24 Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs


By removing the following meals and snacks from your kitchen cupboards, you will maximize your chances of staying fit and healthy for as long as possible:

#1 Coleslaw

Looks can be deceiving when it comes to coleslaw. While it is often served right next to a healthy, green salad, coleslaw itself is anything but good for your body.

Although it provides you with carrot and cabbage, it contains a disproportionate amount of calories per serving, and it is full of fatty mayonnaise.

The average portion of coleslaw will provide you with at least 260 calories, and more than 20g of fat. Some popular brands of coleslaw are even worse.

For example, KFC’s coleslaw contains close to 26g of saturated fat, making it worse than a portion of fries.

If you like coleslaw, why not try making it yourself? Using fat free yogurt or a reduced fat mayonnaise, you can easily create a healthier version that tastes great with your salad.

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Make sure that you add cabbage, but try spicing up the flavor with lemon juice or vinegar.

Better yet, try to get used to eating a side salad without pairing it with another side dish. With a light dressing and a creative mix of herbs, salad portions can be extremely tasty, and you may soon find that you don’t even miss the fatty coleslaw that you once enjoyed.


  1. Health

    May 17, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    One food that is not listed in this list and far worse than any of these to your health is meat ( fish, eggs and poultry included).. Root cause of most modern diseases.

  2. BeeKaaay

    May 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    There is only one way to lose weight.


    You either must cut back on food (starve yourself), eat bad tasting food, or do painful exercise. No other choice.

    Anyone who says you can lose weight without suffering is lying to you.

    • Healthy but suffering

      December 22, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      What a refreshingly honest answer!
      After losing over 100 lbs and keeping it off (the REAL issue) for over 10 years. The answer is to eat very little, make what little you eat as healthy and nutrient-packed as possible, and exercise at least 6 days/week without fail. I feel better, have more energy, wear the clothes I want, look better (once I cut off the hanging skin…something they don’t tell you either) but I still suffer daily with cravings (they DON’T go away) and struggles with compliance. There is NO easy fix or answer.

  3. Sick of the posters

    May 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I yi yi!
    Why do I even look? It’s like a car

  4. Carol Lucier

    May 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, this ‘article’ is proof of why. When it has any blatant inaccuracies or actually gives bad advice, you find the whole article suspect. The author didn’t bother checking their facts. “The average portion of coleslaw will provide you with at least 260 calories, and more than 20g of fat. Some popular brands of coleslaw are even worse.For example, KFC’s coleslaw contains close to 26g of saturated fat, making it worse than a portion of fries.”

    Every source I checked online (CalorieCount, MyFitnessPal, SparkPeople, LiveStrong, KFC’s own website, etc) lists KFC’s kcal and fat per serving as follows: Calories 170. Calories from Fat 90. Total Fat 10g. Saturated Fat 1.5g. KFC uses buttermilk in their recipe, which significantly reduces the amount of fat, since less mayo is needed. I actually use a copycat recipe, and I use reduced fat mayo and low-fat buttermilk, which halves the amount of fat per serving.

    And making your own sandwich using a little margarine and a light dressing in place of the heavy mayo? How is THAT better. Margarine is full of trans-fats, WHY would you EVER recommend margarine! Instead, use a reduced or low-fat mayo or dressing. Or use a tub spread that is trans fat free, you can find ones that are reduced in fat and ones made using olive oil.

  5. miserableoldfart

    May 23, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I sincerely doubt that the saturated fat in coleslaw, consumed as it is with lots of fiber/roughage is as bad as the previously superheated fat oozing out of fries. Ingested fat has been shown to be less of a problem than once thought, anyway, as most of it is passed thru the body. The huge amount of fructose that people consume is responsible for more blood fats than anything else, at least in most people.

  6. Karen Hannegan

    May 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Cole slaw dressed with oil/vinegar/honey and caraway seeds is delicious. and healthy

  7. julie

    May 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    this is not true as I eat all of the foods that are listed when ever I want and I am not fat or unhealthy I exercise a lot and that is the key to being healthy

  8. sonnybill

    May 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    The author believes that calories should be lowered from all sources? Even for underweight people? How about athletes who need excess calories for energy? Broad statements such as this can be misleading, even harmful.

  9. Greg Griffin

    May 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    I just read an article that talked about good fats.I then saw a thumbnail which led me here where they are bashing fats. I’m glad I already know this stuff because this is a great way to confuse those not in the know. Coleslaw can be healthy if you use the right mayonnaise. I make my own at home using eggs from the backyard chickens that feed on the grass, bugs and some soy-free grain and avocado oil. At farmer’s markets people sell mayonnaise just like mine. You can also buy decent stuff in the store.

  10. Cougar Hunter

    May 30, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Stevia powder is a zero calorie sweetener but it comes from the stevia plant and is safe, unlike those artificial sweeteners. Why isn’t it used in foods? The artificial sweetener industry got to the FDA and had them make it illegal to use stevia in products. Because who would use something that gives you cancer when you can use something that does the exact same thing, but won’t kill you? In other words, the FDA thinks its job is to protect profits, not people. But you can buy it in its pure form.

  11. need antibiotics quick

    May 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    what you mean is, avoid “KFC Cole Slaw.” No prob.

  12. Brandy McNamee

    May 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I have been known on occasion to dive knuckle deep into a tub of frosting.
    #noregrets 😉

  13. Karen Rivers

    May 31, 2014 at 5:12 am

    you should not say ALL coleslaw is bad for you. as with everything one or two ingredients that are over used that make the dish unhealthy.

  14. Norene

    May 31, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Balance, people, Balance!!!

  15. Michael Carrato

    June 1, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Margarine? Seriously, MARGARINE??? It is loaded with trans fats, one of the worst things a person can consume, and you are recommending it? How can any of your recommendations be taken seriously when you recommend a trans fat?

  16. Blue Echo Witch

    June 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    If you eat natural fresh and frozen foods and stay away from foods that come in a package or go through a processing plant before they hit the shelf your body will be stronger and you won’t need allopathic medicine or dentists. My daughter is walking proof of that. She was born with ADD and the specialist taught me how to raise her on real food not chemically laced garbage food. She ate a strict diet of fresh and frozen foods only. No chemicals, dyes, preservative, or colors. Her first dentist appointment was at the age of 16. The dentist was shocked that she had strong perfect teeth and no cavities. She rarely went to the doctor. School shots, scrapes were the only reason

  17. Unknown

    June 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    “Fatty mayonnaise?” That isn’t a problem, calories and carbohydrates are what make people gain weight!

  18. Mr.Clan

    June 13, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I am sitting here LMAO at this discussion:
    Obesity rates still haven’t caught up to the ever increasing human lifespan IE Fat people live longer (unless they are stranded on a desert island with their skinny friends) and Unless you are in the top 10% of wage earners You DO NOT pay ( U. S federal income)taxes. The top 1% pays 85% of federal taxes. You’ll

    flap them gums some more I haven’t laughed this much all week……

  19. dufus

    July 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Most of the stuff here I don’t eat, BUT I will NOT give up coleslaw, ketchup, or hotdogs. I believe once in awhile it’s fine. These foods are bad if you eat too much and that is true even for healthy foods.

  20. jnik

    July 18, 2014 at 12:18 am

    So I get more years as an old man if I avoid eating things I like? I’d rather have fewer years enjoying the life I have!

  21. Phaedrus

    August 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I don’t see this blanket condemnation of sweeteners. It appears that sugar is bad, ok. I keep reading that tests show that aspartame is harmless. Most of the evidence against artificial sweeteners appears to be shaky. I use stevia and stevia-sweetened sodas (when I drink soda). I have seen no evidence that stevia causes any problems at all. Technically it’s actually not an “artificial” sweetener.

  22. Phaedrus

    August 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Another blanket condemnation. There are margarine products that have no trans fats.

  23. Rahman Mehraby

    September 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Most of them are human manipulated foodstuff.

  24. EdWhoKnowsBest.

    November 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Why doesn’t the author also exclude water. (I bet he would frown also upon some bottled water, seriously.) There is really nothing left to eat – nor drink. It is a good thing that I had come back to Islam where there are long periods of time when consuming anything is incongruent to true worship.

  25. 26cx

    December 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Looks like the only thing left to eat is corrugated cardboard.

  26. RD

    February 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Yes it is true that mayo and excessive cheese is not “healthy”. However, most people need more than 200-300 calories for lunch. Otherwise, you will be starving for dinner. I get what this article is trying to say, but there are definitely flaws. For accurate nutrition information, it is best to ask a dietitian who has been trained to do so.

  27. Jody Land

    February 21, 2015 at 7:44 am

    …and sure to choose non-GMO kernels.
    Popcorn does not cross pollinate so,it would not be GMO.

  28. Helen Jackman

    March 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Omg I should be dead and I am in good health at age 81. Had our own Guernsey cow until I left home(18 yrs old)wonderful cream, butter, whole milk. I still get my milk in bottles and boy does it have real cream I have to stir. I put real butter(margarine gag)on almost everything. I eat egg salad and potato salad with plenty of that poison mayonnaise. My kids are in their late fifties and one is 60 they should all be dead but are in super health.

  29. shawncorrigan

    March 23, 2015 at 2:55 am

    this is full of wrong info, first soy is bad ,but not for the reasons these liars say. salt is good ,but processed salt is bad. thats obvious. sea salt ,himalayan or other naturals are very good. the whole salt thing is a fraud. there is absolutely NO proof that salt hurts one damn thing except processing it.
    ,next soy is bad,the soy and grain industry has spent millions trying fool us into believing soybean oils and other soy products are health foods ,its semi-poison, soy must be grown to rotate with corn.both corn and soy are pumped into everything!!
    the natural fats are good , which are saturated(another fraud),except olive which is a mono so dont heat it much.use it for salad. industrial seed oils are killers,corn ,soy rape(canola)and cottonseed oils especially when pressed with hydrogen. dont eat them. the biggest lie…carbs and sugar. this is the biggest issue of the century,the food pyramid is teaching people to be addicted to sugar killing hundreds of millions slowly.(the big news …FAT PEOPLE CANT HELP IT) and of course many people are afraid of fat.many are shy of protein and especially animal(another fraud)but proteins can be overdone fat cannot. if its good fat. it has no insulin response. their is much more to the sugar story but i dont have time. good luck and good health !

  30. Lila

    April 5, 2015 at 7:46 am

    What should we eat then ? No milk , No bread ?

  31. Holly Allison

    June 3, 2015 at 4:33 am

    I think the only way to stay safe and definitely thin is to give up eating and drinking completely because they who decide what you should worry about cannot make up their minds what’s “good” or “bad”. Whatever is en vogue this year will be touted as a death sentence next year. For example, killer: eggs, butter, margarine, grains, multi-grains, wine, beer, sugar, artificial sweeteners to name a few contradictions. In the 60’s it was believed that cigarettes were a dietary staple, diet pills were safe as milk, booze did not cause disease as alcoholism was about will power, there was no such thing as air or water pollution, drinking gallons of whole milk was critical to good health and you must brush your teeth sideways and and press hard against your gums for the best benefit. And drink your fluoride. Currently , some believe that there is no such thing as global warming, animal, child or elder abuse . Honestly, no matter what or how you consume – first it was advised that we eat 3 squares, then they changed it to 6 smalls, now they believe that 3 squares are safer than 6 smalls– everything you consume is antibiotic laden, gmo created, chem trail poisoned and processed with chemicals in factories. Our air is deadly polluted, our water is oil slickened and mercury poisoned, the sky is falling and we’re dying from skin cancers. So, I say, eat what you want, drink what you want and enjoy yourself because no matter how you live and eat you’re a goner – it could be today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, next decade, or perhaps next century, but I promise you this – it’s gonna happen. Death doesn’t frighten me- regrets about not living in the moment frightens me much more. So, I’m off to open up that tuna sandwich bought at CVS, the one made on multi-grain bread w/ a slice of cheese on top, grab that small tub of Stop&Shop coleslaw, pour a tall Coke Zero, pop that pink frosted frozen cupcake into the nuker for 5 seconds and hope for the best. I don’t eat like that every day, I’m being hyperbolic. my point is this: Worrying about illness and early death ain’t gonna extend our lives one bloody second. The terrorists will get us before your cupcake will.

  32. JesseJames

    June 8, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Popcorn and Hotdogs…I guess I will just have to die..lol

  33. Shootist

    June 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Too many nannies in the nuthouse.

  34. Mary

    June 11, 2015 at 2:50 am

    so basically everything…

  35. Frances Barker

    June 15, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I happen to use honey to sweeten so many things and it tastes so much better than sugar does that in itself is a reason not to use sugar and To Use Honey !! It is better for you at least the Raw Honey In The Raw Isn’t Bad For Anyone I Use It Daily And I am On a Great Pound Loss Because I Have Stopped Using Sugar In Things To Sweeten Them !!!!

  36. zombiespacedog

    November 11, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Coleslaw is low in carbs!!! I’ve lost nearly 50 lbs just cutting carbs and not really worrying about calories and fat too much. Coleslaw has been a great side dish.

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