Eleven Worst Foods Americans Eat Daily

There are no bad foods, right? Only food you should eat in moderation? Well, not really. The following foods are so bad for your body that there is not really any reason to eat them. Not only do they have zero nutritional value, but they also give your body a healthy dose of toxins, which should make the idea of eating them really hard to swallow.

1. Doughnuts

  • full of free radicals and trans fat (store-bought doughnuts contain 35-40% trans fat)
  • high in sugar, nutrient-free and calorie-dense (an average doughnut contains about 200-300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients)
  • full of white flour (in most varieties)


2. Soda

  • High in sugar. In fact, sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar and the top source of energy intake in the U.S[1].
  • High in caffeine (30-55 mg of caffeine per one can of soda)
  • Loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites
  • Filled with harmful artificial sweeteners and sulphites
  • No nutritional value
  • Studies have linked soda to bone weakening, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease
  • There is a thought that consumption of diet soda stimulates people to crave sugary foods, supporting a recent study that found that people who were more likely to drink diet soda were obese
  • Diet soda should never replace water or milk as a source of rehydration.

3. French fries (and all commercially fried foods)

  • High in trans fat (potatoes cooked at high temperatures in vegetable oils)
  • High in free radicals harmful to the body
  • High in acrylamide (up to 82 mcg per serving), a potent toxic chemical formed as a result of unknown chemical reactions during high-temperature starchy foodsfrying or baking of starchy foods
  • Consuming foods that are fried in vegetable oils contributes to aging, clotting, inflammation, and weight gain
  • Foods that are fried in vegetable oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils are particularly problematic
  • Polyunsaturated fats easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body

4. Chips (corn chips, potato, tortilla, and other chips)

  • High in sodium and trans fat (present in most commercial chips)
  • High carcinogenic acrylamide (up to 25 mcg per serving).

5. Hot dogs (and processed meats)

  • High in calories, fat, and sodium
  • Processed meats such as sausages, bologna, jerky, bacon, hot dogs, use nitrates to preserve color and maintain microbial safety
  • Nitrate can convert to nitrite, which can form nitrosamines, a powerful toxic chemical, in your body.

6. Fried non-fish seafood

  • Fried shrimp, clams, oysters, lobsters are high in trans fat and carcinogenic acrylamide
  • Loaded with toxic mercury
  • Can be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses

7. Margarine (hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils)

  • Trans fats are man-made fats that occur in foods when manufacturers use hydrogenation, a process in which hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to turn it into a more solid fat (read more on negative effects of trans fats)
  • Hydrogenation changes the liquid vegetable oils to a solid
  • Hydrogenation process requires the use of such toxic catalyst-metals such as nickel, palladium, platinum or cobalt
  • while it is true that margarine contains no cholesterol, the process of hydrogenation changes not only the physical form of the oils, but alters the way they are metabolized by the body
  • most of the beneficial oils have been changed to a trans fatty acids.
  • related with increases LDL cholesterol level
  • increases Lp(a) lipoprotein, a type of LDL cholesterol found in varying levels in the blood
  • raise triglyceride levels
  • increased risk of coronary heart disease

8. Sugar and artificial sweeteners

  • Refined sugar and mixtures containing refined sugar, including sucrose, dextrose, corn syrup, brown sugar, turbinado. Avoid artificial sweeteners.

9. Salt

  • Salt creates untold physical problems and suffering. Yes, the body needs salt (sodium), but it must be in an organic form in order to be useful to the body. Table salt, sodium chloride, is an inorganic sodium compound that combines with chloride. It is extremely toxic to the body and causes the body to retain fluid. High intake of this substance thickens and stiffens arteries and increases the risks of strokes, and cardiac failure. Salt accelerates the rate of renal functional deterioration. Sodium chloride draws calcium from your bones, which is excreted in your urine. This leads to early and painful osteoporosis, or the thinning and fracturing of your bones.

10. Crackers, Toaster pastries, sugared cereals

  • All these foods contain trans fats.

11. Foods High in Saturated Fat

  • Saturated Animal Fats That means fatty meats, especially beef and pork, or the skin on poultry. It also includes full-fat dairy products such as cheese, milk and cream. Fatty meat and dairy products do have some contributions to make to a diet, but none that can't be found elsewhere.

12. Artificial sweeteners

  • Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin increase the risk of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease [2]. Recently scientists discovered that, after exposure to artificial sweeteners, the gut bacteria may trigger harmful metabolic changes[3].

13. Packaged snacks

  • Most pre-packaged snacks contain excessive sugar and dangerously high amounts of sodium [2].

14. Instant noodles

  • Significant consumption of instant noodles may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, especially in women [4]. Consuming instant noodles may lead to excessive intake of energy, fats, and sodium.

15. Farmed salmon

  • Farm-raised salmon contain significantly higher levels toxic chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxins, and chlorinated pesticides than wild salmon [5].
  • There are also health concerns over feeding the fish chemicals (canthaxanthin) which colour the flesh pink.
  • Farmed salmon are fed, corn meal, soy, genetically modified canola oil and other fish, which negatively affect fish composition.
  • Omega-3 levels in farmed salmon significantly lower than in wild fish.

Sources & References

  • 1. Hu FB. Resolved: there is sufficient scientific evidence that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases. Obes Rev. 2013 Aug;14(8):606-19. PubMed
  • 2. Swithers SE. Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements. Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Sep;24(9):431-41. PubMed
  • 3. Suez J, Korem T, Zeevi D, et al. Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature. 2014 Oct 9;514(7521):181-6. PubMed
  • 4. Shin HJ, Cho E, Lee HJ, et al. Instant noodle intake and dietary patterns are associated with distinct cardiometabolic risk factors in Korea. J Nutr. 2014 Aug;144(8):1247-55. PubMed
  • 5. Hamilton MC, Hites RA, Schwager SJ, Foran JA, Knuth BA, Carpenter DO. Lipid composition and contaminants in farmed and wild salmon. Environ Sci Technol. 2005 Nov 15;39(22):8622-9. PubMed

Created: September, 2006
Last updated: February 24, 2016



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