN 10K PALACIALS what are ALL CUT STONE FER DOME CEILINGS and other CEILINGS and with SUCH BIG PILLARS OF MARBLE ALL STONE CUT BY BEST STONE CUTTERS are to be having EXPANSION fer 6 Steries what have at least 10 Yards Between Sterioes SO NONE can heard between levels from Ceilings. These are to be HOW PALACE CAN BE NOT PALACIALS due to Many Stone Quarries Were NUKED.

These are then to be 6 Steries With SUCH STAIRS AND ELEVATERS.



This happens to be WHY We TYPICALLY DO NOT tell Names.

In Heaven Many Names are NOT used in English. Yet by now Some Have English Names.

This IS AGAIN FROM Ted! AND FeTrain AND 3 SISTERS Then 8 sisters.

This gives Yous Some Ideas What Can Find On Earth's InterNet.



Befere Y2K There Was Much Done Fer To Start With.

There Has Been Much Done after Y2K.



Ted! NEEDS TO REALIZE IT MANY FeDocters are NOT happy with YOU Ted! fer prescribing SO MUCH Cocaine.

This is OpenOffice is SO SLOW due to TO MUCH Copy and Paste from Earth's Internet onto this PAGE. This is to continue on a Chapter 30 Page.




There are MANY Things On Earth NOT healthy to Drink and er Eat. Too Other Places. We DO NOT NEED TO LIST. Frerr eainder of chamer thiss is ONLY From Earth's InterNet fer Remainder of Chapter WHATHAPPE NS TONE SO LONG. Some Are:

From mphprogramslist.com

50 Jawdroppingly Toxic Food Ingredients & Artificial Additives to Avoid

There have been great advances in food preparation in the last century. These days, well over half of the foods that we can buy in a typical supermarket are pre packaged or prepared. They need either no or minimal preparation before being ready to eat. However, there is a dark side to this convenience. Most of the foods on our shelves also contain chemicals and additives that are known to harm either the human body or laboratory animals. If they harm animals, they can harm you too. Most of the ingredients that you should avoid fall into one of three areas: food additives, artificial sweeteners and artificial colors. More and more experts are agreeing that you are wise to try to avoid as many chemicals in your foods as possible. By shopping in mostly the produce, dairy and meat sections of your grocery store, you can avoid many of the harmful food additives listed below. However, all of us need to be on our guard, because some of these ingredients also are used in meats, dairy products and even produce. What does this have to do with Public health? The health of our country is determined by the things we consume. This ultimately adds massive costs to our healthcare system as more and more people experience disease from eating processed foods and additives.

Food Additives to Avoid

While FDA generally recognizes most additives on this list as ‘safe,’ there are growing concerns about the safety of many common food additives, if consumed in large quantities.

Sodium nitrate: Added to processed meats to stop bacterial growth. Linked to cancer in humans. (Worst Offender)

Sulfites: Used to keep prepared foods fresh. Can cause breathing difficulties in those sensitive to the ingredient.

Azodicarbonamide: Used in bagels and buns. Can cause asthma.

Potassium bromate: Added to breads to increase volume. Linked to cancer in humans.

Propyl gallate: Added to fat-containing products. Linked to cancer in humans

BHA/BHT: A fat preservative, used in foods to extend shelf life. Linked to cancerous tumor growth.

Propylene glycol: Better known as antifreeze. Thickens dairy products and salad dressing. Deemed ‘generally’ safe by FDA.

Butane: Put in chicken nuggets to keep them tasting fresh. A known carcinogen.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): Flavor enhancer that can cause headaches. Linked in animal studies to nerve damage, heart problems and seizures.

Disodium inosinate: In snack foods. Contains MSG.

Disodium guanylate: Also used in snack foods, and contains MSG.

Enriched flour: Used in many snack foods. A refined starch that is made from toxic ingredients.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH): Geneticially-engineered version of natural growth hormone in cows. Boosts milk production in cows. Contains high levels of IGF-1, which is thought cause various types of cancer.

Refined vegetable oil: Includes soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. High in omega-6 fats, which are thought to cause heart disease and cancer.

Sodium benzoate: Used as a preservative in salad dressing and carbonated beverages. A known carcinogen and may cause damage our DNA.

Brominated vegetable oil: Keeps flavor oils in soft drinks suspended. Bromate is a poison and can cause organ damage and birth defects. Not required to be listed on food labels.

Propyl gallate: Found in meats, popcorn, soup mixes and frozen dinners. Shown to cause cancer in rats. Banned in some countries. Deemed safe by FDA.

Olestra: Fat-like substance that is unabsorbed by the body. Used in place of natural fats in some snack foods. Can cause digestive problems, and also not healthy for the heart.

Carrageenan: Stabilizer and thickening agent used in many prepared foods. Can cause ulcers and cancer.

Polysorbate 60: A thickener that is used in baked goods. Can cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Camauba wax: Used in chewing gums and to glaze certain foods. Can cause cancer and tumors.

Magnesium sulphate: Used in tofu, and can cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Chlorine dioxide: Used in bleaching flour. Can cause tumors and hyperactivity in children.

Paraben: Used to stop mold and yeast forming in foods. Can disrupt hormones in the body, and could be linked to breast cancer.

Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose: Used as a thickener in salad dressings. Could cause cancer in high quantities.

Aluminum: A preservative in some packaged foods that can cause cancer.

Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid

Artificial sweeteners are regulated by FDA, just as food additives are, but this does not apply to products ‘generally recognized as safe.

Saccharin: Carcinogen found to cause bladder cancer in rats. (Worst Offender)

Aspartame: An excitotoxin and thought to be a carcinogen. Can cause dizziness, headaches, blurred vision and stomach problems.

High fructose corn syrup: Sweetener made from corn starch. Made from genetically-modified corn. Causes obesity, diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and insulin resistance.

Acesulfame potassium: Used with other artificial sweeteners in diet sodas and ice cream. Linked to lung and breast tumors in rats.

Sucralose: Splenda. Can cause swelling of liver and kidneys and a shrinkage of the thymus gland.

Agave nectar: Sweetener derived from a cactus. Contains high levels of fructose, which causes insulin resistance, liver disease and inflammation of body tissues.

Bleached starch: Can be used in many dairy products. Thought to be related to asthma and skin irritations.

Tert butylhydroquinone: Used to preserve fish products. Could cause stomach tumors at high doses.

Artificial Food Colorings to Avoid

Food colorings are used to give foods a more attractive appearance, but some experts believe they cause serious health problems, including asthma and hyperactivity in children.

Red #40: Found in many foods to alter color. All modern food dyes are derived from petroleum. A carcinogen that is linked to cancer in some studies. Also can cause hyperactivity in children. Banned in some European countries. (Worst Offender)

Blue #1: Used in bakery products, candy and soft drinks. Can damage chromosomes and lead to cancer.

Blue #2: Used in candy and pet food beverages. Can cause brain tumors

Citrus red #1: Sprayed on oranges to make them look ripe. Can damage chromosomes and lead to cancer.

Citrus red #2: Used to color oranges. Can cause cancer if you eat the peel.

Green #3: Used in candy and beverages. May cause bladder tumors.

Yellow #5: Used in desserts, candy and baked goods.Thought to cause kidney tumors, according to some studies.

Yellow #6: A carcinogen used in sausage, beverages and baked goods. Thought to cause kidney tumors, according to some studies.

Red #2: A food coloring that may cause both asthma and cancer.

Red #3: A carcinogen. that is added to cherry pie filling, ice cream and baked goods. May cause nerve damage and thyroid cancer.

Caramel coloring: In soft drinks, sauces, pastries and breads. When made with ammonia, it can cause cancer in mice. Food companies not required to disclose if this ingredient is made with ammonia.

Brown HT: Used in many packaged foods. Can cause hyperactivity in children, asthma and cancer.

Orange B: A food dye that is used in hot dog and sausage casings. High doses are bad for the liver and bile duct.

Bixin: Food coloring that can cause hyperactivity in children and asthma.

Norbixin: Food coloring that can cause hyperactivity in children and asthma.

Annatto: Food coloring that can cause hyperactivity in children and asthma.


Avoid fast foods

Avoid soda and sugary drinks & juice

Eat more fruits, vegetables and grains

Eat hormone free meat

Drink hormone free milk

Know what you’re eating!

From eatthis.com

23 Worst Food Additives in America

Newsflash: Your kitchen shouldn't be as chemical-filled as a science lab. Lose weight and stay healthy for life when you kick these scary additives to the curb.

By Eat This, Not That! Editors

December 7, 2018

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The Incredible Hulk. The Frankenstein monster. Major League Baseball. Don't we have enough evidence already that when scientists fool around with chemicals and the body, things can go really, really wrong? Sure, innovations like antibiotics and that stuff you rub between your toes to stop the itching are pretty great additions to modern life. But when it comes to our food supply, we'd prefer scientists leave well enough alone and put a little more trust in Mother Nature.

See, once upon a time, our food was created by cooks. Some of those cooks were highly paid fancy-pants types, but most of them were modest moms and grandmothers who combined naturally grown grains and bits of meat and vegetables and spices and turned them into everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pad Thai. They took what nature handed them and made something miraculous from it.

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But today, it's not cooks who are creating our packaged and fast foods anymore—it's teams of scientists. And as they continue to discover emulsifiers to make ice cream taste smoother or strange dyes that make Greek yogurt more vibrantly colored, we get further and further away from real food—at least as our ancestors would recognize it. In fact, these days, it takes a degree in chemistry to fully understand what we're putting into our bodies—and yes, we keep a science wiz on staff to decode all the jibber jabber!

While you already know that natural foods are always better than additive-spiked ones, some chemicals are far worse than others. Some cause hyperactivity and weight gain, while other have been linked to cancer and heart disease. Read on the discover the worst additives and unpronounceable chemicals overrunning our food supply and do your best to keep them away from your fork and knife. And after you've become familiar with their harmful effects, be sure to kick these 150 Worst Packaged Foods in America out of your diet. Most of them are chock full of the items on this list.

1 & 2

Sodium Nitrite & Sodium Nitrate

What They Are: Preservatives used to prevent bacterial growth and maintain the pinkish color of meats and fish.

Found In: Some bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and cured, canned, and packaged meats

What You Need to Know: Under certain conditions (like high heat), sodium nitrite and nitrate react with amino acids to form cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines. This reaction can be hindered by the addition of ascorbic acid, erythorbic acid, or alpha-tocopherol.


Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

What It Is: A manufactured fat created by forcing hydrogen gas into vegetable fats under extremely high pressure, an unintended effect of which is the creation of trans fatty acids. Food processors like this fat because of its low cost and long shelf life.

Found In: A large portion of margarines, pastries, frozen foods, cakes, cookies, crackers, soups, fast food items and nondairy creamers

What You Need to Know: Though trans fat has been shown to contribute to heart disease more so than saturated fat (it's in a number of these 30 Worst Foods For Your Heart), its artery-clogging effects extend beyond your heart. Reduced blood flow can impact everything from brain function to sexual function. While most health organizations recommend keeping trans fat consumption as low as possible, a loophole in the FDA's labeling requirements allows processors to add as much as 0.49 gram per serving and still claim zero in their nutrition facts. Sneaky!

There is some good news, though. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally banned partially hydrogenated oils from packaged food products. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you'll never see a trans fat ever again. Restaurants can still use artificial trans fats in their food as of now, but the World Health Organization has a plan to eliminate these fats from the global food supply.


Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

What It Is: Extremely hard, waxlike fat made by forcing as much hydrogen as possible onto the carbon backbone of fat molecules. To obtain a manageable consistency, food manufacturers often blend the hard fat with non-hydrogenated liquid fats.

Found In: A number of baked goods, peanut butters, and tub margarines

What You Need to Know: In theory, fully hydrogenated oils, as opposed to partially hydrogenated oils, should contain zero trans fat. But the process of hydrogenation isn't completely perfect, which means that trans fat will inevitably occur in small amounts.

5 & 6

Yellow #5 & Yellow #6

What They Are: The second and third most common food colorings, respectively.

Found In: Cereal, pudding, bread mix, beverages, chips, cookies, and condiments

What You Need to Know: Several studies have linked both dyes to learning and concentration disorders like ADD in children. In fact, Norway and Sweden have already banned the use of these artificial colors, and in the rest of the EU, foods containing these additives must be labeled with the phrase: "May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children." Yellow #5 is also known to cause allergic-type reactions like hives in a small portion of the population. There are also piles of animal studies demonstrating potential risks such as kidney and intestinal tumors. Even with all these documents at their fingertips, the FDA does not view these as serious risks to humans. We see no reason to take a risk—there's not a pudding or condiment in the world that's worth it.

7 & 8


What They Are: Butylated hydroxytoluene and butylated hydroxyanisole are petroleum-derived antioxidants used to preserve fats and oils.

Found In: Beer, crackers, cereals, butter, and foods with added fats

What You Need to Know: Of the two, BHA is considered more dangerous. Studies have shown it to cause cancer in the forestomachs of rats, mice, and hamsters. The Department of Health and Human Services classifies the preservative as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." And speaking of questionable product ingredients, check out these 40 Most Horrifying Things Found in Food.

9 & 10

Blue #1 & Blue #2

What They Are: Synthetic dyes that can be used alone or combined with other dyes to make different colors.

Found In: Most conventionally-produced blue, purple, and green foods such as beverages, cereals, candy, and icing

What You Need to Know: Both dyes have been loosely linked to cancers in animal studies, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends avoiding them—and we agree. If you typically reach for a colorful cereal in the morning, why not replace it with one of these 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss? They're all free of scary colorings and additives.


Sodium Phosphate

What It Is: Sodium phosphate is an additive made of sodium and phosphate that's used to keep meats moist and tender during storage.

Found In: A fair share of sausages, lunch and other processed meats, hams and canned fish

What You Need to Know: Even though phosphates are necessary in our diets, excess phosphate—especially the inorganic phosphate that is added to food—is more easily absorbed by the body. When high levels of phosphatase seep into the blood it can increase the risk for heart disease. Doctors are linking the compound to higher rates of chronic kidney disease, weak bones, and premature death.


Interesterified Fat

What It Is: Developed in response to demand for trans fat alternatives, this semi-soft fat is created by chemically blending fully hydrogenated and nonhydrogenated oils.

Found In: Pastries, margarine, frozen dinners, and canned soups

What You Need to Know: Testing on these fats has not been extensive, but the early evidence doesn't look promising. A study by Malaysian researchers showed a 4-week diet of 12 percent interesterified fats increased the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol, not a good thing. This study also showed an increase in blood glucose levels and a decrease in insulin response. A more recent 2014 Brazilian animal study found that the man-made fat can harden and narrow of the arteries, the two primary causes of heart attacks and strokes.


Corn Syrup

What It Is: A liquid sweetener and food thickener made by allowing enzymes to break corn starches into smaller sugars. USDA subsidies to the corn industry make it cheap and abundant, placing it among the most ubiquitous ingredients in grocery food products.

Found In: Every imaginable food category, including bread, soup, sauces, frozen dinners, and frozen treats

What You Need to Know: Corn syrup provides no nutritional value other than calories. In moderation, it poses no specific threat—other than an expanded waistline.


Evaporated Cane Juice

What It Is: A sweetener derived from sugar cane, the same plant used to make refined table sugar. It's also known as crystallized cane juice, cane juice, or cane sugar. Because it's subject to less processing than table sugar, evaporated cane juice retains slightly more nutrients from the grassy cane sugar.

Found in: Yogurt, soy milk, protein bars, granola, cereal, chicken sausages, and other natural or organic foods

What You Need to Know: Although pristine sugars are often used to replace ordinary sugars in "healthier" foods, the actual nutritional difference between the sugars is minuscule. So don't let those healthy-sounding label claims fool you into eating more than you normally would. If you don't consume it in moderation, evaporated cane juice can cause you to pack on weight and belly fat just like the white granular stuff.


Brominated Vegetable Oil

What It Is: A flame retardant used in rocket fuel that just so happens to also make a handy beverage emulsifier. When vegetable oil joins forces with bromine to create the chemical, it's really heavy. When added to drinks, it prevents flavoring from separating from the other ingredients and floating to the top of the bottle.

Found in: Citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks

What You Need to Know: BVO may negatively affect thyroid hormones and contribute to internal inflammation, which has been linked to obesity, a condition that can make it harder to conceive. When ingested in excess bromine can cause headaches, fatigue, and a loss of memory and muscle coordination. To find out which sodas are laced with stuff, check out our exclusive report, 38 Top Diet Sodas—Ranked!


Monosodium Glutamate

What It Is: The salt of the amino acid glutamic acid, used to enhance the savory quality of foods. MSG alone has little flavor, and exactly how it enhances other foods is unknown.

Found In: Certain chilis, soups, chips and foods with chicken or beef flavoring

You Need to Know: Studies have shown that MSG injected into mice causes brain-cell damage, but the FDA believes these results are not typical for humans. The FDA receives dozens of reaction complaints each year for nausea, headaches, chest pains, and weakness. MSG has also been shown to make food taste more appetizing, which increases the desire to continue noshing. To make matters worse, it also blocks the "I'm full" hormone from communicating with the brain and tells your body to pump out insulin, the fat-storage hormone—not good news for those looking to melt their love handles.


Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Frozen meal

What It Is: A flavor enhancer created when heat and chemicals are used to break down vegetables— most often soy corn, or wheat —into their component amino acids. HVP allows food processors to achieve stronger flavors from fewer ingredients.

Found in: Canned soups and chili, frozen dinners, beef- and chicken-flavored products

What You Need to Know: One effect of hydrolyzing proteins is the creation of MSG. When MSG in food is the result of hydrolyzed protein, the FDA does not require it to be listed on the packaging. How sneaky is that!? And yes, that means the results on your body are the same as listed above for MSG.


High-Fructose Corn Syrup

What It Is: A cheap corn-derived sweetener representing more than 40 percent of all caloric sweeteners in the supermarket.

Found In: Nearly everything: ice cream, chips, cereal, bread, ketchup, canned fruits, yogurt, and two-thirds of all sweetened beverages

Wheat What You Need to Know: Since 1980, the US obesity rate has risen proportionately to the increase in HFCS, and Americans are now consuming at least 200 calories of the sweetener each day. Research published by The Endocrine Society found that adults who consumed high levels of high fructose corn syrup for just two weeks had increased levels of bad cholesterol, raising their risk of heart disease. In 2010, a Princeton University animal study found that consuming HFCS causes more weight gain and belly fat accumulation than a diet filled with equal amounts of sucrose (table sugar). On the flip side, however, a 2014 Nutrients report found HFCS-sweetened diets to have the same effects on obese study subjects as sucrose-sweetened diets. Not so surprisingly, though, the study was funded by the Corn Refiners Association, so the findings should be taken with a grain of salt. The bottom line: HFCS's role as nutritional enemy #1 has likely been exaggerated, but the reality is that we still don't know for sure how our bodies will react to decades of exposure to the sweetener. We suggest staying away from products containing the stuff when possible and limiting your overall sugar intake until we know more. Suffering from sweet tooth syndrome? Check out these 30 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar.


Modified Food Starch

What It Is: A catch-all term describing starches (derived from corn, wheat, potato, or rice) that are modified to change their response to heat or cold, improve their texture, and create efficient emulsifiers, among other reasons.

Found In: Most highly processed foods, low-calorie and diet foods, cookies, frozen meals

What You Need to Know: The starches themselves appear safe, but the nondisclosure of the chemicals used in processing causes some nutritionists to question their effects on health.

20 & 21

Red #3 & Red #40

What They Are: Food dyes that are cherry red and orange red, respectively. Red #40 is the most widely used food dye in America.

Found in: Fruit cocktail, candy, chocolate cake, cereal, beverages, pastries, maraschino cherries, and fruit snacks

What You Need to Know: The FDA has proposed a ban on Red #3 in the past, but so far the agency has been unsuccessful in implementing it. After the dye was inextricably linked to thyroid tumors in rat studies, the FDA managed to have the liquid form of the dye removed from external drugs and cosmetics.



What It Is: A near-zero-calorie artificial sweetener made by combining two amino acids with methanol. Most commonly used in diet soda, aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar.

Found in: More than 6,000 grocery items, including diet sodas, yogurts, and the tabletop sweeteners NutraSweet and Equal

What You Need to Know: Recently the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee gave the go-ahead to enjoy aspartame in moderation. However, over the past 30 years, the FDA has received thousands of consumer complaints due mostly to neurological symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and, in rare cases, epileptic seizures. Many studies have shown aspartame to be completely harmless while others indicate that the additive might be responsible for a range of cancers.


Caramel Coloring

What It Is: This additive made by treating sugar with ammonia, which can produce some nasty carcinogens.

Found in: Soft drinks, some snack and protein bars, candy, coffee flavor syrups, processed snacks, and baked goods

What You Need to Know: While it may sound benign, caramel coloring, the coloring most often used in sodas and candy, has been proven to cause cancer in animals. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer deemed the additive to be "possibly carcinogenic to humans."

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The 100 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Discover the foods with the most protein, healthiest fats and most vitamins ever.

By Eat This, Not That! Editors

May 3, 2021

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Buying healthy, nutritious food doesn't just mean you'll be eating delicious dishes; when you eat healthy foods, you help to improve your overall health—whether that's building muscle, sharpening your mind, or strengthening your heart.

The next time you drop by the market or order up a food delivery, make sure your grocery list contains as many of these foods as possible.

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Each of these 100 healthiest, most nutritious foods on the planet possesses special health-promoting powers to lead to your healthiest and happiest life. And if you're looking for more ways to stay on course with your healthy eating goals, here are 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time you should try!

Fruits & Vegetables

fruits vegetables

Newsflash: Vegetables can help you lose weight!

Okay, okay, we admit that's not exactly breaking news, but did you know that when it comes to rapid weight loss some veggies reign supreme while others fall fairly flat in comparison? It's true! Thanks to their specific nutritional profiles, certain produce-aisle picks can help you trim down by revving your metabolism, turning off belly fat genes, and frying flab—and that's on top of all their other health-boosting benefits. Read on to learn which delicious picks fit the bill and discover delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.




Popeye's favorite veggie is a great source of not only protein, but also vitamins A and C, antioxidants and heart-healthy folate. One cup of the green superfood has nearly as much protein as a hard-boiled egg—for half the calories. Looking to get the biggest nutritional bang for your buck? Be sure to steam your spinach instead of eating it raw. This cooking method helps retain vitamins and makes it easier for the body to absorb the green's calcium content. Add a handful to soups, protein shakes, omelets, pasta dishes, and veggie stir-fries, or simply steam it and top with pepper, garlic, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.


Mustard Greens

Mustard greens

Another veggie worthy of a spot in your diet is mustard greens. When steamed, they provide a whopping 922 percent of your RDI for vitamin K, 96 percent of your vitamin A, and 47 percent of your vitamin C per cup, and they have a host of disease-fighting properties thanks to their high glucosinolate content. Glucosinolates are plant chemicals that your body converts into isothiocyanates, which have been shown to ward off cancer. In fact, according to a review in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design, glucosinolates may protect against and may even represent a therapeutic strategy against several forms of the deadly illness.



Kale on a plate

Kale has definitely had its moment in the sun (and then some) but as far as healthy veggies go, it's certainly worthy of praise. The cruciferous green (which is even available in McDonald's these days) is loaded with health-boosting nutrients like vitamin A, phosphorus, and B vitamins like folate, and it boasts twice the vitamin C as spinach, another nutritional superstar. Furthermore, a study in the journal JRSM Cardiovascular Disease found that a high daily consumption of green leafy and cruciferous veggies (such as kale) significantly reduced incidence of several types of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women in the U.S. And since the veggie is as versatile as they come, feel free to add some kale to an array of meals ranging from egg dishes to tacos, and drinks such as juices and smoothies.




The next time you're making a salad, why not throw some watercress in there? The green veggie is an excellent source of folate, which has been shown to stimulate weight loss. In fact, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that those with the highest folate levels lose about 8.5 times more weight when dieting than those with the lowest levels of folate. What's more? A separate study in the British Journal of Cancer found that higher dietary folate intake reduces breast cancer risk. In addition to watercress, other good sources of folate include spinach, asparagus, and papaya.


Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun dried tomatoes

Tomatoes are packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which studies show can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Just one cup of the sun-dried version will lend you 6 grams of satiating protein, 7 grams of fiber and 75 percent of your RDA of potassium, which is essential for heart health and tissue repair. They're also rich in vitamins A and K. Use them as a pizza topping, a tangy addition to salads, or snack on them right out of the bag.




Ghrelin is your body's "I'm hungry" hormone, which is suppressed when your stomach is full, so eating satiating high-fiber and high-protein foods is a no-brainer. The humble artichoke is a winner on both counts: It has almost twice as much fiber as kale (10.3 g per medium artichoke, or 40 percent of the daily fiber the average woman needs) and one of the highest protein counts among vegetables. Boil and eat the whole shebang as a self-contained salad (why not add a little goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes?), toss the leaves with your favorite greens and dressing, or peel and pop the hearts onto healthy pizzas and flatbreads and lose belly fat.



Green peas

It's enough to make Popeye do a spit take: Despite their wimpy reputation, a cup of green peas contains eight times the protein of a cup of spinach. And with almost 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C in a single cup, they'll help keep your immune system up to snuff. Layer them into a mason jar salad or add them to an omelet to boost eggs' satiating power.



Bell peppers

You may have heard that spicy hot peppers can help you scorch calories, but did you know that mild peppers can have the same effect? Thanks to a metabolism-boosting compound, dihydrocapsiate, and their high vitamin-C content, sweet red and green peppers can help you lose weight. A cup of these bell-shaped veggies serves up to three times the day's recommended vitamin C—a nutrient that counteracts stress hormones which trigger fat storage around the midsection.

RELATED: Learn how to fire up your metabolism and lose weight the smart way.




In addition to warding off prostate, breast, lung and skin cancers, this flowery vegetable can also help you whittle your middle. According to experts, broccoli contains a phytonutrient called sulforaphane that increases testosterone and fights off body fat storage. It's also rich in vitamin C ( a mere cup of the stuff can help you hit your daily mark), a nutrient that can lower levels of cortisol during stressful situations. The only downside? It can make some people with sensitive stomachs a bit gassy and bloated—which isn't a good look if you're planning to hit the beach or rock a tight-fitting outfit. That's no reason to steer clear of this veggie on a day-to-day basis, though. Whip up our parmesan roasted broccoli recipe to reap the belly-flattening benefits—just maybe not the day before you need to look your leanest.




Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and fiber, and that's just the tip of the nutritional iceberg. Beta-carotene—the compound that gives carrots their orange hue—has been linked to a decreased risk for developing certain types of cancer. Per an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study of over 3,000 women, those who had higher levels of beta-carotene in their blood had a 59 percent lower risk of a certain type of breast cancer (ER-negative breast cancer) than women with lower levels. Another related compound also found in carrots, alpha-carotene, reduced the cancer risk by about 39 percent.

Another study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer suggested beta-carotene may ward off lung cancer. According to scientists, beta-carotene and alpha-carotene are carotenoids that our bodies convert to vitamin A, which is important for immune function, maintaining healthy cells, and activating carcinogen-metabolizing enzymes.



Pickles in jar

Pickles are low-cal, filled with fiber and covered in vinegar—which is all good news for your waistline. In fact, just one large pickle has 15 calories and 2 grams of belly-filling fiber, so eating three or four can actually leave you feeling pretty satiated for less than 100 calories! Every dieter knows that eating filling snacks are paramount to weight-loss success, but how does the vinegar help the fat-fighting cause? Studies show acidic foods help increase the rate at which the body burns off carbs by up to 40 percent—and the faster you burn off carbs, the sooner your body starts incinerating fat, which can help you get that lean look you crave. Add these tangy, pickled cucumbers to sandwiches and burgers or munch on them solo to start feeling more confident in your skivvies.



Roasted potatoes

If you typically eat your potatoes warm out of the oven, you're missing out on the spud's fat-fighting superpowers. When you throw potatoes in the refrigerator and eat them cold, their digestible starches turn into resistant starches through a process called retrogradation. As the name implies, resistant starch, well, resists digestion, which promotes fat oxidation and reduces abdominal fat. Since eating cold baked potatoes doesn't sound too appetizing, why not use the cooled spuds to make a potato salad instead? Here's how: Bake red potatoes in the oven until they're cooked through and allow them to fully cool. Then, cut them into small slices and dress them with Dijon mustard, fresh pepper, chopped green onions (more on this veggie next), dill and plain Greek yogurt. Mix everything together and put in the refrigerator to cool before consuming.


Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato

Although white potatoes offer some potassium and fiber, sweet potatoes actually reign supreme in the nutrition department. A large sweet potato contains around 4 grams of satiety-boosting protein, 25 percent of the day's belly-filling fiber, and 11 times the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which has been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. A Taiwan-based study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher consumption of vitamin A-rich vegetables, especially garland chrysanthemum and sweet potato leaves, might provide potential protection from lung cancer. All that nutrition and protection for less than 200 calories? Count us in!



Sliced red onions

Onions are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that increases blood flow and activates a protein in the body that helps regulate glucose levels, torches stored fat and keeps new fat cells from forming. Not to mention, onions are basically the unsung hero of cardiovascular health—an important area of wellness for everyone, but especially those who hit the gym hard to accelerate their weight-loss efforts. The culinary staple can help lower cholesterol, ward off hardening of the arteries and help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. The best part? Onions are super low-cal and easy to throw into just about anything, from soups, homemade burgers, sandwiches and tacos to pastas, salads, veggie sides, rice and omelets.


Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash

The average American consumes approximately 15.5 pounds of pasta each year—and most of it is the refined white stuff. Unfortunately, this type of noodle is usually void of fiber and micronutrients. Spaghetti squash, on the other hand, boasts only about 40 calories per cup—more than 75 percent fewer calories than a cup of plain pasta—and is an excellent source of vitamin A and potassium, which will keep your muscles toned and strong. The gourd also contains cancer-fighting beta carotene, and double the amount of omega-3 fatty acids found in butternut squash.




Fungi are considered health food all-stars because they are a great source of potassium, which is vital for muscle health and recovery and can also lower blood pressure and decrease the effects of a high-sodium meal. In addition to being low-cal and fat-free, research has shown eating fungi can lead to increased immunity and protect against cancer. One study printed in the journal 3Biotech that compared the effects of mushroom extract on mice found that those treated with the extract experienced reductions in prostate tumor size and tumor cell proliferation compared to the control group of mice that were not treated.



Asparagus with lemon

It's a natural diuretic, so asparagus, which contains less than 5 grams of sugar per serving, can help relieve bloating and other unpleasant feelings. The green veggie's balance of amino acids and minerals may also help to alleviate hangover symptoms, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science.




These ruby-red roots contain a type of antioxidant called betalains that help repair and regenerate cells in the liver, your body's primary detox organ. Beets are also high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium, which allows for healthy nerve and muscle function, and manganese, which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. What's more? Beets also contain nitrates which, according to a study in The Journal of Nutrition, lowers blood pressure and helps those with chronic kidney disease.



Celery stalks

According to a 2014 study published in the journal Obesity, chewing until your food is lump-less increases the number of calories the body burns during digestion: about 10 extra calories for a 300-calorie meal, meaning that just by slowing down the rate at which you chew, you could potentially burn approximately 2,000 extra calories each month. The study also found that chewing food more thoroughly increases blood flow to the stomach and gut, which may help to improve digestion and absorption of more nutrients from your food. Considering celery has long been lauded as one of the chewiest veggies around, making it virtually calorie-free, it's worthwhile to add some to your diet. Try tossing the hydrating veggie into a tomato or chicken soup for an added crunch that will easily lower the overall calorie count of your meal. Aside from being super chewy, celery is also low-carb and relatively high in fiber—just one cup of the chopped veggie has 1.6 grams of the satiating nutrient.



Grilled eggplant

According to a review published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research anthocyanins, flavonoids that give eggplants their unique color, will provide you with an array of impressive benefits. Said perks include but are not limited to obesity control, diabetes control, cardiovascular disease prevention, and improvement of visual and brain functions such as a sharper short-term memory and reduced inflammation. Go ahead and toss some of this yummy veggie into a stir-fry or make some babaganoush—an eggplant-based spread with fewer calories than hummus.



Spirulina powder

Spirulina is a high-protein seaweed supplement that's typically dried and sold in powdered form. The dried stuff is about 60 percent protein, and, like quinoa, it's a complete protein, meaning it can be converted directly into muscle in the body and is thus a great weight loss tool. A tablespoon of the blue-green algae delivers 8 grams of metabolism-boosting protein for just 43 calories, plus half a day's allotment of vitamin B12, which in and of itself can give you more energy and boost your metabolism. Try tossing some spirulina into a smoothie and watching the pounds melt off.




Sauerkraut isn't just for hot dogs; this lacto-fermented cabbage, which contains natural compounds, may have potent cancer-fighting and belly-slimming properties. When unpasteurized, sauerkraut is rich in Lactobacillus bacteria—even more so than yogurt—which boosts the healthy flora in your intestinal tract, bolsters your immune system, and even improves your overall health. A 2013 study published in the World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology found that mice fed a probiotic-rich sauerkraut extract had reduced cholesterol levels.



Avocado halves knife

Though somewhat villainized for being high in calories, avocados are more than worthy of a role in your diet. Just half of an avocado contains 4.6 grams of belly-filling fiber, and the green fruit's satiating powers are so potent that a study in Nutrition Journal discovered that folks who added half a fresh avocado to their meal reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours afterward. Furthermore, avocados contain metabolism-enhancing monounsaturated fats that have been shown to reduce hunger, and unsaturated fats, which seem to prevent the storage of belly fat. In fact, according to a review that appeared in the journal Phytotherapy Research, avocados may help combat metabolic syndrome, which is a clustering of risk factors including high blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index that may then lead to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Black Sapote

Black sapote

Known as the "chocolate pudding fruit," black sapote tastes like … chocolate pudding. No wonder it's an Eat This, Not That! favorite! Deceptively rich and creamy, a 100-gram serving has 130 calories and 191 mg of vitamin C, or twice that of an orange. (That's a mic drop, chocolate pudding.) A study published in Food Research International found black sapote to be a good source of carotenoids and catechins, which spur the release of fat from fat cells and helps the liver convert fat into energy.

How to Enjoy It: Originating in South America, black sapotes can be found in Florida and Hawaii, and certain growers online will ship them within the U.S. Devotees swear by them for low-cal pies and smoothies.


Ruby Red Grapefruit



A 2012 study printed in the journal Metabolism found the eating half a grapefruit before meals may help reduce visceral (belly) fat and lower cholesterol levels. Participants of the six-week study who ate grapefruit with every meal saw their waists shrink by up to an inch! Researchers attribute the effects to a combination of phytochemicals and vitamin C in the grapefruit. Consider having half of a grapefruit before your morning oatmeal, and slicing a few segments to a starter salad.


Tart Cherries

Bing cherries

Tart cherries have been shown to benefit heart health as well as body weight, in a study on obese rats. A 12-week study by the University of Michigan researchers found that rats fed antioxidant-rich tart cherries showed a 9 percent belly fat reduction compared to rats fed a "Western diet." Moreover, the researchers noted that the cherry consumption had profound ability to alter the expression of fat genes. Enjoy some along with these best breakfast foods for weight loss.



Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries in crates

Berries—raspberries, strawberries, blueberries—are packed with polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that can help you lose weight–and even stop fat from forming! In a recent Texas Woman's University study, researchers found that feeding mice three daily servings of berries decreased the formation of fat cells by up to 73 percent!


Açai Berries

Acai berries bowl

Açai berries are such superstars, they deserve an entry all to themselves. Need proof? A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that the black-purple berries contain higher levels of antioxidants than pomegranates and blueberries. And a University of Florida study found that an açai extract triggered a self-destruction response in up to 86 percent of the leukemia cells it came in contact with—a promising finding for scientists working to cure cancer.




Backed up and bloated? Snack on kiwi. The green fruit can help you get in tip-top shape thanks to its ability to aid digestion. Though small, kiwifruit contains a hefty amount of actinidin, a natural enzyme that helps facilitate digestion by breaking down protein in the body. The tropical fruit also contains prebiotic fiber, which primes the gut for healthy digestion. In fact, according to a 2015 study published in Nutrition Research, a daily serving of green kiwifruit helps increase bowel movements.


Pink Lady Apples

Pink lady apples

Apples are a great fruit source of fiber, which studies have proven to be integral to reducing visceral fat. A recent study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber eaten per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7 percent over five years. A study conducted by University of Western Australia researchers found that the Pink Lady variety had the highest level of antioxidant flavonoids.




Watermelon sometimes gets a bad rap for being high in sugar, but the fruit has some impressive health benefits. Eating watermelon may improve lipid profiles and lower fat accumulation, according to University of Kentucky researchers. Better yet, a study of athletes by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain found watermelon juice to help reduce the level of muscle soreness. And staying hydrated with foods like watermelon is just one of the ways to eat your water.



Red grapes

Grapes are another fruit that's often overlooked because of their high sugar content, but don't let that deter you from snacking on a handful of these babies every now and again. That's because both grapes and grape juice are rich sources of resveratrol, a phytochemical well studied for anti-cancer effects. Research suggests polyphenols in general, and resveratrol in particular, possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and in laboratory studies resveratrol prevented the kind of damage known to trigger the cancer process in cell, tissue, and animal models. According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, resveratrol was found to inhibit proliferation of cancer cells via apoptosis and by exerting anti-estrogenic effects, and reductions in breast cancer cell migration and invasion were observed after resveratrol supplementation.




The humble fruit—botanically, actually a berry!—is perhaps the least-heralded supermarket staple. But its powers are proven, and to investigate just how impactful they can be, Eat This, Not That! consulted our team of nutritionists to determine exactly what eating one banana does to your body.




Not only are pomegranates packed with protein and belly-filling fiber (which is found in the fruit's edible seeds) but they also contain anthocyanins, tannins, and high levels of antioxidants, which research published in the International Journal of Obesity says can help fight weight gain. Toss some pomegranate seeds onto a salad for a burst of flavor, or mix them into a smoothie to boost the beverage's nutrient content.



Lemons in bowl

In addition to smelling nice and looking pretty, lemon can also help encourage weight loss. Just one of the bright citrus fruits contains an entire day's worth of vitamin C, a nutrient that has the power to reduce levels of a stress hormone called cortisol that triggers hunger and fat storage. Additionally, lemons also contain polyphenols, which researchers say may ward off fat accumulation and weight gain. Believe it or not, even the peel is beneficial because it is a potent source of pectin—a soluble fiber that's been proven to help people feel fuller, longer. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, participants who ate just 5 grams of pectin experienced more satiety.



Orange slices

Like their yellow relatives, oranges are chock-full of vitamin C—just one of the tasty fruits provides a staggering 130 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day. However, what sets oranges apart from lemons is their apparent ability to lower women's stroke risk. According to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association in 2012, eating higher amounts of a flavonoid called flavanone (which is abundant in oranges and grapefruits) may lower one's chances of having an ischemic stroke. The study found that women who ate high amounts of flavanone had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least amount.


tea cup

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For most Americans, tea is tea. However, in places like Japan, the UK, and large swaths of Southeast Asia, tea leaves are as diverse and nuanced as wine grapes. Not only does the flavor profile change dramatically between one tea variety and the next, but so do the health benefits. Not only can certain brews fight off various diseases, select teas have also been shown to rev the metabolism, quell hunger, slash waist-widening stress and shrink fat cells. When Taiwanese researchers studied more than 1,100 people over a 10-year period, they determined that those who drank tea had nearly 20 percent less body fat than those who drank none!

To ensure you brew the best cups for your weight loss goals, we've rounded up the most potent waist-whittling teas from around the world.


Green Tea

Green tea

Get this: Green tea literally blasts away flab! Researchers attribute the fat-burning properties of green tea to catechins, specifically EGCG — the name of a group of antioxidative compounds that blast adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver's fat burning capacity. It gets better: Research suggests that combining regular green-tea drinking with exercise may maximize the weight loss benefits. A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea with a 25-minute workout lost 2 more pounds than the non-tea-drinking exercisers.


White Tea

White tea lemon

Generally speaking, tea is an excellent no-sugar alternative to sickeningly sweet sodas and juices, and, as you will soon learn, each variety of tea comes with its own weight loss benefits. For example, a study in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism found white tea can simultaneously stimulate the breakdown of fat in the body while blocking the formation of new fat cells—a belly-blasting double whammy!


Black Tea

Black tea

Italian researchers found that drinking a cup of black tea per day improves cardiovascular function—and the more cups you drink, the more you benefit! Better cardiovascular function means you can breeze through that 5K you signed up for. And a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that drinking 20 ounces of black tea daily causes the body to secrete five times more interferon, a key element of your body's infection-protection arsenal.


Red Tea

Red tea

Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the "red bush" plant, grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town. What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your belly is a unique and powerful flavonoid called Aspalathin. According to South African researchers, polyphenols and flavonoids found in the plant inhibit adipogenesis–the formation of new fat cells–by as much as 22 percent. The chemicals also help aid fat metabolism. Plus, Rooibos is naturally sweet, so you won't need to add sugar. It's also not technically a tea—it's an herbal infusion.


Pu-erh Tea

Pu erh tea

Another star of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, this fermented Chinese tea can literally shrink the size of your fat cells! To discover the brew's fat-crusading powers Chinese researchers divided rats into five groups and fed them varying diets over a two month period. In addition to a control group, there was a group given a high-fat diet with no tea supplementation and three additional groups that were fed a high-fat diet with varying doses of pu-erh tea extract. The researchers found that the tea significantly lowered triglyceride concentrations (potentially dangerous fat found in the blood) and belly fat in the high-fat diet groups.


Oolong Tea

Oolong tea

Not to be outdone, oolong tea—a Chinese beverage—can help those who drink it shed up to a pound per week. According to a 2009 study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, participants who regularly sipped oolong tea lost six pounds over the course of six weeks. What's more? The tea's antioxidants are thought to remove harmful free radicals and improve bone health.




Kombucha is a slightly effervescent fermented drink made with black or green tea and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, known as a SCOBY. This fermented tea is filled with gut-healthy probiotics which can help balance good gut bacteria and help boost your immune system. In fact, researchers at Cornell University discovered that the trendy beverage may promote immunity on account of its powerful anti-microbial properties, which can fight off pathogenic bacteria. What's more? Kombucha still has the healthy properties of tea, including superstar antioxidants.

Red Meat & Pork

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Although the chicken breast is the gold standard of healthy grilling that can aid weight loss—low fat, high protein—the key to any successful eating plan is variety, and research indicates that you now have options. While you still want to steer away from traditional supermarket ground chuck, there are ways to enjoy a beef burger knowing you're doing right by your waistline. And you can open up your grill to more creative choices, too—all packed with nutrients and protein that'll keep your fitness goals on track without sacrificing flavor.


Grass-Fed Beef

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When it comes to steak or burgers, go grass-fed. It may ding your wallet, but it'll dent your abs. Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner and has fewer calories than conventional meat: A lean seven-ounce conventional strip steak has 386 calories and 16 grams of fat. But a seven-ounce grass-fed strip steak has only 234 calories and five grams of fat. Grass-fed meat also contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.




While grass-fed beef is an excellent choice, bison's profile has been rising in recent years, and for good reason: It has half the fat of and fewer calories than red meat. According to the USDA, while a 90%-lean hamburger may average 10 grams of fat, a comparatively sized buffalo burger rings in at 2 grams of fat with 24 grams of protein, making it one of the leanest meats around. But wait, taking a chance on this unexpected meat will earn you two healthy bonuses: In just one serving you'll get a full day's allowance of vitamin B-12, which has been shown to boost energy and help shut down the genes responsible for insulin resistance and the formation of fat cells; additionally, since bison are naturally grass-fed, you can confidently down your burger knowing it's free of the hormones and pollutants than can manifest themselves in your belly fat.



Ostrich meat

Lower that eyebrow you're raising. Ostrich meat is the rising star of the grill. While it's technically red and has the rich taste of beef, it has less fat than turkey or chicken. A four-ounce patty contains nearly 30 grams of the muscle building nutrient and just six grams of fat. Plus, one serving has 200% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin B-12. This exotic meat can also help whittle your middle: Ostrich contains 55 milligrams of choline, one of these essential nutrients for fat loss. And it's not as hard to find as it sounds—ostrich is increasingly available in supermarkets around the country.


Bone Broth

Bone broth

While bone broth might not be for everyone, it's hard to deny the warm beverage's numerous health benefits. The broth is made when animal bones (usually beef or chicken) are left to simmer in water for an extended period of time, which breaks down their collagen and other nutrients. Some of that broken down material from the cartilage and tendons is glucosamine (which you may have seen sold as a supplement for arthritis and joint pain). According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, when overweight, middle-aged adults took a glucosamine supplement, they were able to decrease serum CRP (inflammation biomarker) levels by 23 percent more than those who didn't take a supplement. The stock is also full of anti-inflammatory amino acids (glycine and proline), and the ample levels of gelatin will help rebuild your gut lining to further assist with your anti-inflammatory gut microbes. In other words, drink up!



Pork tenderloin

A longtime enemy of doctors and dieters, pork has been coming around as a healthier alternative of late—as long as you choose the right cut. Your best bet is pork tenderloin: A University of Wisconsin study found that a three-ounce serving of pork tenderloin has slightly less fat than a skinless chicken breast. It has 24 grams of protein per serving and 83 milligrams of waist-whittling choline (in the latter case, about the same as a medium egg). In a study published in the journal Nutrients, scientists asked 144 overweight people to eat a diet rich in fresh lean pork. After three months, the group saw a significant reduction in waist size, BMI and belly fat, with no reduction in muscle mass! They speculate that the amino acid profile of pork protein may contribute to greater fat burning.


Salmon lox toast

Regularly eating seafood as part of a healthy diet can do wonders for your weight loss goals—so long as you choose the right kind. That's where the waters get murky again. So we had our research team here at Eat This, Not That! dive into the science behind your seafood. Let's see if we can't clear things up with this list of the best fish for losing weight.




You already knew fish was rich in protein but you might be surprised to learn that halibut tops fiber-rich oatmeal and vegetables in the satiety department. The Satiety Index of Common Foods ranks it the number two most filling food—bested only by boiled potatoes for its fullness factor. Study authors attribute the filling factor of white fish like halibut to its impressive protein content and influence on serotonin, one of the key hormones responsible for appetite signals.


Wild Salmon

Wild salmon fillet

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Don't let salmon's relatively high calorie and fat content fool you; studies suggest the oily fish may be one of the best for weight loss. In one study, participants were divided into groups and assigned one of three equi-caloric weight loss diets that included no seafood (the control group), lean white fish, or salmon. Everyone lost weight, but the salmon eaters had the lowest fasting insulin levels and a marked reduction in inflammation. It's likely due to salmon's high levels of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.


Light Canned Tuna

Tunafish crackers snack

As a primo source of protein and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), canned light tuna is one of the best and most affordable fish for weight loss, especially from your belly! One study in the Journal of Lipid Research showed that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation had the profound ability to turn off abdominal fat genes. And while you'll find two types of fatty acids in cold water fish and fish oils—DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—researchers say DHA can be 40 to 70 percent more effective than EPA at down-regulating fat genes in the abdomen, preventing belly fat cells from expanding in size. Canned chunk light tuna, harvested from the smallest fish, is considered a "low mercury fish" and can be enjoyed two to three times a week (or up to 12 ounces), according to the FDA's most recent guidelines.


Pacific Cod

Baked cod

Fish and chips won't help you lose weight, at least not out of the fryer. But research suggests a regular serving of Pacific cod, the fish that's typical of fish sticks, may keep you stick thin. One study in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases found that eating five servings of cod per week as part of a low-calorie diet for eight weeks resulted in an extra 3.8 pounds of weight loss compared to a diet with the same amount of calories but no fish. Researchers attribute the satiating and slimming properties to cod's high protein content and amino acid profile, which can help regulate the metabolism. No wonder Captain Birdseye looks so smug!




Speaking of weight loss oysters have also been shown to contribute to help you shed pounds thanks to their impressive zinc content. One study found that obese people who consumed 30 milligrams of zinc per day—the equivalent of just six raw oysters—had lower BMIs, weighed less, and showed improvements in blood cholesterol levels. What's more? That same six-oyster helping will give you 28 g of protein and 2,064 mg of omega-3s.


Canned Sardines In Oil


The smaller the fish, the smaller the amount of harmful mercury. These tiny fish typically come from the Pacific. Despite their diminutive size, they pack a nutritional punch. A mere 3 ounces provides 12 percent your recommended daily intake of vitamin D, 835 mg of omega-3s, and 64 percent of selenium, a mineral that plays a key role in metabolism, immunity, and reproductive health. Plus, they're packed with bone-building calcium. Canned versions are known to be high in sodium, so be sure to consume them in moderation or look for low-sodium canned versions.

Poultry & Eggs

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Although there are numerous sources of protein available, ranging from beans and veggies to fish and beef, chicken is by far one of the most popular sources—and it's easy to see why: it's affordable, easy to prepare and lower in fat than many other types of meat. But you don't want to miss out on all the other good-for-you poultry sources!



turkey breast

Lean and protein-rich, turkey is no longer an automatic substitute for red meat–this bird deserves props on its own. A quarter-pound turkey burger patty contains 140 calories, 16 grams of protein and eight grams of fat. Additionally, turkey is rich in DHA omega-3 acids—18 mg per serving, the highest on this list—which has been shown to boost brain function, improve your mood and turn off fat genes, preventing fat cells from growing in size. Just make sure you buy white meat only; dark contains too much fat. And know that you're doing your health a double solid by grilling at home: Restaurant versions can be packed with fatty add-ins to increase flavor. Not your problem, since it's going straight from the grill to your plate (ideally with the best spices to burn fat and peppers mixed in).



Cooked chicken breast

A 3 oz. cooked chicken breast contains only 142 calories and 3 grams of fat, but packs a whopping 26 grams of protein — more than half of the day's recommended allowance. But the go-to protein can be a fail on the taste front. (Our casual poll on the taste of plain breast elicited answers ranging from "air you cut with a knife" to "wet sock.") The good news: With just a little creativity, you can make it a savory post-gym dinner or an impressive date-night meal.



Eggs in pan

Eggs might just be the easiest, cheapest and most versatile way to up your protein intake. Beyond easily upping your daily protein count, each 85-calorie eggs packs a solid 7 grams of the muscle-builder! Eggs also boost your health: They're loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and iron. Don't just reach for the whites, though; the yolks boast a fat-fighting nutrient called choline, so opting for whole eggs can actually help you trim down. When you're shopping for eggs, pay attention to the labels. You should be buying organic, when possible. These are certified by the USDA and are free from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones. As for color, that's your call. The difference in color just varies based on the type of chicken—they both have the same nutritional value, says Molly Morgan, RD, CDN a board-certified sports specialist dietician based in upstate New York.

Legumes & Nuts


From time to time it's beneficial to replace animal proteins with plant-based sources of the nutrient in your diet—doing so can reduce your risk of chronic conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. In one Spanish study, participants who ate a calorie-restricted diet that included four weekly servings of legumes lost more weight than those on a calorie-equivalent diet that didn't include beans—likely due to their belly-filling fiber content. A study published in the journal Obesity backs that assumption: The researchers found that eating 160 grams—or a little more than a half cup—of legumes led people to feel 31 percent fuller. It doesn't matter what types of beans you eat (so long as they aren't re-fried), just be sure to work them into your diet to reap the benefits. Mixing some into a smoothie is just one of the ways to lose weight in 4 seconds!



variety of beans

Beans are good for more than just your heart. They're loaded with proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can benefit your brain and muscles, too. Not to mention, they digest very slowly, which can help you feel fuller, longer, and fuel weight loss efforts without causing feelings of deprivation. Look for easy-to-use, pre-cooked BPA-free varieties that come in a pouch or a box. Add them to soups and salads or mix them with brown rice and steamed vegetables to create a hearty—yet healthy—dinner. Big into snacking? Mix black beans with some salsa and corn, and serve with some whole grain crackers (just make sure they are one of our go-to low carb snacks.


Soybean Products


Vegetarians rejoice! Soy protein, such as tofu or tempeh, might not be as popular as chicken or fish, but it boasts its own set of impressive nutritional benefits that include protecting lean body mass and reducing LDL ("bad") cholesterol. In fact, a review published in the journal Nutrients found that soy, in addition to lowering bad cholesterol, can also improve cardiovascular health through mechanisms that have nothing to do with its protein content. Thanks to additional components—namely isoflavones, lecithins, saponins, and fiber—numerous studies have shown that soy can alleviate cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, hyperglycemia, inflammation, and obesity beyond cholesterol lowering. A 2016 study even found that the vegetarian-safe food can also improve kidney function among older adults.




Here are some pretty amazing proportions: One cup of lentils has the protein of three eggs, with less than one gram of fat! Their high fiber content makes them extremely satiating, and studies have shown that they speed fat loss: Spanish researchers found that people whose diets included four weekly servings of legumes lost more weight and improved their cholesterol more than people who didn't. Eat them on their own as a side or simmer them into a soup.


Peanut Butter

Toast with peanut butter

This creamy spread is downright addictive. While eating too much peanut butter can wreak havoc on your waistline, a standard two-tablespoon serving provides a solid dose of muscle-building protein and healthy fats. According to a 2014 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming peanuts can prevent both cardiovascular and coronary artery disease—the most common type of heart condition. Look for the unsalted, no sugar added varieties without hydrogenated oils to reap the most benefits. If you're tired of plain old PB&J sandwiches, try stirring the spread into hot oatmeal, smearing it on fresh produce, or blending it into your post-workout smoothie.



Hummus celery carrots

Hummus is made from the mighty garbanzo bean, also known as a chickpea. This satiating dip is higher in fiber, healthy fats, and protein than your average ranch dip, making it a healthier alternative for your crudite platter.


Pantry staples beans grains

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A wise man once said: "A good reputation is more valuable than money." And in the food realm, the grain that carries the most clout is undoubtedly quinoa. Known for its high protein and fiber content, the ancient grain has been said to aid weight loss and improve health—and Americans can't get enough of the stuff. In fact, we imported 69 millions pounds of quinoa in 2013 alone. But just because quinoa carries a massive health halo doesn't necessarily mean it's the most nutritious grain in the supermarket. In fact, there are a number of grains that pack as many—or more—total health and weight loss benefits.


Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

Sprouted grain bread

Not all breads are carb bombs waiting to shatter your weight loss goals. This nutrient-dense bread is loaded with folate-filled lentils, protein, and good-for-you grains and seeds like barley and millet. To boost the flavor of your slices, make a veggie sandwich overflowing with wholesome nutrients. On two slices of sprouted whole-grain bread combine tahini-free hummus, avocado slices, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, onions, spinach, and tomatoes, one of the healthiest foods on the planet.




This nutty-flavored gluten-free grain may be small, but it packs a mighty nutritional punch. It's loaded with fiber, essential amino acids, calcium and vitamin C — a nutrient not typically found in grains. To reap the benefits, trade your morning oatmeal in for a protein-packed teff porridge. Combine a half cup of teff with one a half cups of water and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Let it come to a boil before turning the heat down to low and letting it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and top with apples, cinnamon and a dollop of natural peanut butter.




While you may have never heard of this hearty whole grain before, it may become your new favorite. This wheat-rye hybrid packs 12 grams of protein per half cup, and is also rich in brain-boosting iron, bloat-busting potassium, magnesium and heart-healthy fiber. Use triticale berries in place of rice and mix it with soy sauce, fresh ginger, cloves, shiitake mushrooms and edamame to make a healthy, Asian-inspired dish. If you prefer to firing up the oven to using the stove, use triticale flour in place of traditional flour in your baking.



Overnight oats

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The wonderfood: People who eat oatmeal for breakfast feel full longer—even four hours after they put spoon to mouth! That's sure to keep you out of the snack drawer mid-morning, boosting your weight loss efforts. The instant varieties often have added sugars and artificial flavors and making slow-cooking oatmeal on the stove can add stress to your already rushed morning routine. The solution: overnight oats. All you have to do to whip up a bowl is fill a mason jar or Tupperware container with grains, toppings, add-ins and a liquid like milk or water. Then you throw it in the refrigerator overnight. While you're sleeping, the flavors fuse together so all you have to do is scarf it down next morning—no cooking required! Check out our favorite mouthwatering combos right here, with the 50 Best Overnight Oats Recipes



Amaranth porridge

Like quinoa, amaranth is not technically a grain, but the seed of an amaranth plant. Naturally gluten-free, amaranth is higher in muscle-building protein than wheat and brown rice—with more than 9 grams per cup—and surprisingly high in other nutrients such as calcium and fiber as well. Amaranth is also an excellent source of manganese, iron, and selenium, which keeps your thyroid in check and preserves elastin in the skin, helping your skin stay supple, smooth and tight. What's more? Cooked amaranth leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, manganese, and folate.



Kamut grain

Kamut is an ancient grain native to the Middle East that is an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber, while simultaneously being low in calories. In fact, a half-cup serving of the stuff has 30 percent more protein than regular wheat and just 140 calories. What's more? A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating kamut reduces cholesterol, blood sugar, and cytokines (which cause inflammation throughout the body). Kamut's ability to stabilize blood sugar and reduce inflammation make it a great weight loss staple, especially if it is used in place of nutritionally lacking refined grains.


Dairy products

Not around your waist, but on your plate: A new report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute found that more and more of us are choosing whole-fat foods over skim, lite, fat-free or other modern monikers of leanness. And while many health organizations like the American Heart Association still want us to cut down on fat—particularly saturated fat—this full-fat trend may be a healthy rebellion against those decades-old credos, according to recent studies. Take a look at our favorite dairy products.


Gruyere Cheese

Gruyere cheese

Here's an excuse for a wine-and-cheese hour: The fancy Swiss cheese contains 30% more protein than an egg in one slice, plus one-third of your RDA of vitamin A. If you're looking to indulge, keep your serving to the size of four dice, and moderate your vino to one glass for women, two glasses for men, to get the bad-cholesterol-lowering benefits of the antioxidant resveratrol. And better yet, stick to the #1 wine for rapid weight loss.


Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan and grater

Most cheeses are naturally very low in sugar due to the fermentation process that produces it, and Parmesan cheese has the added benefit of actually reducing belly-bloating sugar cravings. Parmesan contains the amino acid tyrosine (a building block of protein) which has been shown to encourage the brain to release dopamine and another neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, eliminating the desire for sweet stuff. What's more? Parmesan is also low in carbs but packed with other key nutrients. One ounce of the Italian cheese contains about 31 percent of your daily recommended intake of bone-building calcium and 11 g of satiating protein.


2% Greek Yogurt

Fruit yogurt nuts

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Yogurt may be one of your key allies in weight-loss efforts. A study printed in the British Journal of Nutrition found that probiotics like the ones found in creamy, delicious yogurt helped obese women lose nearly twice the weight compared to those who did not consume probiotics. Both sets of subjects were on low-calorie diets, but after 12 weeks, the probiotic poppers lost an average of 9.7 pounds, while those on placebos lost only 5.7. Bonus: the subjects who were given the good bacteria continued to lose weight even after an additional 12 weeks, an average of 11.5 pounds to be accurate! Probiotics can help ramp up your metabolism and improve your immune system, but it pays to be picky about your sources. Yogurt's a great way to get a.m. protein and probiotics, but to get the healthiest yogurt you'll have to read labels; most are packed with added sugars that exceed their protein levels.



Drinkable yogurt kefir

Kefir, fermented milk produced from grains, has been a rising nutritional superstar over the past few years thanks to the myriad of health benefits it offers. Though the smoothie-like dairy drink is similar to yogurt, it's ideal for those with a dairy-intolerance because it has been found to counteract the effects of the milk's stomach-irritating lactose. Furthermore, a review published in Nutrition Research Reviews found that regular consumption of kefir has been associated with improved digestion, antibacterial effect, hypocholesterolaemic effect, control of plasma glucose, anti-hypertensive effect, anti-inflammatory effect, antioxidant activity, anti-carcinogenic activity, anti-allergenic activity, and healing effects.


1% Organic, Grass-Fed Milk

Glass of milk

Organically raised cows are not subject to the same hormones and antibiotics that conventional cows are; no antibiotics for them means no antibiotics for you. Grass fed cows have been shown to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (good) and two to five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than their corn and grain fed counterparts. CLA contains a group of chemicals which provides a wide variety of health benefits, including immune and inflammatory system support, improved bone mass, improved blood sugar regulation, reduced body fat, reduced risk of heart attack, and maintenance of lean body mass. While skim milk may be lowest in calories, many vitamins are fat-soluble, which means you won't get all the benefits of the alphabetical nutrients listed on your cereal box unless you opt for at least 1%.

Nuts & Seeds


Hang out at a local bar and you're sure to come across a variety of nuts (the food, not the people hanging out in the corner)—and guys popping them like they're diet freebies. It's the perfect example of good food gone bad. Nuts, like avocados, are loaded with heart-healthy fats. But healthy doesn't always mean lean. A couple of beers and a few handfuls of nuts and you've racked up some serious calories—and diet damage. "A one-ounce serving of nuts contains 135 calories, and how many nuts you get in a serving will depend on your nut of choice," says Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD. "Think about it: Would you rather have 12 cashews or 22 almonds?" Here are our favorite nuts and seeds.


Chia Seeds

Chia seeds

One of the hallmarks of a balanced diet is to have a good ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3s. A 4:1 ratio would be ideal, but the modern American diet is more like 20:1. That leads to inflammation, which can trigger weight gain. But while eating a serving of salmon every day isn't exactly convenient, sprinkling chia seeds—among the most highly concentrated sources of omega-3s in the food world—into smoothies, salads, cereals, pancakes or even desserts is as easy a diet upgrade as you can get.



Ground flaxseed in bowl

Flaxseed is nutritious at any age, but they may be especially beneficial as you get older seeing as how it has been shown to reduce high blood pressure, thus lessening your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. According to a study in Natural Medicine Journal, participants were split into two groups and both ate a variety of foods, including bagels, muffins, and buns. While one group received added flaxseed totaling 30 g of milled flaxseed each day for one year, the other group was given a placebo. After six months, both systolic and diastolic blood pressure were lower in the flaxseed group, Furthermore, flax group participants who started with elevated blood pressure had more pronounced decreases in blood pressure than those who were not given flaxseed.


Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds likely aren't one of those foods you pay any mind to, but the crunchy little buggers have been shown to play a crucial role in weight maintenance and deserve to be tossed into a salad or whole wheat noodle dish. Researchers suspect its the lignans—plant compounds—found in sesame seeds (and flax seeds) that makes them so special. In a 2015 study, women who consumed high levels of lignans tended to weigh less and gain less weight over time when compared to women who didn't consume these compounds in high amounts. Not a fan of that seedy texture? Try slathering some sesame-based tahini on a piece of bread instead.


Mustard Seed

Musard seed grain

Researchers at England's Oxford Polytechnic Institute found that by eating 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard (about 5 calories) can boost the metabolism by up to 25 percent for several hours after eating. Not only that, a study published in the Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that visceral adipose tissue of rats fed a diet of pure lard was lowered when the diet was supplemented with mustard oil. Scientists attribute mustard's belly-blasting abilities to allyl isothiocyanates, phytochemicals that give the popular condiment its characteristic flavor.


Shelled Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

Dr. Lindsey Duncan, a nutritionist who's worked with Reggie Bush, is a big fan of pumpkin seeds. "A handful of raw pepitas or dry roasted pumpkin seeds can give you a natural jolt to power through a workout," he says. "They're a good source of protein, healthy fats and fiber, keeping you feeling full and energized longer, and contain manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, which provide additional energy support to maximize gym time." Throw them into salads and rice dishes, or eat them raw.




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Think of each almond as a natural weight-loss pill. A study of overweight and obese adults found that, combined with a calorie-restricted diet, consuming a little more than a quarter-cup of the nuts can decrease weight more effectively than a snack comprised of complex carbohydrates and safflower oil—after just two weeks! (And after 24 weeks, those who ate the nuts experienced a 62% greater reduction in weight and BMI!) For optimal results, eat your daily serving before you hit the gym. Almonds, rich in the amino acid L-arginine, can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts, a study printed in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found.




As it turns out, almonds aren't the only superstar nuts around. Studies have shown pistachios aren't bad to snack on either. UCLA Center for Human Nutrition researchers divided study participants into two groups, each of which were fed a nearly identical low-cal diet for three months. One group was given 220-calories of pretzels as an afternoon snack, while the other sect munched on 240-calories worth of pistachios. About a month into the study, the pistachio group had reduced their BMI by a point and improved their cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while the pretzel-eaters stayed the same.




You know those heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids you keep hearing so much about? Walnuts have more of those nutritious compounds than any other nut, which is reason alone to toss a handful of 'em onto a salad or eat them as part of a protein-packed snack, and they're not lacking in other nutrients either. In fact, research has shown they might be especially beneficial to consume as you age. According to the Walnuts and Healthy Aging (WAHA) study, which is currently being conducted by researchers from the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona and Loma Linda University, preliminary findings suggest daily walnut consumption positively impacts blood cholesterol levels without adverse effects on body weight among older adults. Researchers instructed 707 healthy older adults to add daily doses of walnuts ( approximately 15 percent of caloric intake) to their typical diet or to consume their usual diet without nuts. After one year, the study found that both diets had minimal effect on body weight, triglycerides, and HDL cholesterol, however, the walnut-diet resulted in significant LDL cholesterol reductions compared to the control, nut-free diet.


Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts

Like many other nuts, Brazil nuts are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and calcium, but they've also been shown to be especially beneficial in fighting prostate cancer thanks to their impressive magnesium and selenium content. In fact, a study that appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that the inverse association between baseline plasma selenium levels and risk of advanced prostate cancer suggests that higher levels of selenium may slow prostate cancer tumor progression.




Cashews are good source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and copper, and shouldn't be overlooked as one of your go-to nuts. Magnesium boasts a myriad of health benefits such as helping your body relieve various conditions like constipation, insomnia, headaches and muscle cramps, as well as regulating the immune system and supporting brain function. They also contain a good amount of biotin, which will help keep your locks shiny and lustrous.


Various cooking oils

Here's your new mantra: Eat fat to lose fat.

It's true: Our bodies need dietary fat—particularly healthy oils—in order to lose weight and function properly. The right kinds of fats and oils help quash hunger, maximize your metabolism, and speed nutrients through your body. But not all oils are created equal: Some are downright bad (like trans fats in margarines), while some fats are simply confusing (what's a canola look like, anyways? And what's this about an extra virgin?).

These oils have the highest levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, and lauric acid (all good for you), lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fats (not so good for you), and zero trans fats (avoid at all costs).


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil melted

Why It's Great: Extracted from the meat of fresh coconuts, this tropical oil is a great source of the medium-chain saturated fat, lauric acid, which converts into energy more easily than other types of fat. Picking coconut oil over other less healthy fats, like lard and margarine, means less flubber is apt to be stored on your frame. (Swapping your standard cooking oil for this exotic version is one of our weight loss tricks you haven't tried

How to Use It: This trendy oil can be used for anything you might use butter for, from frying to baking; use it for cookies, cakes, and pancakes. It's so healthy, you'll find it in some of the Zero Belly Diet smoothies. It also tastes great on toast and drizzled over homemade baked sweet potato "fries" with a bit of garlic powder, salt and pepper. Coconut oil breaks down when exposed to super high temperatures, so don't deep-fry with it.


Peanut Oil


Why It's Great: Peanut oil is loaded with a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid (OEA) which can help reduce appetite and promote weight loss. Plus, research out of the University of California, Irvine, found that this particular type of fat boosts memory. Don't forget it next time you cook.

How to Use It: Because of its high smoke point, peanut oil should be your go-to oil for frying and many high-heat tasks like wok-cooking and pan-searing.


Avocado Oil

Avocado oil

Why It's Great: Made from pressed avocados, this oil is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that may help improve cholesterol and ward off hunger. It also contains vitamins B and E and bloat-banishing potassium—it's no surprise that it's one of the preferred Paleo diet fats.

How to Use It: Like a salad oil. The oil has a mild nutty taste and a light avocado aroma. It works well drizzled over breads, fish, and homemade pizzas. It also pairs nicely with watermelon, grapefruit and oranges. Add some to your fruit salad to create a new twist on a classic dish.


Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia nut oil

Why It's Great: You'll have to hunt around in the specialty stores for it, but this bold and buttery oil may be the healthiest you'll find: Eighty-four percent of the fat in macadamia nuts is monounsaturated, and it has a very high percentage of omega-3s fatty acids. It's also a source of phytosterols, a plant-derived compound that has been associated with decreased cancer risk.

How to Use It: Due to its medium to high smoke point, macadamia nut oil is best suited for baking, stir frying and oven cooking. For a quick snack, toss slices of sweet potatoes with the nut oil and bake in the oven on 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until crispy.


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil

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Why It's Great: Extra virgin olive oil may increase blood levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety. Plus, olive oil is also loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants that help battle many diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and brain deterioration.

How to Use It: Expensive extra-virgin, with its robust flavor, should be saved to dress salads, vegetables and cooked dishes. For cooking purposes, regular or light olive oil is sufficient.


Walnut Oil

Walnut oil

Why It's Great: Recently making a splash on restaurant menus and grocery store shelves, this oil has a rich nutty, roasted flavor. A small Pennsylvania State study found that a diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may help the body respond better to stress and can also help keep diastolic blood pressure levels down. Walnut oil is also rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids which may increase diet-induced calorie burn and resting metabolic rate (the calories we use to keep our heart pumping and body running). And walnuts have more omega-3 fatty acids than any other nut.

How to Use It: Mix with sherry vinegar, olive oil, cumin and a pinch of salt and pepper to make a salad dressing. This oil doesn't do well under heat, so it shouldn't be used for hot surface cooking or high temperature baking.


Canola Oil

Rapeseed canola oil

Why It's Great: Canola, derived from the seeds of a plant in the broccoli family, comes in toward the top of our list with its near-perfect 2.5:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. According to a study review published last year in Experimental Biology and Medicine, people who achieve a dietary ratio similar to this have been able to battle cancer, arthritis and asthma more effectively. It's also rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid that may play a role in weight maintenance, according to a recent study.

How to Use It: This is the best option for everyday cooking situations. Canola oil can withstand relatively high levels of heat, and its flavor is fairly neutral, so it won't dominate a dish.


Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil

Why It's Great: Also known as linseed oil—yes, the stuff you used in art class—this fat contains ALA, an an essential omega-3 fatty acid that can aid weight maintenance and may reduce heart disease risks by promoting blood vessel health and reducing inflammation. This oil can also be used topically to fight carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a 2014 Iranian clinical trial.

How to Use It: Flaxseed oil doesn't hold up well when exposed to heat. Drizzle it on top of salads or use it instead of olive oil or mayo when whipping up pestos, tuna salads and sauces. Or pour into a smoothie!


Spices in jars

Wars were fought over them, best-selling pop groups were named after them and new continents were discovered in search of them. But before they were money or symbols of Girl Power, spices were medicines—healers that date back to the world's first civilizations.

The 21st century brings a new chapter to the spice world story: one of scientific exploration. Today's researchers are discovering incredible health and nutritional riches in spices. From balancing blood sugar to boosting brain power, and even promoting weight loss, here are five of the healthiest spices on the planet—plus helpful tips for making the best purchase for the ultimate healing spice rack!



Dark chocolate and cocoa powder

How sweet it is! Dozens of studies show that people who consume cocoa–as a hot drink or eaten as dark chocolate–are in much better cardiovascular shape than those who don't. One nine-year study in the journal Circulation Heart Failure found women who ate one to two servings of high-quality chocolate per week had a 32 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who said no to the cocoa. Researchers attribute cocoa's health benefits to polyphenols and flavanols, anti-inflammatory compounds that help protect the heart in a number of ways. The benefits don't stop at the heart, though. Studies have shown this sweet spice can help control inflammation-related diseases such as diabetes, liver cirrhosis, and degenerative diseases of the brain like Alzheimer's.

Get the benefits: The most healthful dark chocolate contains 74 percent or more cocoa solids, but if you're serious about a healthier heart, don't buy anything under 60 percent cacao. We like Lindt's 85% Cocoa Excellence bar. The chocolate in this bar isn't alkalized–a process that strips out the bitterness at the cost of the cocoa's natural, healthy compounds–and you can enjoy four indulgent squares for just 230 calories and 5 grams of sugar. The rule of thumb for buying cocoa: The more bitter, the better!



ground cinnamon

Ironically, (or perhaps nature's way of cutting us some slack) cinnamon–the warm spice that gives sugary baked goods extra flavor–can help control blood sugar and prevent against diabetes. One study found that adding a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon to a starchy meal is as effective as older generation diabetes drugs at stabilizing blood sugar and warding off insulin spikes. There are other health benefits of cinnamon: studies have shown the spice may improve cholesterol, ward off the effects of Alzheimer's, and provide treatment for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Get the benefits: Will the real cinnamon spice please stand up? Cassia cinnamon is the variety you're most likely to find at the grocery store, but it's ceylon cinnamon, a milder, pricier variety that's touted by health experts. You can find true cinnamon online or in Indian marketplaces and spice shops. It's an essential part of the 150+ recipes for weight loss in Zero Belly Cookbook!




Once referred to as "Poor Man's Saffron" because of its deep yellow hue, turmeric is now touted by health experts as the "Golden Spice of Life." Traditional to Indian cooking, turmeric owes its health benefits to the active ingredient curcumin, a powerful antioxidant shown to release its anti-inflammatory goodness to almost every cell in the body, boosting the immune system and treating a host of maladies from indigestion to cancer. The most recent research shows turmeric may be an effective treatment for brain disease. One recent study found that people at risk of cognitive impairment who added one gram of turmeric to breakfast showed significantly improved working memory after just six hours. There's also a growing body of research into the role of curcumin in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Get the benefits: Turmeric is the only edible source of curcumin, so you want to sneak it into your diet as much as possible. While the spice is typical of curries, it's not to be confused with curry powder—a blend of spices that includes turmeric. Look for turmeric from Alleppey, which has twice the curcumin than turmeric from Madras. The raw spice is rather harsh, so it's best enjoyed cooked in dishes like a stir-fry or stew. You can also use it a seasoning for meat, poultry, and fish.



Ginger root

Used for thousands of years to tame troubled tummies and aid digestion, ginger is mentioned in Chinese medical texts from the fourth century BC! And for the past few decades, scientists have been proving ginger works at quieting that queasy feeling. A significant body of research paints ginger as a powerful muscle relaxant which helps reduce soreness brought on by exercise by as much as 25 percent, as well as banishes bloat. Researchers attribute ginger's health benefits to gingerols, compounds that are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial—and anti-disease. In fact, studies suggest ginger may reduce symptoms of arthritis, improve cholesterol, and prevent cancer.

Get the benefits: Fresh ginger is richest in gingerol—the compound that contributes to many of the spice's health benefits. When buying the dried spice, researchers say you'll get the most gingerol from organic varieties. Ginger is just one of amazing IBS remedies !



Garlic bulbs and cloves

If you were to ask yourself, "Is there anything garlic can't do?" the short answer to that question would be "No." A review in Nutrition Journal showed the spice responsible for bad breath can also prevent and treat a myriad of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as thrombosis, hypertension, and diabetes. More specifically, garlic has been shown to help reverse early heart disease by removing plaque buildup in arteries. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Nutrition involved 55 patients, aged 40 to 75 years, who had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The results of the study showed that aged garlic extract effectively reduced plaque in coronary arteries (the arteries supplying blood to the heart) for patients with metabolic syndrome.



Cilantro leaves

Though technically not a spice, cilantro is more than just a pretty garnish. The herb, though polarizing in terms of taste, contains a unique blend of oils that work much like over-the-counter meds to relax digestive muscles and alleviate an "overactive" gut. A study published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Science found that patients with IBS benefited from supplementing with cilantro as opposed to placebo because their bellies weren't as bloated.




Again, though it's not technically a spice, rosemary deserves recognition beyond being sprinkled over a roast chicken. That's because this flavorful herb is a powerful anti-inflammatory thanks to its high concentration of antioxidant compounds. Scientists believe the anti-inflammatory activity comes from the presence of carnosic acid and carnosol, two polyphenolic compounds in rosemary which a BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine study discovered could effectively inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Pour apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, is a type of vinegar made from fermented apples that has a distinct amber hue and a multitude of health benefits. For starters, it has been shown to quiet hunger hormones. According to a Bioscience, Biotechnology, & Biochemistry study, consuming apple cider vinegar each day can lead to weight loss, reduced belly fat, waist circumference, and lower blood triglycerides. More specifically, the study of obese Japanese participants found that those who consumed 1 tablespoon of ACV over a three month period lost 2.6 pounds, and those who consumed 2 tablespoons lost 3.7 pounds in the same time frame.



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From eatthis.com

100 Unhealthiest Foods On the Planet

Simply put: These foods could be hazardous to your health.

By Eat This, Not That! Editors

December 15, 2020


Jennifer Maldonado

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Sorry to break it to you, but even though there are some foods you simply just can't ever seem to resist (we're talking cookies, nachos, onion rings—the stuff that taste oh so good) they're just not the best for you healthwise. It's these nutrient-deficient foods you're going to want to avoid, as they can truly wreck your body, especially if you're trying to make healthier choices during these times when it's much easier to just load up on junk food. And due to food manufacturers and deceptive marketers, even some of your seemingly "healthy" meals are filled with unhealthy fats, artificial ingredients, and unnecessary preservatives that are hazardous to your health, too.

On a mission to help you understand exactly what exactly is in your food, and why it's bad, we put together this list of the least nutritious foods on the planet that are so toxic, they just wreck your body. And while you're clearing these out of your kitchen, be sure to stay on course with any of the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.

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Coffee Creamer

Coffee creamer

Unhealthy Ingredients: Soybean and canola oil

The problem with coffee creamer? There's no cream! The first three ingredients listed on Nestle's Coffee-Mate's popular creamers, for example, are water, sugar, and soybean and/or canola oil. Is that what you want to add to your morning cup of joe? Coffee creamers can also have synthetic additives like mono and diglycerides.

Drink This! Instead: Plain ol' cow's milk always makes for a healthy addition to your morning cup, but if you're still looking for a hint of flavor, try out a plant-based creamer to jazz up your cup of Joe. Califa Farms has tons of varieties, and these creamers have fewer calories and sugar than the typical Coffee-Mate Creamers.


Bleached White Flour Bread

Bleached white flour

Unhealthy Ingredient: Bleaching chemicals such as azodicarbonamide

Even if your bread's first ingredient is "wheat flour"—keep reading. If it doesn't mention that it's unbleached, you're likely noshing on a sandwich laced with creepy chemicals. Some manufacturers use an ingredient called azodicarbonamide, which you might recall is the "yoga mat" additive that Subway once controversially used. This plastic dough conditioner is used to make bread dough fluffier. The CSPI agrees you should avoid it, citing evidence that the chemicals azodicarbonamide break down into after baking are recognized carcinogens.

Eat This! Instead: There are plenty of whole-grain and whole-wheat flours and breads that don't include bleaching chemicals. Not only that, but they are better for you in a variety of other ways, too. Go with one of these Best Brand Name Breads for Weight Loss!


Fruit Juice

grape juice

Unhealthy Ingredient: Fiber-less fruit, high-fructose corn syrup

It's natural! What could be wrong? Well, while 100 percent fruit juice is a better pick than high fructose corn syrup-laden drinks like Sunny D, even the all-natural Welch's Grape Juice still packs up to 36 grams of sugar per cup—or about what you'd get from whipping four Krispy Kreme glazed donuts into a blender. And although this sugar is natural, your body treats it the same way as any other sugar. What's more, most of the sweetness in juice comes from fructose, a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose tissue in overweight people—yep, that's belly fat—according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Drink This! Instead: Just add fresh sliced fruit like oranges and grapefruit to plain ol' H2O and chill.

RELATED: The easy guide to cutting back on sugar is finally here.


Diet Sodas

soda in glasses

Unhealthy Ingredients: Caramel coloring, Bisphenol A (BPA), aspartame

What do artificial colors, flame retardants, and waist-widening fake sugars all have in common? They're ingredients in all your favorite diet fizzy drinks. Nearly all popular diet sodas contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener that was initially developed to aid weight loss, but that has recently been found to have the opposite effect, raising glucose levels, overloading the liver, and causing the excess to convert into fat, according to a study in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

Eat This! Instead: There's nothing wrong with a nice glass of water but if you're sick of plain H2O, opt for one of these delicious detox teas or a cup of coffee instead.


Deep Fried Foods

Fried food

Unhealthy Ingredient: High heat, inflammatory oil

Fried chicken, fried calamari, pork rinds, chicken-fried steak. You won't ever see these items marked as an "Eat This." Besides the high fat and calorie content, the main issue with these fried foods is that they contain high levels of inflammatory Advanced Glycation End products, or AGEs. These compounds form when animal-derived products are cooked at high temperatures for a prolonged period of time. According to a 2015 review published in the journal Advances in Nutrition, experts concluded that "sustained exposure to [AGEs] gradually erodes native defenses, setting the stage for abnormally high [oxidative stress] and inflammation, the precursors of disease."

Eat This! Instead: Luckily, researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that when people cut out high-AGE foods like processed and fried foods, markers of inflammation in their body diminished. So, go grilled whenever you can or bake your foods in the oven.


Bacon & Sausage

Grilled sausage and hot dogs

Unhealthy Ingredients: Nitrates and nitrites, high heat cooking methods

Processed meats are the worst of both worlds. They're typically made from red meats high in saturated fats, and they contain high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs): inflammatory compounds that are created when these processed meats are dried, smoked, and cooked at high temperatures. Not to mention, those nitrates and nitrites in cured and natural, "uncured" meats can turn into carcinogenic nitrosamines when exposed to high heat, according to Meat Science. (And you're typically roasting your sausages on a flame-flickering grill and bacon in a frying pan, right?)

Eat This! Instead: Luckily, manufacturers have a limit on the amount of nitrites they use and are required to add antioxidants, such as vitamin C, which a review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found helps to inhibit nitrosamine formation. While a study in Food Chemistry found processed foods have an average of 80 percent fewer nitrites than they once did, you can take extra precautions to limit your nitrosamine exposure by purchasing uncured meats that use no nitrites—only salt—and try turning down the heat.


Sugary Cereal


Unhealthy Ingredients: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), refined carbs, added sugar

There's no sugar-coating it: sugar wreaks havoc on the body. Consuming too much of the white stuff can lead to obesity, which often causes other health problems like diabetes and heart disease. And many cereals pack more sugar into one bowl than you'll find in a Boston Cream Donut! To make matters worse, many popular varieties like Frosted Flakes and Fruity Pebbles are also laced with Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), ingredients that are banned in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and much of Europe because they are thought to be carcinogenic. You'll also want to check out the 20 Worst "Healthy" Cereals.

Eat This! Instead: Cascadian Farms Chocolate O's and Nature's Path Peanut Butter Panda Puffs are both flavor-packed, low-sugar picks that don't contain any scary chemicals.


Frozen Entrées

Frozen food aisle

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sodium, preservatives

Freezing food is a terrific way to make it last longer, so why add preservatives? Unfortunately, manufacturers do; just witness this list of the 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America.

Eat This! Instead: Opt for organic, low-sodium, low-sugar frozen options. These 15 New Healthy Frozen Foods that Make Clean Eating a Breeze are among the best options.


Restaurant Desserts

Buttercake restaurant dessert

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

And here you thought we'd say the sugar. And calories. And fat. And everything else. While that's all true, and restaurant desserts are dangerous because the portions are often oversized, it's the sodium content that many people don't even think about. That innocent-looking, California Pizza Kitchen dessert you see pictured above has a whopping 1,110 calories, 73 grams of fat, 640 milligrams of sodium, 103 grams of carbs, and 64 grams of sugar. Check it out with its other evil friends on this list of 20 Restaurant Desserts With More Salt Than A Bag of Pretzels.

Eat This! Instead: A small scoop of sorbet is a low-risk way to satisfy that sweet tooth at the end of a meal.


White Sugar

Sugar in spoon

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar (duh)

According to the Pew Research Center, Americans ate over 90 grams of added sugar a day in 2014—which is 40 grams above the FDA's recommended intake of 50 grams per day and a whopping 65 grams above the World Health Organization's recommended intake of 25 grams! Americans' high consumption of refined, white sugar has been linked to everything from increased risk of type 2 diabetes to heart disease to obesity. Say goodbye to added sugars—and goodbye to your belly—with the Zero Sugar Diet!

Eat This! Instead: Check out our report Every Popular Added Sweetener—Ranked! to choose a smart alternative, but we'd recommend reducing your intake of added sweeteners in general.



Woman holding cupcake

Unhealthy Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, caramel color, artificial colors, propylene glycol

Birthdays are a time to celebrate. Something you shouldn't celebrate? Your frosting being made with chemicals. Many brand-name frostings, such as Duncan Hines' Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla, are made with partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils. And despite being white, many of these frostings are tinted with potentially carcinogen-contaminated dyes (such as caramel color and titanium dioxide) and artificial colors. Lastly, the propylene glycol in many frosting recipes has been linked to poor kidney health by research in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Eat This! Instead: Healthy frosting is as easy to make as it is delicious. Using avocados and dark chocolate, you can create a decadent buttercream-like frosting that takes just seconds to prepare and is loaded with mood-boosting cocoa flavonols and monounsaturated fats, which can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.


Pancake Syrup

Maple syrup

Unhealthy Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring

You'll find this on our list of 20 Foods Pretending To Be Something They're Not. Why? Famous syrup brands like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth are made with two ingredients we're constantly telling readers to avoid—liver-damaging high fructose corn syrup and carcinogen-contaminated caramel coloring—and one thing we wish they actually had: real maple syrup.

Eat This! Instead: The best syrup for your waistline is a Grade A Medium Amber pure maple syrup. Because the flavor is so concentrated, a little goes a long way, saving you calories and sugar. For even more ways to cut back on the white granular stuff don't miss these 30 Easy Ways to Stop Eating so Much Sugar.


Bottled Smoothies

Collection of bottled smoothies

Unhealthy Ingredients: Fiber-less fruit

Busy mornings and grab-and-go breakfasts are practically synonymous—so it's easy to see the appeal of store-bought smoothies. They seem like the best way to get what you crave in a pinch. But the timesaving drinks have a downside: Compared to fresh-made drinks, most of them fall short on nutrition and are so calorie- and sugar-filled that your blood sugar is sure to skyrocket. Just take Naked's Pomegranate Blueberry smoothie as an example: Downing this entire bottle will fill you up with a whopping 61 grams of sugar and absolutely zero fiber. Be sure to avoid The Worst "Healthy" Store-Bought Juices to keep your waistline trim.

Drink This Instead: Play it safe by blending up a homemade smoothie!


Charred Meats

Burgers on a grill

Unhealthy Ingredients: High heat

Grilling is awesome, but you have to watch your char! When you char meat, something called heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, develop when the creatine, sugars, and amino acids in meat react to your grill's high temperatures. Several studies published have linked HCAs with an increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.

Eat This! Instead: To chop your risk, spice it up! Adding antioxidant-rich spice extracts, like rosemary, to beef patties before grilling can slash the production of HCAs up to 90 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science. Another way to reduce your risk? Turn down the heat, since burnt meat contains higher concentrations of HCAs.


Fast Food

Breakfast sandwich

Unhealthy Ingredients: Phthalates

You may not know how to pronounce it, but you should know what phthalates (thāl-ates) are. That's because many of us are unknowingly eating this class of endocrine-disrupting chemical toxins. Similar to BPA, phthalates are used in plastic food and beverage wrappers and packaging—and they're not staying there. In 2016, an Environmental Health Perspectives study found that people who ate fast food often had dose-dependent higher levels of phthalate compounds than infrequent eaters. And that's just the beginning of bad news for all-day-breakfast lovers, since a separate study published in Environmental Science & Technology found phthalates to be associated with the CRP marker of inflammation, and another study in Environmental Health connected higher exposure to phthalates with metabolic syndrome, a disease also commonly associated with increased levels of inflammation and weight gain.

Eat This! Instead: Our best advice is to reduce your trips to fast food places, and perhaps look to fast-casual restaurants instead as these establishments use packaging less frequently. Our best advice? Skip the trip if you can, and try these 20 Homemade, Healthy "Fast Food" Recipes instead.


Energy Drinks

Energy drinks

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sucrose, glucose, caffeine

We can only imagine the number of broken Bunsen burners it took to come up with the now-familiar energy drink formula. These medicinal-tasting beverages are simply overpriced chemical cocktails with the caffeine content of a strong cup of coffee and a lot of sugar (or scary artificial sweeteners). Here's why you should be concerned: A University of Maryland study found energy drinks to be 11 percent more corrosive to your teeth than regular soda. Gross, right? Another unsettling finding came from a case study of a 50-year-old construction worker; having too many energy drinks could destroy your liver. The report, published in BMJ Case Reports in 2016, found that the man developed acute hepatitis after consuming four to five energy drinks every day over the course of three weeks.

Drink This Instead: Green tea—it's all-natural and one of the best energy boosters around.


Ready-To-Bake Pie Crust

Premade pie crust

Unhealthy Ingredients: BHA and BHT

Using a premade pie crust might save you some time when you're baking, but what's on store shelves is anything but healthy for you. Popular brands like Pillsbury's Refrigerated Pie Crust contains BHA and BHT, two preservatives you want to avoid.

Eat This! Instead: Make sure your ingredient list is free from these preservatives. One crust we approve of is Trader Joe's version!


Brown Rice

Brown rice bowl

Unhealthy Ingredients: Arsenic

Despite the countless health benefits of brown rice—which include digestion-slowing fiber and metabolism-boosting selenium—there is one reason you might consider the white grain over brown: arsenic levels. Recent analyses conducted by the Food and Drug Administration have found that arsenic is showing up at alarming rates in our beloved brown rice. Not only is arsenic known to be a carcinogen, but long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic is also associated with higher rates of skin, bladder, and lung cancers, as well as heart disease, according to the FDA. Because arsenic seeps into the outermost layers of the grain, it remains in fiber-rich brown rice but not in polished white rice.

Eat This! Instead: Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition, agrees that the levels of arsenic in rice are concerning, but assures the risks can easily be reduced by varying all grains and starches we consume.


Breakfast Biscuits

buttermilk biscuits on cooling rack

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium, sugar

Making biscuits from scratch can take forever, but the majority of the packaged varieties of bagels and muffins are chock-full of sodium and sugar, a double whammy that is bad for your waistline and your overall health.

Eat This! Instead: Thomas' "nooks and crannies" are low in sugar, but still have a rather high sodium count, so having just one half at a time you can spruce up with butter and mashed blackberries isn't too bad of a compromise.


BBQ Sauce

Barbecue sauce

Unhealthy Ingredient: High fructose corn syrup

Barbecue sauce may be the condiment of choice for people who love something smoky and sweet, but it can do damage to your waistline. Most bottled BBQ sauces are packed with tons of added sugar and sugar variations. Take Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Barbecue Sauce—not only does it have 15 grams of sugar in just two tablespoons, but the first ingredient listed is high fructose corn syrup. HFCS has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, according to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Also made with corn syrup and sugar, this sauce is the equivalent of pouring almost four sugar packets on your pulled chicken or bratwurst.

Eat This! Instead: If you need a condiment for your hot dog or brat, opt for mustard instead. It's super low-cal at just 3 calories per teaspoon, and packs a flavorful punch. If you must have BBQ sauce, make a low-sugar version yourself with some tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, and spices.


Diet Ice Cream

Cookies and cream ice cream

Unhealthy Ingredients: Polysorbate 80

When you're missing out on creamy milk, manufacturers turn to the chemistry lab to make up for the lack of flavor and texture. One additive—polysorbate 80 (P80)—helps to give diet ice cream its addictive creamy texture and long shelf life, but it harms your health. Georgia State University researchers previously linked the emulsifier with low-grade inflammation in the intestine. Not a good sign. You'll find this additive in Turkey Hill Light Recipe, Vanilla Bean.

Eat This! Instead: To find our approved, low-cal ice creams, don't miss 37 Diet Ice Creams—Ranked!.


Sports Drinks

Sports drink

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, artificial dyes

Whoever invented the Gatorade Dunk—the tradition in which winning sports teams dump coolers of the stuff on their coaches—was really on to something. One scan of the nutrition label and it's clear: the sports drink is better off seeping into the sidelines than your stomach. Sure, it provides critical post-workout electrolytes, like sodium and potassium, but it also serves up a hearty helping of calories and sugar. In fact, there are 52 grams of the sweet stuff (which is more than a day's worth) in a 32-ounce bottle. What's more, the beverage is teeming with stomach-churning additives like artificial dyes.

Drink This Instead: A better (and safer) way to replenish the electrolytes and water lost after a tough workout: try drinking a more natural beverage, like HALO Sport.



Cheesecake factory low carb cheesecake

Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar, sodium

Cream cheese is indulgent on its own, but it soars to new heights when it's made into a decadent, creamy cake. Cheesecake is filled with high amounts of fat, sugar, and sodium, and it will set you back an astronomical amount of calories for one slice of a treat you usually eat after dinner. Just take a look at any cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory: The Original Cheesecake option has 830 calories and 58 grams of fat, while almost every other option on the menu has more than 1,000 calories.

Eat This! Instead: We uncovered tons of cheesecake recipes you can try out at home that won't kill your waistline, and if you're looking for a creamier alternative, you can also get your sweet fix with a Greek yogurt parfait. Greek yogurt itself will give you a solid protein boost, and it has a thicker and creamier consistency, so if you add some fruit and ginger syrup, you'll definitely satisfy that cheesecake craving.



Slice of tiramisu

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar

This creamy dessert is on the decadent side, thanks to confectioners' sugar, whipped cream, espresso, ladyfingers, egg yolks, and mascarpone, just to name a few of the ingredients that quickly make this dessert into a high-calorie, sugar-heavy dish. Just take The Cheesecake Factory's version as an example, which comes in at more than 1,200 calories, 67 grams of sugar, and 340 mg of sodium. Yikes.

Eat This! Instead: While this is always a "sometimes" dessert, try making your own version at home. You're not only in control of the portion size, but also what you're putting in the cake, so you can make substitutions, such as using egg whites and lighter whipped cream cheese.



Margarine stick

Unhealthy Ingredient: Palm oil

You know the creamy taste of margarine had to come from somewhere, and usually it's from the addition of vegetable oils—and many blends can include palm oil, which has a high saturated fat content and can also cause inflammation.

Eat This! Instead: Instead of spreading your bread with margarine, why not swap in olive oil instead? Just make sure you're using exact measurements so you're not overdoing it, as one tablespoon has 120 calories.

RELATED: Your guide to the anti-inflammatory diet that heals your gut, slows the signs of aging, and helps you lose weight.




Unhealthy Ingredient: Oversized portions of beef

It was known as a low-cost dish in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, making it a common convenient dinner option back then, but it has more or less lost some value as a family meal staple. If you feel nostalgic while out to eat and order this while you're dining out, the dish will most likely be filled with fat and extra sodium (especially if it comes with a ketchup-based sauce). If you go to The Cheesecake Factory and order their Famous Factory Meatloaf, you'd consume more than a day's worth of sodium in the lunch size alone—the dinner size is almost two day's worth. Plus, you'll probably be eating more meat than you need to in one sitting to boot. (The food is literally called meatloaf, after all…)

Eat This! Instead: Swap in ground turkey or chicken instead of beef for a leaner meat substitute, and try your hand at making this dish at home to keep sodium and fat in check.


Taco Bowls

Taco bowl shell

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium, fat

A taco bowl is one of the quickest ways to consume a lot of calories, fat, and sodium all at once. Between the fried tortilla, plus the filling of meat, rice, cheese, sour cream, sauces, and other toppings, things can get out of control quickly. This oversized option is a no-go.

Eat This! Instead: If you're heading out to Chipotle for lunch and go for the burrito bowl, make sure you keep what you're getting in your bowl light and opt not to get a tortilla on the side or any chips. Instead, why not make your own taco salad? Lettuce serves as your base, then add a protein, some beans, and salsa (skip the sour cream to keep things lean—the salsa will give you a juicy punch of flavor on its own). When you're in full control of the ingredients, that's always the best-case scenario.


Frozen Pizza

Frozen pizza aisle

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium, food additives

Popping a frozen pizza in the oven might save you time than ordering one from your local pizza shop, but with high sodium counts and scary food additives, you might want to keep these slices in the freezer section. Red Baron's Classic Crust 4 Cheese Pizza has ingredients such as L-Cysteine hydrochloride (a salt used to treat overdoses) and "ammonium sulfate" (a commonly-used lawn fertilizer), along with 720 milligrams of sodium per serving, while Tombstone's Frozen Pepperoni Pizza contains BHT and BHA, so you're not really safe no matter which popular brand you go with.

Eat This! Instead: It's best to just make your own pizza! If you're craving a Hawaiian-style pie or a breakfast-friendly variety, a homemade pie is never a bad idea, as you're in complete control of the ingredients. Start with whole-wheat pizza dough, a low-sodium marinara sauce, a light sprinkle of cheese, and healthy toppings, and what you come up with.


Fettuccine Alfredo

Bowl of fettuccine alfredo

Unhealthy Ingredient: Cream, butter

Alfredo sauce is made from cream, parmesan cheese, and lots of butter, which together, just wreak havoc on your waistline. In fact, cream is rarely used in authentic Italian pasta dishes, so if you visit Italy, there's a good chance you won't find this dish on restaurant menus. It is present on the Olive Garden menu, however, and it comes in at 1,010 calories, proving this is another all-American-version of a classic dish you're better off without.

Eat This! Instead: If you're craving pasta, instead go with a classic spaghetti aglio e olio recipe, as this dish has very few ingredients: garlic, oil, salt, and pasta.


Belgian Waffles

Belgian waffles

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium, simple carbs

Belgian waffles tend to be bigger and thicker with deeper grids meant to hold even more syrup, butter, and cream, so that right there is reason enough to avoid choosing this as a breakfast option when you find yourself out to eat at a diner. Plus, they often get loaded with sugar and sweet batters, so they can go from bad to worse. They're also loaded with simple carbs, which makes them too easy to digest and not very promising when it comes to keeping you full and focused.

Eat This! Instead: Go with a traditional waffle you can whip up at home and make sure to top with fruit and pure maple syrup.


Onion Rings

Onion rings

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar, saturated fat

The onion ring is a great example of how everything that's good about a vegetable can be expunged, thanks to being deep fried. Some say they're even worse than French fries because onion rings have more calories, more saturated fat, more sugar, and less potassium.

Eat This! Instead: A 3-ounce serving of fried calamari—an onion ring lookalike—contains about 150 calories, 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, and 6 grams of carbohydrates, along with plenty of zinc and B vitamins. Even better is if you can do grilled calamari instead!




Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium, sugar, preservatives

Mayo ranks among the worst of the empty-calorie condiments, and even non-fat varieties aren't any better, considering the sugar and preservatives they contain. Plus, the fact that mayo is made with eggs but can happily sit, unrefrigerated, on a supermarket shelf for months without breaking down or separating is forever concerning.

Eat This! Instead: You can make a healthier version of mayo at home by blending Greek yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, pepper, and spices. You'll save more than 200 calories and 20 grams of fat per quarter-cup serving. Plus, Greek yogurt is rich in protein and calcium, so it makes for a heartier, healthier spread.




Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

The basis of nachos consists of tortilla chips, which although not generally all that bad for you, don't provide any sort of nutrients. Then you add on ground beef or pulled pork, sour cream, guacamole, and an unseemly amount of yellow cheese, and you're in calorie and fat overload. And this bar-food staple is often a go-to appetizer at many restaurants. Just take Applebee's for example, where their nachos come in at 2,000 calories and over 5,000 mg of sodium.

Eat This! Instead: If you're going to indulge, make sure you do it at home where you can make your own steak or chicken and bean nachos for far fewer calories, fat, and sodium than any you would order at a restaurant.


Fish and Chips

Fish and chips

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

Attack of the beige! Whenever your dinner is monochromatic (in this case, the off-brown hue of deep-fried), you know you're in trouble. Don't blame the fish though—the seafood is packed with lean, muscle-building protein and heart-healthy fats. But the trouble here lies with a massively unbalanced fish-to-fat ratio. A coating of crispy batter and a pile of deep-fried potatoes is just loaded in sodium and fat.

Eat This! Instead: When it comes to seafood, always abandon ship on fried fish and opt for grilled instead.


Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

Although there is protein in mozzarella sticks, this popular appetizer choice happens to be fried, and fried foods in particular up the calories, sodium, and saturated fat of everything they encounter. Just look at the mozz sticks from Applebee's: they come in at 910 calories and more than 2,500 mg of sodium. Even if you're sharing these, this is not a snack you should be indulging in.

Eat This! Instead: Skip the whole breaded and fried aspect and just munch on pure cheese sticks, which you can pair with some grapes or almonds for a filling snack. And while you're at it, make sure you're staying away from these 19 Unhealthiest Restaurant Appetizers in America—Ranked!


French Toast

plate of french toast with berries

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar, sodium

If you make the right choices when eating French toast, it isn't necessarily all that bad, but ordering this breakfast dish out at a restaurant changes everything, as it just adds more fat, sugar, and salt to a meal already high in fat, sugar, and salt as it is. Cheesecake Factory's bruléed French toast has nearly 3,000 calories, which is more than a day's worth of calories in your first meal of the day.

Eat This! Instead: To quell your sweet tooth craving at breakfast, make a smoothie alongside a breakfast sandwich with a side order of eggs. Or try your hand at your own French toast that has plenty of fruit, protein, and fiber.




Unhealthy Ingredient: Vegetable oils, margarine

We know, we know—biting into a buttery, flaky croissant is unlike anything else. But if you eat too many of them, pretty soon, your belly could transcend your belt buckle. A butter croissant from Dunkin' Donuts has 19 grams of fat (24 percent of your daily value), 340 calories, and 8 grams of saturated fat (40 percent of your daily value)—and you're likely eating all that before you even make it to work in the morning. And that's just for plain. If chocolate croissants are your go-to, you're looking at consuming upwards of 16 grams of saturated fat per pastry from Au Bon Pain, or 80 percent of your daily value's worth.

EatThis! Instead: Grab some oatmeal instead to start out your day. Oats have plenty of fiber, and if you add in some fruit, you're getting a well-balanced breakfast.


Soybean Oil

Soybean oil

Unhealthy Ingredient: It's found in so many processed and packaged foods, but soybean oil may be just as bad for you as sugar. There are studies that claim the oil can be linked to obesity and harm liver function.

Eat This! Instead: When in doubt, it's best to avoid foods that contain soybean oil, which we know, is very hard to do as it seems to be in everything. When you're cooking though, there are tons of other oils you can turn to, such as avocado oil and even ghee—a form of clarified butter—which both have high smoke points.


Canned Soup

Canned soup

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

Typically dubbed a healthy, soothing meal, soup truly is one of the least suspicious diet saboteurs of them all; however, that's not the case with canned brands. What makes it so addicting? Besides being appealing because of its low cost, many popular brands add excess amounts of salt—some brands like Campbell's Homestyle Chicken Noodle contain nearly 1,000 milligrams or more than half your recommended daily intake—which can actually cause us to overeat, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Besides disrupting satiety cues, when you constantly flood your system with sodium, you can overwork your kidneys. As a result, the sodium sits in your bloodstream where it attracts water, causing water retention and bloat, making you look five pounds heavier.

Eat This! Instead: Check out these 14 Best Healthy Canned Soups and Soup Products (& the Worst) for more insight into what's healthy and what's not.


Bouillon Cubes

Bouillon cube

Unhealthy Ingredients: Palm oil, caramel color, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

Palm oil, caramel color, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 are just a few of the unsettling ingredients found in a typical bouillon cube, such as Knorr's Chicken Bouillon Cubes. In regards to palm oil, a meta-analysis in the Journal of Nutrition found this specific fat significantly increases low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, compared with vegetable oils low in saturated fat. Followed by potentially-carcinogen-contaminated caramel color and artificial coloring agents that may have adverse effects on activity and attention in children, it's in your best interest to beware of what bouillon brand you're buying. To discover other items you should avoid adding to the pot on the stove, check out these The 20 Worst Ingredients for Weight Loss.

Eat This! Instead: Consider using an organic broth or chicken stock. Separately, Better Than Bouillon Reduced Sodium Chicken Base



Bran Muffins

Unhealthy Ingredients: Soybean oil, sugar, mono and diglycerides

Can someone explain to us why a product that's packed in a box marked "Baked Fresh Daily" contains at least two preservatives? Entenmann's isn't the only one with misleading labeling. Otis Spunkmeyer Muffins look healthy coming in at 210 calories per serving—and then you see there are two servings per muffin. Typically, store-bought muffins contain over 400 calories and a third of the day's fat, and eating half now and "saving the rest for later" is near impossible—likely because foods rich in carbs, fat and sugar can be downright addicting. Plus, many commercial muffins are also spiked with waist-widening soybean oil and additives like mono- and diglycerides.

Eat This! Instead: Kashi Blueberry Waffles. Two of these low-sugar, high-fiber waffles serve up the sweet blueberry taste you crave for a mere 150 calories. Even if you topped them with a tablespoon of syrup, you'd still take in fewer calories and less fat and sugar than you would had you opted for the muffin. The winner here is obvious. Making breakfast at home? Try some of these 30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds.


Boxed Mac & Cheese

Mac n chese

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sodium

If you have it in you to eat a mere 1-cup serving of Kraft's Three Cheese Mac & Cheese, you'd consume at least 600 milligrams of sodium—and that's not including your salted pasta water or salted butter you add to actually make these cheesy concoctions. As prepared, you hit a third of your day's recommended intake of sodium per serving; and if you eat half the box, you could end up consuming half of your entire day's allotted sodium. High sodium intake is associated with ailments such as hypertension and heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Eat This! Instead: We found some great options in The Healthiest Boxed Mac and Cheese Brands—Ranked.


Frozen Pies

Frozen pie

Unhealthy Ingredients: Hydrogenated soybean oil

That pesky ingredient is very much present in frozen pies, especially in Marie Callender's line of apple pies. While there is zero trans fat listed on the frozen desserts' nutrition labels, the presence of soybean oil and hydrogenated soybean oil is still concerning, as this type of oil has been linked to weight gain.

Eat This! Instead: We'd always go for a homemade pie when we get the chance, but if you're under a time crunch, just ensure that the two words "partially hydrogenated" are missing from your frozen pie's ingredient label.


Hot Dogs

Hot dog bun ketchup

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sodium phosphate, corn syrup, sodium, sodium nitrite

There are plenty of good reasons not to eat hot dogs—their high levels of sodium and carcinogen-producing nitrates are just two—but if you need another, here you go. The BBQ staple is also preserved with sodium phosphates: an ingredient that even McDonald's scrapped from their menu. Studies published in the journals FASEB and Aging have connected high levels of serum phosphates (due to dietary consumption) to higher rates of heart disease, chronic kidney disease, weak bones, and accelerated aging.

Eat This! Instead: If you're jonesing for a juicy dog, opt for an organic option like Applegate Farms' Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog.


Chinese Food

Chinese food takeout

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

There really is nothing quite like some takeout and Chinese food is often a meal many like to order in. But the problem with these favorites is that they are loaded in sodium.

Eat This! Instead: Steamed veggies and these other 8 Chinese Foods Approved by Diet Experts.


Deli Meats

Deli sandwich

Unhealthy Ingredients: Excess sodium

The deli meats you use to make your lunch may be putting your life at risk. How? Consider this: just 2 of those thinly-sliced pieces of meat can contain more sodium than a bag of pretzels, and upwards of 680 milligrams! (And who only uses 2 slices…?) A diet high in sodium puts many at risk for high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease, and with the average American consuming 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day, according to the American Heart Association, you should try to choose lower-sodium options whenever they are available.

Eat This! Instead: Unfortunately, all-natural, "uncured" meats still contain nitrates from natural additives like celery powder, so you won't really be reducing any negative health risks by purchasing these. Rather, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends focusing on reducing your intake of processed meats to 18 ounces (or six 3-ounce servings of meat) a week. Check out our low-sodium, Eat This!-approved meats in our exclusive report: 30 Best and Worst Packaged Deli Meats.


Instant Oatmeal Packets


Unhealthy Ingredients: Hydrogenated soybean oil, sodium, sugar

If you pick up the Peaches & Cream flavor from Quaker, you'll be consuming artery-clogging fats in the form of hydrogenated soybean oil. With other gross additives like corn syrup solids and artificial peach flavor, you're better off making your own plain oatmeal and adding milk and peaches.

Eat This! Instead: To find our Eat This-approved picks, check out our exclusive guide: 24 Best and Worst Instant Oatmeals.




Unhealthy Ingredients: Artificial coloring, added sugar, saturated fats

You already knew all the artery-clogging fats and addicting sugars in candy weren't doing you or your family any favors, but you likely didn't realize that certain candies can make it more difficult for your little ones to concentrate. A few years ago, researchers discovered that the artificial colors, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 (found in M&Ms), promote Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children, according to a study in the journal The Lancet. In fact, Norway and Sweden have already banned the use of these artificial colors, and in the rest of the EU, foods containing these additives must be labeled with the phrase: "May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children."

Eat This! Instead: M&M fans should check out Unreal's Milk Chocolate Gems. It's a similar product, but free of all the scary chemicals.


Boxed Cake Mixes

Boxed cake

Unhealthy Ingredients: Artificial flavors and artificial colors

Nothing says "Happy Birthday!" like a slice of sugary, chemical-laden cake, right? Whipping up a cake from a box is much easier than gathering all the ingredients and baking it from scratch. But taking this shortcut could cost you in the health department. Many cake mixes from Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, and Jiffy are loaded with belly-bloating sugar, and questionable chemicals—that's nothing to celebrate.

Eat This! Instead: Celebrate an occasion and the fact that you're not harming your health with excessive sugar by picking up a box of our best from our list of 20 Popular Box Cake Mixes—Ranked.


Baked Goods


Unhealthy Ingredient: Potassium bromate (bromated flour)

Banned in the United Kingdom and Canada, potassium bromate is still lurking in some U.S. foods such as pizza, wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, and bagel chips, according to a 2015 analysis by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG). The issue? A 1982 study found the dough strengthener induced tumors in rats and led the EPA to conclude bromate is a "probable human carcinogen." It's also been linked to kidney failure and cell deterioration, according to a 2001 toxicological review of bromate by the EPA. While the FDA has encouraged bakers to voluntarily stop using it since 1991, the EWG found evidence of it lurking in 86 different products, including GOYA's Disco Dough sheets for empanadas.

Eat This! Instead: This will take a little investigative work on your part, but take a moment to scan the ingredients list next time you're at the market. If you pick up a package with potassium bromate or bromated flour on the label, put it down and pick up something else.


Bottled Water

Bottle of water

Unhealthy Ingredient: BPA (Bisphenol-A)

BPA (one of these Scary Toxins Hiding in Your Cookware and Storage Containers) is a hormone-mimicking chemical found in nearly all food packaging plastics, and it's potentially bad news. According to a study in Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine, chronic ingestion of this chemical can lead to a variety of hormonal changes, including early puberty in females, sperm, reduction, obesity, and increased rates of reproductive cancers. Active in just parts per billion, a study in Reproductive Toxicology found that one of the things BPA is known for is causing men to grow breasts by disrupting their hormones.

Drink This Instead: Join the increasing amount of people who want to stay hydrated but also remain alive and with little to no change to the size of their breasts by pouring filtered water into a metal flask or non-BPA bottle. We're fans of S'Well bottles since they come in so many cool and colorful patterns.


Dried Fruit Snacks

Dried fruit

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sulfites, added sugars or fruit juice infusions, vegetable oil

Sulfites, which are used to keep prepared foods fresh, are often used in dried fruit snacks. Asthmatics are at an elevated risk for a reaction to sulfites (though anaphylaxis and life-threatening reactions are rare), such as swelling of the throat, hives, and migraines according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. You should also watch out for dried fruits that have added sugars—without water, dried fruits have a higher concentration of sugar than their hydrated counterparts, and really don't need extra of the blood-sugar-spiking stuff. Additionally, many dried fruits are coated in inflammatory vegetable oils, adding unnecessary additional calories and fat to a relatively healthy snack.

Eat This! Instead: Get your dried fruits from a retailer like Whole Foods, which says that all of their dried fruits are 100 percent sulfate-free.


American Cheese

American Cheese

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sodium citrate and phosphate

That brick of orange cheese sitting in the dairy case at your supermarket is more than just a flavorless lump of dairy-ish ingredients —it's loaded with icky additives, too. While many companies are thankfully opting for natural colors to give their cheese that trademark bad spray-tan hue, they're still loading those icky slices with ingredients that can seriously harm your health. Kraft Singles are packed with sodium citrate, which can cause muscle spasms and may be unhealthy to individuals with kidney health issues. They're also packed with sodium phosphate, an ingredient used to prevent crystallization of meat and dairy products, which has been linked to an increased risk of bone demineralization, osteoporosis, and kidney health issues.

Eat This! Instead: If you can't fight your cheese cravings, opt for an organic cheese that's made without preservatives or artificial colors. If you're trying to be particularly gentle with your body, opt for an aged white cheddar or parmesan —they're the cheeses with the lowest lactose levels, which make them the least likely to cause digestive distress to the estimated 75 percent of adults who can't fully digest dairy.


Wheat Bread

Whole grain bread

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, refined white flour

Unless it says 100% Whole Wheat, don't be fooled into thinking your "wheat" bread is that much better for you than the white version. Most some loaves contain a small amount of actual whole grains mixed with unhealthy refined flour, according to Alissa Rumsey MS, RD. Take Bimbo Bakery's "Whole Grain" Loaf as an example. It actually says "Made With Whole Grain" on the front, and by that they mean whole grain flour is listed as the third ingredient: behind regular old white flour and water. What's even more surprising to us is that this two-slice serving actually has 2 more grams of sugar than Bimbo's Soft Wheat Bread. That's because manufacturers increase the amount of added sugar to breads made with whole grains because consumers still look for that sweet taste of white bread with the "healthy" feeling of eating whole grains.

Eat This! Instead: To ensure you're picking a healthier carb, Rumsey says to look for a package that has "100% whole wheat flour" as the first ingredient.


Foods Coated with Artificial Chocolate


Unhealthy Ingredient: Polysorbate 60

Short for polyoxyethylene-(20)-sorbitan monostearate, this emulsifier is widely used in the food industry. Made of corn, palm oil, and petroleum, this gooey mix can't spoil, and it often replaces dairy products in baked goods. It's commonly contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a chemical which has been shown to cause cancer in animals and could in humans as well, according to a study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

Eat This! Instead: Foods coated with real chocolate. We like these 7 Best Healthy Chocolates.



Pickles in jar

Unhealthy Ingredients: Polysorbate 80, yellow 5, sodium benzoate

Last we checked, cucumbers are naturally green, so we're not quite sure why so many brands (Like Vlasic Dill Kosher Pickles) feel the need to add yellow dyes to their pickle jars. Vlasic also uses polysorbate 80, the same emulsifier used in diet ice creams that's been linked to causing cancer in mice. Additionally, a number of pickle jars are also filled with sodium benzoate, which has been shown to damage mitochondria, the "power station" of cells.

Eat This! Instead: You don't have to go too far out of your way to find pickles without this additive. For example, Woodstock Farms Organic Baby Kosher Dill Pickles don't have either of the benzoate brothers on its ingredients list.


Chewing Gum

persons hand take chewing gum

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners

If you don't swallow it, can chewing gum count as a food? Kinda. Point is this: Although the bulk of gum is indigestible, there are some ingredients that are: the sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. Sugar alcohols are sugar substitutes have been shown to cause bloating and other gastrointestinal distress. Sorbitol, in particular, takes a relatively long time to digest, and any undigested sugar alcohol in your small intestine acts as the perfect environment for the fermentation of bacteria, thus, causing even more bloating and flatulence. As for artificial sweeteners found in popular gums, you're looking at ingesting additives that have been scientifically shown to trigger your sweet receptors and rev hunger—hence another reason why you're always hungry.

Eat This! Instead: If you've got a chewing habit, try sunflower seeds. Not only are they tasty, but they are also an excellent source of vitamin E, the body's primary fat-soluble antioxidant.


Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter

smooth peanut butter

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, sodium

Don't let its reduced fat content fool you: low-fat peanut butter is in no way a health food. While peanuts on their own are a good source of protein and fiber, the other ingredients used in low-fat peanut butters will have you running for the hills. When the naturally-occurring fats are stripped from peanut butter, they're often replaced with tons of sugar and excess salt to make up for what would otherwise be a bland and flavorless product.

Eat This! Instead: Skip all the waist-widening sugar and salt and enjoy some full-fat natural peanut butter instead. Spread the Love brand peanut butter is made without added salt, sugar, or oils, and has all the cholesterol-lowering MUFAs that you get from peanuts in their natural state. Peanut butter is also incredibly easy to make on your own: throw some peanuts and a little bit of oil or honey, as per your taste, into a blender and puree until smooth. For our best bets, check out We Tested 10 of the Peanut Butters, and This Is The Best!


Veggie Burgers

Veggie burger

Unhealthy Ingredients: Artificial flavors, disodium inosinate, and caramel color

When you grab a veggie burger, you should look for a solid substitution for the minimally-processed, beef-based patty. Unfortunately, countless vegetarian options are not the clean dream you think. MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger is full of questionable ingredients like artificial flavors, disodium inosinate (which acts similarly to MSG in that it improves flavor and revs your appetite, so you eat more of this frankenpatty), and carcinogen-tainted caramel color.

Eat This! Instead: You're far better off with a veggie burger like Amy's Sonoma Burger, which is made entirely of organic vegetables, quinoa, and walnuts. You'll find some more of our favorites in the 32 Best and Worst Veggie Burgers.


Instant Oatmeal Cups

Instant microwave oatmeal

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar

Oatmeal, a food so innocent, has been corrupted. But with what, you ask? A whole lot of sugar. And it's even worse in the new way brands are packaging instant oatmeal: cups. Because the serving sizes are a bit bigger, manufacturers cram in even more of the stuff. In fact, even seemingly healthy brands like McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal can pack in 21 grams of the sweet stuff into their Apple Cinnamon Cups. That's over 40 percent of your recommended intake of added sugars for the entire day—and it's not even noon!

Eat This! Instead: Start your morning off on the right foot by opting for some unflavored oats instead. Not only will this save you some serious calories, but it also lends the possibility of adding healthy, filling ingredients, like raw almonds and fruit, to your recipe instead. Liven up your morning meal by adding the 50 Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes for Weight Loss to your repertoire.


Bottled Lemonade

Glasses of lemonade

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and yellow #5

Beyoncé's Lemonade? Great. Pretty much every other kind of lemonade? Mostly garbage. On top of the boatload of sugar that's in most lemonade recipes, brands like Minute Maid give their bottled and canned lemonade drinks a vibrant hue by using yellow #5, which has been linked to hyperactivity and impaired renal function in animal test subjects.

Eat This! Instead: Opt for some infused water instead and you'll save yourself a huge number of calories, a ton of sugar, and keep those kidneys working—we hear they're pretty important, after all.



Rainbow sprinkles

Rainbow sprinkles

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial colors, carnauba wax

You know those scented candles that smell so delicious you almost want to take a bite? That's pretty much what you're consuming when you add some sprinkles to your ice cream. These sugary little ice cream accessories are little more than sugar, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, and actual wax, just like your favorite candle.

Eat This! Instead: Give your favorite frozen treat a little bit more texture and flavor by adding some slivered almonds or cacao nibs; not only will they make your ice cream more pleasing to your palate, they'll also add some healthy fiber and antioxidants to your snack.


Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino cherries

Maraschino cherries in jar

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sulfur dioxide, calcium chloride, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, high fructose corn syrup, red #40

Mix up some preservatives, corn syrup, and dyes and you've got… a sundae topping? Maraschino cherries, known for their vibrant hue and perplexing flavor, are an engineered food that have no place in a healthy diet. When you consider that they can last up to three years in their high fructose corn syrup bath before they even get near their expiration date, you'll definitely want to put them back on the shelf.

Eat This! Instead: Instead of pulling a syrupy, radioactive-looking cherry out of a jar, try getting it the old-fashioned way: from nature. Cherries are plenty sweet on their own, and even without the benefit of potentially-toxic dyes, they've already got a very pretty color to them. Cherries are also a good source of resveratrol, which can help fight excess belly fat and may even help fend off dementia.


Fruit Yogurt

Flavored yogurt

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, carrageenan

All those smiling models in yogurt commercials obviously haven't checked out the ingredients list on their purportedly healthy snack. Most fruit-flavored yogurts on the market contain precious little actual fruit, sweetening their recipes with sugar instead. And those brilliant hues you thought were the result of fresh fruit in the recipe? They're usually just from fruit juice concentrate. Another additive you have to watch is carrageenan: a plant-based emulsifier which studies have found to cause inflammation in those with gastrointestinal issues.

Eat This! Instead: Yogurt doesn't have to be completely off the menu just because you're trying to eat healthier. Plain, unsweetened yogurt is full of live cultures that can benefit your gut bacteria, boosting your immune system and potentially lowering your risk of everything from diabetes to depression. If you're worried about the belly bloat that dairy can cause, coconut milk yogurt with live cultures tastes like the real stuff and has all the same benefits for your belly bacteria.


Bottled Coffee

Bottled iced coffee drink

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar

When reaching for a bottled coffee beverage, you're probably more concerned with how under-caffeinated you're feeling and less about what could be lurking under that label. Unfortunately, some of these sickly-sweet drinks are loaded with more added sugars than you should consume in an entire day, as recommended by the FDA. For example, one 14-ounce bottle of Gold Peak Almond Toffee Coffee Drink contains a staggering 270 calories and 53 grams of sugar. (Another shocker? The whole bottle only dishes out 77 milligrams of caffeine, which is significantly less than the 166 milligrams you'd get for an equal serving size of black coffee.) Other popular drinks, such as Starbucks Coffee-flavored Frappuccino, are nearly as bad, doling out 32 grams of sugar per 9.5-fluid-ounce bottle.

Drink This! Instead: Keep the convenience and toss out all the added sugar by opting for cold brew instead. This refreshing pick-me-up skips those high-calorie ingredients and gets you more of what you really want: sweet, sweet caffeine. Fortunately, ready-to-drink cold brew is becoming more widely available, with companies like Chameleon, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, and High Brew offering their flavorful, antioxidant-rich coffees in convenient to-go bottles and cans. Not in the mood for a black coffee? The 20 Easy Ways to Stay Slim at Any Coffee Shop can help you order smart.


Water Enhancers

Liquid water enhancer

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sucralose, acesulfame potassium, propylene glycol, yellow 5, yellow 6

Looking to add a little zing to your drink? Don't reach for these manufactured enhancers. Brands like Mio are made up almost entirely of artificial ingredients. The third ingredient in many of these little bottles (behind water and citric acid) is propylene glycol: a preservative, thickening agent, and stabilizer that is also used as antifreeze to de-ice airplanes, as a plasticizer to make polyester resins, and found in electronic cigarettes. Almost more alarmingly is Mio's use of artificial, non-nutritive sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium, which a recent study published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics linked to weight gain and metabolic disorders.

Drink This Instead: Throw a couple of fruit slices into your water for that extra zing you're looking for.


Frozen Fish & Fish Products

Fish sticks dipping sauce

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP)

Something fishy is going down in the frozen-food aisle. To help lower-quality fish retain moisture and to lessen the amount of water expelled during thawing, manufacturers soak fish in a bath of sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP)—as they do in Mrs. Paul's Beer Battered Fillets. STPP is a suspected neurotoxin and registered pesticide that the FDA considers "generally recognized as safe" to eat. It might be GRAS, but manufacturers don't need to use this potentially dangerous additive. According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), "polyphosphates are not an essential ingredient of [frozen fish products]."

Other negative side effects of adding STPP to fish include significantly increasing the levels of sodium in your food—which can counteract the countless positive heart-health benefits of consuming fish in the first place—as well as increasing your intake of dietary phosphates, which are connected to increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease or prior heart problems, according to research in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Eat This! Instead: Europe, Canada, and other countries have limits on the total level of STPP allowed in seafood (0.1 to 0.5 percent), but the US has no such regulations. Companies aren't required to label this additive, but some packaged products do. When in doubt, stay dry. Seafood labeled as "dry" have not been treated with STPP; seafood marked as "wet" has been soaked in it.


Granola Bars

granola bar

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, sorbitol, soybean oil, BHT

Granola has long been associated with healthy living, although considering all the garbage that's put in granola bars, the link isn't exactly clear. The combination of sugar, corn syrup, and sorbitol, a weight gain-inducing trifecta found in Quaker Chewy Chocolate chip granola bars should be enough to have most health-conscious consumers steering clear, but the fattening soybean oil and widely-banned potential carcinogen BHT are just the icky cherries on top of this unhealthy recipe.

Eat This! Instead: Indulge your sweet tooth without sabotaging your health by opting for a Fruit & Nut Delight Kind Bar instead. Loaded with mixed nuts, honey, rice, and flaxseed, this omega-3-rich concoction only tastes decadent.


Meal Replacement Shakes

Unhealthy Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, caramel color, carrageenan, artificial flavors

Replacing your meal with a pre-packaged shake means you're replacing all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals you'd normally eat with a whole lot of scary ingredients instead. From blood sugar-spiking high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin to tumor-promoting artificial colors, these icky shakes are better off in the garbage than on your table.

Drink This! Instead: Instead of those chalky, medicinal shakes that are high in sugar and low in any redeeming nutritional values, check out our guide to these grab-and-go options: 10 Best Store-Bought Protein Shakes, According to Experts.


'Light' Butter Substitutes

buttering bread

Unhealthy Ingredients: Soybean oil, palm oil, mono and diglycerides,

Mama's baby may like shortening bread, but that's because the infant's knowledge of what inflammatory oils do to her body is patchy at best. Oils high in omega-6 fatty acids, like soybean oil, contribute to chronic inflammation: a state that causes medical problems that range from weight gain to depression. Palm oil is high in saturated fats that increase levels of bad cholesterol. Separately, when you pick up one of the "light" versions of these butter spreads, you're also ingesting mono and diglycerides, which Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, tells us are considered to be a class of trans fats that have escaped FDA classification as trans fat. "Avoid them anytime you're able to!" Smith advises.

Eat This! Instead: Choose healthier monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, and increase your intake foods that contain unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, like chia seeds, flax seeds, and fish.


Salad Dressing

salad dressings in jars

Unhealthy Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, soybean oil

Did you know that just 2 tablespoons of salad dressings—like Ken's Steak House Fat Free Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette—contain just as much sugar as a Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut? (P.S. That's 12 grams; the donut only has 10 grams.) Lisa Moskovitz, RD, founder of The NY Nutrition Group, says, "High fructose corn syrup has been shown to increase appetite and lead to health problems such as obesity and diabetes." While some dressings go overboard with sugar, other dressings—like Marie's Creamy Italian Garlic—load on the fat. This creamy dressing will serve up nearly 30 percent of your day's recommended intake of fat in just two tablespoons. Even worse is that's mostly from inflammatory soybean oil, that studies show can actually increase appetite.

Eat This! Instead: Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, honey, mustard. These are just some of the whole ingredients you can use to concoct in your kitchen that will be far less likely to do you harm. And whatever you do, stay away from these 20 Unhealthiest Salad Dressings on the Planet.


Fruit Cocktail

Fruit cocktail

Unhealthy Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup

Just because it's not full of alcohol doesn't mean that fruit cocktail is any healthier than an oversized margarita. In fact, with the high fructose corn syrup in these fiber-less fruits, it may be worse. Plus, the BPA used to package many kinds of fruit cocktail has been linked to endocrine issues and obesity, too, making this supposedly healthy snack a poor choice for anyone.

Eat This! Instead: Just eat fruit. It's healthier, it's not loaded with added sugar, and it hasn't been sitting in a plastic cup on your supermarket's shelf for a decade (we hope).


Protein Bars

Chocolate protein bars on table

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, caramel color, polysorbate 60

They say getting a great body is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise. Unfortunately, most protein bars are 100 percent garbage. The combination of sugar, carcinogenic colors, and polysorbate 60, an emulsifier that can create potentially-toxic compounds when combined with other ingredients, makes most protein bars less snack and more health hazard. If you think you're getting a better deal by opting for sugar-free recipes, think again; the artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free protein bars have been linked to weight gain and cardiometabolic risk, according to a recent study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. cravings for real sugar and increased waist circumference.

Eat This! Instead: Loading up on protein doesn't have to mean loading up on sugar and preservatives, too. A handful of raw almonds, a piece of cheese, or a hard-boiled egg can all help improve your post-workout recovery without weighing you down.


Flavored Rice

Brown rice and vegetables

Brown rice and vegetables on plate

Unhealthy Ingredients: Diglycerides, corn syrup solids

Uncle Ben may not be such a good guy after all. Uncle Ben's Cheddar Broccoli rice is loaded with diglycerides: a food emulsifier that still contains small amounts of trans fats. Odder yet is the inclusion of corn syrup solids, a fattening sweetener that's most commonly found in desserts, but manages to make it into this recipe just to spoil the fun.

Eat This! Instead: Instead of eating those preservative-laden pre-seasoned rice mixes, you can easily save both your money and your health by making a batch of easy-to-prepare brown rice. Brown rice is not only filling, but a good source of resistant starch, which researchers at South Dakota State University have linked to improvements in gut bacteria, potentially lowering consumers' risk of diabetes and obesity along the way. If you're not a fan of unseasoned rice, try adding some healthy toppings, like a little heart-healthy olive oil, metabolism-boosting chili pepper, or antioxidant-rich spices, like sage, basil, and oregano.


Sugar-Free Jam

jar of blueberry jam compote with fresh strawberries

Unhealthy Ingredients: Artificial sweeteners

Although it could help regulate your blood sugar, Polaner's jam shouldn't be your go-to source for fiber. It's sweetened with the artificial sweetener sucralose, which a 2016 study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found may be recalibrating the connection between sweetness and calories in your brain. Researchers discovered that mice consumed 30 percent more calories when they switched from eating sucralose-sweetened food to sugar-sweetened food. The sweetener has also been connected to decreased sleep quality and poor gut health—a recipe for weight gain.

Eat This! Instead: Your safest bet is to top your peanut butter sandwiches with fresh pieces of fruit like banana and strawberries. You'll get a similar taste with none of the artificial sweeteners. Not willing to ditch your spread? Try Polaner All Fruit Spreadable Fruit Apricot. The spread is free of added sugars. Looking to take your peanut butter and fruit sandwiches to the next level? Try using one of our go-to healthy nut butters.


Sugar-Free Chocolate

pile of chocolate chips

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sucralose, maltitol

It's completely understandable if you're trying to reel in your sweet tooth a bit—just don't use sugar-free sweets as a crutch. Instead of sugar, manufacturers (like Russell Stover) add in artificial sweeteners like Splenda and sugar alcohols like maltitol, which can have a laxative effect if eaten in excess.

Eat This! Instead: If you're looking for a treat that will make your taste buds sing—and not send you running straight for the bathroom—skip this bar and check out the best dark chocolates for weight loss instead.


Refried Beans

Refried beans

Unhealthy Ingredients: Lard, hydrogenated lard

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart! Well, until you add hydrogenated lard to them. High in saturated fat, these refried beans should stay off your grocery list. Replace them with a low-sodium, vegetarian version.

Eat This! Instead: Check out Amy's Vegetarian Organic Refried Beans, Light in Sodium for a better alternative. And while we're on the subject of canned foods, why don't you also try to steer clear of these Unhealthiest Canned Foods On The Planet.


Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets

Unhealthy Ingredients: Diglycerides, Red #40, carrageenan

Chicken nuggets all start with chicken but also contain several synthetic ingredients from diglycerides to Red #40 to carrageenan. These chemicals help make overly-processed foods like chicken nuggets possible because that's what keeps the (very few) organic materials in the nuggets from going bad (or looking weird) after days spent traveling on the road or months in the freezer. But even if you buy them at the grocery store, you might not be safe. Check out our exclusive report of The Most Popular Chicken Nuggets—Ranked!

Eat This! Instead: Organic chicken breasts cut into pieces, coated with egg and breadcrumbs, and baked in your oven. Voila! Homemade, healthy nuggets.

The Unhealthiest Packaged Foods Worth Avoiding

Junk food

Now that you just read what are generally the unhealthiest foods you should avoid, we just had to call out some of the specific, unhealthiest packaged products you can buy at your local grocery store.




Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium phosphate and canola oil

Long story short: it's not real cheese. The sauce is referred to as "liquid gold" and with a super long list of ingredients that includes canola oil—which provides inflammatory omega-6s—and sodium phosphate, it's best to avoid any variation of this stuff. And can you really trust any cheese product that can sit in your pantry for months and still be edible?

Eat This! Instead: There are plenty of actual cheeses you can turn to for any of your cheesy desires, whether it's to add to a pasta dish or just to munch on as a midday snack. We uncovered the 20 Best and Worst Cheeses in America for you.


Tostitos Salsa Con Queso

tostitos salsa con queso

Unhealthy Ingredient: Yellow #5 and #6

While there are some (very) small traces of real cheese in this dip, there are too many scary additives like canola oil, sodium phosphate, and Yellow #5 and #6 to make this game-day staple something you should keep eating.

Eat This! Instead: Why not just make your own salsa or guacamole even—as we know avocados are great for lowering cholesterol—and add melted cheese to it? A simple and much healthier swap!


Cheez Whiz

Cheez whiz

Unhealthy Ingredient: Canola oil, sodium phosphate, corn syrup, caramel color

This processed cheese has a long list of ingredients, including a lot of artificial flavors, colors, fillers, preservatives…and not much actual cheese. Plus, 2 tablespoons of this dip knocks you back 410 mg of sodium!

Eat This! Instead: Reach for a block of 100 percent real cheddar instead. You can never go wrong with the real stuff.


Nissin Cup Noodles

nissin cup noodles chicken

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium

The original Cup Noodles might bring on a case of nostalgia if it's something you used to eat when you were a kid, but it's best to keep this soup in the past. With one single serving dishing up more than 1,000 mg of sodium, just say no to this processed soup.

Eat This! Instead: While nothing beats homemade soup, if you're pressed for time, try a canned version like Pacific Organic Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup that is not only much lower in sodium, but contains simple ingredients you actually want to see in your soup, such as cooked chicken, chicken broth, peas, carrots, and spices.


Milano Cookies

Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie

Unhealthy Ingredient: Hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar

Reaching for those milk chocolate Milanos might seem like a fancy treat, but don't let the cookies fool you. Not only are there some questionable ingredients listed, but in just three cookies, you're getting over a quarter of your daily recommended intake of added sugars if you're sticking to 2,000 calories a day.

Eat This! Instead: Fat Snax cookies are not only low carb, but they also have no sugar. Plus, they're keto-friendly! Each packet comes with two cookies and with the chocolate chip and double chocolate chip flavors, you'll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a filling dessert option.


Totino's Pizza Rolls

totinos pizza rolls

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sodium nitrite, BHA, BHT

Imitation mozzarella cheese listed so high up in the ingredients list says it all! But there are tons of scary additives and preservatives in here, too, like sodium nitrite, sodium phosphate, BHA, and BHT that are all just no-gos.

Eat This! Instead: You can break out the English Muffins for mini personal pies that make for a filling snack instead. No imitation cheese here!


Toaster Strudel

pillsbury toaster chocolate strudel

Unhealthy Ingredient: High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated palm oil, soybean oil, sucralose, artificial colors

These frozen breakfast pastries do not contain any nutrients you need to kickstart the day, and they're filled with ingredients you should always stay away from, like high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated palm oil, which is listed as "adds a trivial amount of trans fat." Is that really what you want?

Eat This! Instead: If you're going to eat something sweet for breakfast you should always look for something that will fill you up with fiber and protein. And any of The 41 Worst Supermarket Breakfast Foods in America.


Hershey's Gold Bar

hersheys gold bar in packaging

Unhealthy Ingredient: Sugar

This chocolate bar made the list of our unhealthiest foods in both 2017 and 2018, thanks to the fact that it blends fatty chocolate with salty pretzels, creating a saturated-fat-and-sugar knockout. With 20 grams of sugar, you better leave this bar in the candy aisle.

Eat This! Instead: Dark chocolate is always preferred over milk chocolate, especially it's less processed and has antioxidants. You still have to keep portion control in mind, but munching on a Theo Organic Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate Bar is a much better option than the Hershey's Gold Bar.


Mott's Applesauce


Unhealthy Ingredient: High fructose corn syrup

You would think something as simple as applesauce would just contain apples, as the fruit itself is already filled with natural sugars (one medium apple has 19 grams). But a small cup of Mott's applesauce with cinnamon comes in at 24 grams of sugar and features high fructose corn syrup listed as the second ingredient. No thanks!

Eat This! Instead: Musselman's Natural Unsweetened Applesauce comes in at only 50 calories and has no added sugars.


Nilla Wafers

nilla wafers

Unhealthy Ingredients: Soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil

They may be a staple of banana pudding, but Nilla Wafers are harboring inflammatory soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup.

Eat This! Instead: Check out any of our Eat This-approved cookies via our ranking: 35 Most Popular Cookies in America—Ranked!.


Hot Pockets

Hot Pockets

Unhealthy Ingredients: Carrageenan, soybean oil, mono and diglycerides

Hot Pockets' ability to be both the temperature of molten lava while simultaneously frozen defies everything we know about science, and yet, people are still eating them. If their perplexing temperature issues weren't enough to turn you off, consider that the Ham and Cheese Hot Pocket contains the following ingredients: soybean oil, carrageenan, mono- and diglycerides. Not enough to keep you away? Consider the fact that these also contain what's appetizingly described as "fully cooked ham and water product," and, for whatever perplexing reason, includes cheese ingredients described as "ingredients not in regular cheddar cheese."

Eat This! Instead: Get some unsweetened whole-grain bread, a few slices of preservative-free meat, and pop it on a panini press! Your un-scorched mouth will thank you. For the sake of your health, stick to the 31 Best Frozen Foods in America when a Hot Pocket craving hits.


Slim Jim

Unhealthy Ingredients: Corn syrup, caramel color

High protein dieters who turn to beef jerky as a snack may be in for a not-so-pleasant surprise: their favorite bagged meat chunks are loaded with corn syrup, too. To make hunks of dried beef more palatable, many brands (like Slim Jim) add a pretty shocking amount of corn syrup, and some caramel color to make the stuff look less like the inside of a dead cow.

Eat This! Instead: Healthy high-protein snacks aren't hard to find if you know where to look. A spoonful of natural peanut butter on some Mary's Gone Crackers, which are vegan, organic, gluten-free, and made with whole grains, can keep you full without all the extras you don't want.



pop tarts

Unhealthy Ingredients: Sugar, soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, TBHQ

When you have just a few minutes to wake up, get dressed, and head out the door, it's no wonder that so many people turn to convenience foods to settle their growling stomachs in the morning. Unfortunately, for those who opt for Pop-Tarts, any time they're saving is coming at a high cost to their health. Loaded with fattening ingredients like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and soybean oil, Pop-Tarts aren't a recipe for poor health. Even scarier are potentially carcinogenic caramel color and TBHQ, a preservative that has been linked to liver health issues and vision problems by the National Library of Medicine.

Eat This! Instead: If you want a convenient breakfast treat that's got fewer of the chemicals you'd find in a traditional Pop-Tart, Annie's Organic Toaster Pastries fit the bill. While they're still not exactly health food, they use whole wheat and rice flours, natural colors, and a little bit of actual fruit in their recipes. Start every day on the right foot with the 56 Smoothies for Weight Loss!


Chef Boyardee Spaghetti & Meatballs

Unhealthy Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, soybean oil

Who knew that eating just a cup of spaghetti and meatballs would fill you up with 8 grams of sugar? That's exactly what will happen if you eat Chef Boyardee's Jumbo Spaghetti & Meatballs, which has high fructose corn syrup in their sauce. Another issue with the food? A a significant amount of protein in those meatballs comes from soy protein concentrate. Unlike a protein isolate, protein concentrate contains more of the nutrients found in soy, which could mean it's more likely to contain traces of the carcinogen-containing pesticides used in genetically-modified soy production. To make matters worse, the meatballs are dyed with caramel color and most of their 13 grams of fat comes from soybean oil.

Eat This! Instead: When the craving for pasta strikes, try some of these 40 Ultimate Pasta Tips to Stay Skinny. Sure, making noodles from scratch may take some additional time, but at least you'll have leftovers for days.




Unhealthy Ingredient: Monosodium glutamate

Everyone knows that when you buy Doritos, you're bound to finish the entire bag—and it's no surprise. The recipe for the popular chip was specially designed so that no single flavor overpowers another. When foods lack a dominant flavor, people are less apt to feel full and, in turn, consume more, say researchers. What's more, one of the first ingredients on the food's label is monosodium glutamate (MSG), an additive that's been known to increase appetite, and make foods taste more appetizing, according to a study in Physiology and Behavior. And if you thought that Dorito breath was just a coincidental side effect of munching on the snack, think again. The powerful savory taste lingering in your mouth is an example of a tactic called "long hang-time flavor" that's used to lure snackers into going back for more. With all of these factors working against you, it's really no wonder you're defenseless when Doritos come around.

Eat This! Instead: Beanitos Nacho Nation White Bean Chips. A serving of these bean-based chips has 4 grams of belly-filling fiber, so you'll definitely be able to put the bag down once you've eaten your fill. Plus, they're free of MSG, which should let your natural willpower kick in.



Unhealthy Ingredients: Monosodium glutamate, Yellow #6

It's not your imagination: This orange, puffy snack melts the second it hits your tongue —a phenomenon food scientists like Steven Witherly have dubbed "vanishing caloric density." And it's definitely not an accidental quality of your chips, either. Food developers know that when foods melt quickly, it tricks the brain into thinking you're not eating as many calories. In turn, snackers wind up eating a much larger serving. The sound Cheetos make when you bite into them was also specially developed to get you hooked. The crunchy sound makes them taste more appetizing, likely because we associate the sound with freshness, according to a study in the Journal of Sensory Studies. What's more, Cheetos are doused with MSG, which has been shown to increase appetite and make foods taste even more delicious.

Eat This! Instead: Blue Diamond Natural Almond Nut-Thins in Cheddar Cheese. These rice and almond-based crackers offer a Cheeto-esque taste with three grams of hunger-busting protein per serving. Most importantly, they're free of those tricky vanishing calories that cause us to overeat.




Unhealthy Ingredients: Palm oil, alkali processed cocoa, high fructose corn syrup

Oreos don't come with a warning, but maybe they should! Not only are they filled with palm oil, a fat that promotes fat-causing inflammation, but Oreos, while known for their "cream" filling, don't actually have any real cream in them. There aren't any dairy products used in Oreo cookies, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for those who eat a dairy-free diet, but it's important to note the ingredients that are present are anything but good for you. No wonder why they're one of our worst supermarket cookies in America!

Eat This! Instead: Nothin' But Chocolate Coconut Almond Granola Cookies. These chewy bites don't quite look or taste like Oreos, but they sure are a lot healthier—and far less addicting. Made from a delicious combination of almonds, oats, chocolate, coconut, cane sugar, spices and espresso powder instead of a mound of processed ingredients, this treat is kinder to your waistline than the traditional twist-and-lick combo.


Chips Ahoy! Cookies

chips ahoy cookies

Unhealthy Ingredients: Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavor, caramel color

Nabisco still uses artery-clogging, brain-draining fats in their Chips Ahoy! Chocolate chip cookies. And on top of that, if the 11 grams of sugar per serving wasn't enough to deter you, they're made with high fructose corn syrup, which can increase body weight, body fat, and triglyceride levels, according to a Princeton University study.

Eat This! Instead: So you can indulge in your cravings without the guilt, we rounded up the 18 Best and Worst Chocolate Chip Cookies.


Sugar-Free Jell-O

Red Jello

Unhealthy Ingredients: Artificial flavor, aspartame, acesulfame potassium

Pro tip: if your food shakes more than Shakira, odds are, it's not the all-natural treat you're hoping for. While Jell-O's ubiquity as hospital food is enough to turn most people's stomachs, its ingredients list makes it an even worse offender. Artificial sweeteners and flavors team up in this wiggly dessert to form an unholy duo that's bad for both your health and weight loss efforts.

Eat This! Instead: With a little gelatin, some fruit, and a hint of honey, you can whip up your own batch of gelatin dessert that's all-natural, preservative-free, and pretty tasty, too. If it's just the fruit flavor you're craving, smoothie pops can similarly satisfy your sweet tooth while adding tons of fiber and antioxidants to your snack.


Matador Original Beef Jerky

Matador Original Beef Jerky

Unhealthy Ingredients: MSG, sodium nitrate

This jerky has upwards of 700 milligrams of blood-pressure-raising sodium, which is more than four times what you'd find in the same serving of chips. It not only uses MSG and not much else to flavor it besides smoke flavoring and sugar, but it contains purified nitrites. Under conditions of high heat or stomach acid, sodium nitrite reacts with amines to form cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines. Luckily though, this reaction can be hindered by the addition of citric acid, which Matador includes in its recipe. Still, it's best to say no to this jerk.

Eat This! Instead: Brooklyn Biltong keeps its ingredients list simple, has no artificial preservatives and is naturally sugar-free. This beef is not only more tender than the other jerky option, but overall much more healthy for you.


Cool Whip

Cool whip

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Unhealthy Ingredients: Hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup,

Ever wondered why Cool Whip doesn't bill itself as whipped cream? It turns out, this creamy topping is many things, and cream is only actually one of them. While it does contain a little bit of skim milk and light cream, this dessert topping is mainly water, vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup.

Eat This! Instead: The topping on your treats doesn't have to be toxic. While old-fashioned whipped cream isn't exactly waist-friendly, you can make your very own version that's just as tasty by whipping some coconut milk instead. It has the same creaminess you'd get from traditional whipped cream, but with no added fat or sugar, and a much more digestible recipe.




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Unhealthy Ingredient: Sucralose

It might have zero calories, but that doesn't mean it has zero effects on your health. A recent Canadian Medical Association Journal review of 37 studies analyzed the dietary habits of nearly 406,000 people. The researchers discovered that non-nutritive, artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, don't actually support weight management and may be associated with weight gain and cardiometabolic risk if consumed regularly.

Eat This! Instead: Before sugar was widely available, people's go-to sweetener was honey, and it still stacks up. Although honey is high in fructose, it also contains a lot of cancer-busting antioxidants. Additionally, local honey has been said to help alleviate allergy symptoms.

The health benefits of the red-hot spice range from reducing blood pressure to clearing up sinus inflammation. But the hottest research revolves around weight loss. Fiery capsaicin, the compound that gives chiles their signature kick, has been shown to increase body heat, boost metabolic rate and decrease appetite. In fact, scientists are currently looking at turning capsaicin into an all-natural anti-obesity supplement for its ability to activate our "good," calorie-burning brown fat stores. Scientists say capsaicin's weight loss benefits occur at a molecular level by altering key proteins found in fat.

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