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. Amanda

    February 12, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    There are a boatload of tomato sauces without sugar in them. If you read labels, you’re golden.

  2. SolDeus

    February 13, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    “Indeed, the average sandwich will contain over 400 calories, and many
    people think that a lunch should contain closer to 200 or 300 calories.”

    A person should be consuming at least 2k calories daily for maintenance with some variance due to height and gender. If you are assuming 3 meals, that is over 600 per meal. Unless you are already assuming an additional high calorie snack / desert (and why would you if this is about losing weight), then there is no logic in reducing a lunch portion to 200 calories.

  3. SolDeus

    February 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    “Although artificial sweeteners contain no calories, many of them (such
    as aspartame) seem to impair your body’s ability to detect whether your
    stomach is full, triggering overeating and stronger cravings that can thwart your attempts to lose weight.”

    Yet another “don’t do this because you will not be smart enough to manage properly”. We have another person who is trying to lose weight, drinking or eating something with an artificial sweetener and then decides to just gorge on food because he/she doesn’t feel full enough. First, drink water over most of these things anyway, but if you depend cravings for portion size and you are already obese from being unable to manage calorie intake, then there is likely more involved than just some artificial sweetener induced cravings.

  4. Snead Hearn

    February 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    It’s easy to read the ingredients on a tomato sauce can. Some brands contain no sugars. But there’s the plastic can lining to worry about…

    • Deborah Hale

      March 30, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Or, if you’re so picky about your tomato sauce, it’s easy enough to grow your own organic tomatoes and make your own sauce from them.

  5. Gary

    February 16, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Try Alvarado Street Bakery (Petaluma/Rhonert Park) available at Nob Hill, Safeway, Savemart, etc. Great bread w/sprouted wheat or no salt options.

  6. hbogart44 .

    February 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I think we can all agree prepared foods period are not healthy to consume. Minimizing fat intake, passing up sugar in any form, limits starch intake, limit alcohol. Fresh veggies, fruits, chicken and fish and your chance at survival is better than driving.

    • Roy

      April 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Alcohol is a systemic poison!

  7. jp!

    February 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    um…the average 2 slices of bread are 200 calories. i you think you’re getting a 200-300 calories in the avg. sandwich, you should probably guess again.

    • TheMeckMan

      April 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Was my first thought. Even low calorie bread would clock you in at 140 calories, and then it’s mostly ‘air’ as the bread is lower calorie mostly because it weighs less. Who the hell writes these BS lists???

  8. fatty

    February 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

    COle slaw is ok if you make it use about one tablespoon to a quart and sprinkle on a teaspoon of sugar. Just enough miracle whip to wet it some. Cole slaw all loaded with mayonnaise is just stupid

    • Garbonzo

      March 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Add sliced green onions, grated radish, and fresh cilantro leaves and dress with light sesame seed oil and rice wine vinegar dressing. Mound slaw on plate and top with 4 oz. of your favorite sushi grade fish sliced thin. If sushi is not your thing toss in 4 oz. of boiled boneless skinless chicken breast chilled and thinly julienned red pepper.

      • Flora Amici

        April 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

        Vinaigrette is better than any creamy dressing. The real French dressing is vinaigrette.

  9. fatty

    February 19, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I used to eat nothing but deer, crabs, fish and muskrats. I used to eat good. Then I started eating all store bought stuff and started to get fat. Then I went to Europe for a month and because they eat good food. I was eating a lot less and didn’t snack between meals. People the problem is how much crap they add to food. HOw many hormones and chemicals. Our country puts crap in food that other countries outlaw.

  10. fatty

    February 19, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I don’t know what people need butter for, Maybe to dip your lobster meat in. But you don’t put it on veggies and you shouldn’t be making biscuits because they are bad for you

  11. Rick Bruner

    March 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Saturated fat has gotten a bad rap as well. Polyunsaturated fat suppresses the immune system. Corn, soy and canola oils are all highly processed and should be avoided as they are unstable and turn rancid easily. Olive, coconut and palm oils are healthier. White flour, vegetable oils and refined sweetners are the three pillars of the processed food industry. Their goal isn’t your health, its their profits.

  12. MingtheMerciless

    March 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

    There is NOTHING wrong with frosting–if you make your own buttercream frosting at home. Adding your own flavors and using natural colorings is far better than what one buys from the brand names on the shelves. The same is true for cakes; make your own at home from scratch. It’s the CHEMICALS that are in commercially prepared cake mixes and frostings that are the real culprits here. Read any label.
    Spend some weekend time cooking meals in bulk and freezing the leftovers in reusable ceramic or glass containers (that plastic stuff releases carcinogens when used in microwaves). Thrifty homemakers have been doing that for years. Better food; no additives.

    • angelicvh

      March 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Sugar is poison.

      • Deborah Hale

        March 30, 2014 at 12:04 am

        You’re not going to take away my homemade buttercream frosting. I don’t eat it by the bucket and don’t know anyone who does. If you eliminate everything that tastes good and you won’t live longer, it’ll just FEEL that way!

  13. Her Majesty

    March 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    5 years ago, EVERYTHING in my house was FAT FREE, but I was getting fatter by the day. It was a hard pill to swallow, but I finally learned and accepted the fact that refined carbohydrates were the culprit-NOT fat. The only fats I avoid TOTALLY are TRANSFATS(hydrogenated and/or partially hydrogenated oils).

  14. tiffany

    March 12, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Coconut fat rocks.

  15. democrat CockRoach

    March 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    That canned frosting is really really BAD. Especially the mushy fluffed up runny stuff.

  16. correctnotright

    March 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    “There were increases in some hormones and lipids which could be harmful
    if persistent over time. However, the studies were not designed to
    measure long-term health effects. Therefore we do not know if low salt
    diets improve or worsen health outcomes.”
    Cochrane reviews.

    Low salt diets lower BP by 1% and increase some “bad” hormones in normotensive people. There is no definitive evidence that low salt diets decrease cardiovascular risk. Most physicians were taught that salt is “bad” and it does interfere with some diuretic drugs – but there is no evidence that it prevents CV events in healthy people.

    On the other hand, most processed food is also high in salt. Stop eating the processed food and salt does not really matter….so soy sauce is OK. Just be aware that soy sauce also has wheat in it – so use tamari if you are avoiding wheat.

  17. Grace Renna Wimbish

    March 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Stop it! Of course if you make a steady diet of any of these foods, you are in trouble. but that could be said about just about anything. I think I will eat a cupcake every once in awhile and enjoy life. Why are people so neurotic and unhappy? Because they believe in all or nothing. Too bad for them.

  18. gabi532

    April 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Moderation, folks!

  19. Lily

    April 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My great grandmother died choking on coleslaw… I kid you not. Such a strange way to die.

  20. TheMeckMan

    April 10, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Even low calorie bread will clock you in at 140 calories and that’s mostly because it’s a very lightweight sliced loaf. Where most hardy breads that are actually good for and loaded with fiber weigh around 1.5-2 ounces, lighter bread like Nature’s Own clocks in at about an ounce per slice. So having half the calories makes sense until you realize that on a gram by gram comparison they are the same and the hardier bread has better carbs in it.

    A Kraft single will throw in another 60 calories (110 if you go with an ounce of real cheddar). Some ham will add about 100-150 more calories. So you’re looking at about 300 calories minimum (i.e. uber bland sandwich). Even low 3 ounces of low calorie turkey breast will clock you in at 120 calories) I find that most of my sandwiches WITHOUT mayo clock in at 450-600 calories. I make a Greek Yogurt based sandwich spread that is very good and very little fat.

    Also, a 300 calorie lunch on a USDA rec 2000 calorie diet (albeit more/less depending on your body type and needs) is insane. If each of your meals is 300 calories you’re way under your required amount and will go into starvation. If the advice is based on 5 meals a day it’s not clear, and even then too low unless you’re inactive and have minimal muscle mass. While it’s better to graze and have 5+ smaller meals during the day, 300 calories is ridiculous considering the vast majority of people reading this advice consume only 3 meals a day plus maybe one snack. A 600-700 calorie lunch is far more ideal.

    On a 2000 +/- 100 calorie diet I’d recommend:

    250-300 calorie breakfast
    650-700 calorie lunch
    2 x 125-150 calorie snacks spread apart
    750-800 calorie dinner

    This is based on a 2000 median calorie diet and you can adjust it to your caloric needs (i.e. if you exercise a lot have more snacks). For example I ride my bike for about 60 minutes a day and burn roughly 800 calories at a 16-18 mph pace. I take that 800 calories and disperse it across all my meals. That is 800/5 or roughly 160 additional calories per meal or I have an extra snack during the day and disperse the remainder.

    Avoid consuming more than 1200+ calories in a single meal. It will happen, but avoid making it a common practice. Eating all/most your calories in one meal will result in weight gain as your body will store what it doesn’t need for later which is why grazing is better.

    Also homemade frosting isn’t as bad for you. Moderation is the key.

  21. Michael Osterfeld

    April 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    When the first thing you tell me I shouldn’t eat is coleslaw…..On to the next article.

  22. iactuallyREAD

    April 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    “Indeed, the average sandwich will contain over 400 calories, and many people think that a lunch should contain closer to 200 or 300 calories.”

    Actually, most dieticians and nutritionists say that you should not eat less than 1500 calories a day, especially if you are active during your day job or over 5’4″ in height. If you do eat less that 1500 for more than a few days, your body will go into starvation mode. Now let’s do the math: if you eat 1500 calories over the course of one day, that’s approximately 500 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch, and 500 for dinner. Eating a 400 calorie sandwich leaves enough calories for a 100 calorie snack in the afternoon so there’s really nothing wrong with that picture.

  23. Paul Bobrowski

    April 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Q: Are we really just that ignorant to believe that there are food we should never eat (and likewise, foods that we should always eat)?
    A: Apparently so as I see these articles on a daily basis.

    For the sake of argument, let’s pretend we were intelligent and responsible beings. We would surmise and rightfully so, that we could eat whatever we wanted and remain healthy as long as it was in moderation. The ancient Greeks knew this when they inscribed “Nothing in Excess” at the Delphic oracle.

    The simple truth is that there is no need for diet – just a smidgen of self-control. If you take in more calories than you need, you will gain weight. If you take in less, you will lose weight. The gods forbid that we acted in this manner as the economy would assuredly collapse. There would be no need for diets (like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc) and the products they hawk; weight-loss pharmaceuticals; gastric-bypass surgeries; tummy tucks; low-calorie, faux and health foods; gyms and personal trainers; celebrity doctors; super-size clothes; and, the endless list of products, programs, jobs and people that make their monies because we are excessive. High fructose corn syrup isn’t the demon: the demon is ourselves.

    • Lance

      April 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

      High fructose corn syrup can cause early onset diabetes in certain people.
      It’s totally unnecessary.

  24. ID675K

    April 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    If you want to avoid heart attacks, eat chicken, pork, fish,etc instead of beef. Beef gets digested to produce a chemical called TMSO which clogs up arteries.

  25. Benz

    April 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Just enjoy your meals; every one will eventually perish from this earth. Strategy used by most is stay healthy until you procreate desired amount of times; then afterwards let the party start in moderation; Stay in the game my friends.

  26. skepticR

    April 19, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I am going to be dead a lot longer than I’m going to be alive. Yes there are ways to increase your lifespan but compared to eternity it is less than insignificant. It is nonexistent. So why waste your life being miserable? Do you really think lying on your deathbed it will make any difference how many calories you saved? LIVE! Be HAPPY! Eat the cupcake if you want to!

  27. frank anderson

    April 21, 2014 at 3:51 am

    We need fats in our diet, otherwise we cannot utilize fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, K, and in all probability many others which have yet to be identified. Also fats serve to protect our organs, line the walls of our digestive tract, fats compose much of our nervous system, and fats provide long tern energy. Nutritional fats are best obtained from plants however, like from olives, walnuts, edible nuts in general, wheat germ, flaxseeds, safflowers, and others high in mono saturates. It’s currently estimated that we should derive about 30 percent of our caloric intake from fats, which is not very hard to do since fats are much denser in calories, per volumn than are carbohydrates, simple or complex forms.

  28. Lance

    April 21, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Who eats coleslaw and salad together? Also, coleslaw is just cabbage & sometimes contains slivers of carrots. It certainly does NOT contain 260 calories and more than 20g of fat unless you choose to dump two and a half tablespoons of mayonnaise on it.

  29. Springtuckian

    April 27, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Braggs Aminos, identical taste without the sodium.

  30. alykatma

    April 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    First I cut out sodas, then processed food particularly those that are loaded with up to 50 ingredients, which I never ate much to begin. I try to eat lots of fresh greens and fruits, cut down on amount of meat, use real butter, and whole milk(sparingly) No artificial sweeteners and I include high fructose corn syrup as artificial. I drink green tea everyday sweetened with stevia. Lost over 10 pounds, most of it belly fat, since I wasn’t overweight to begin with.

  31. Randy

    April 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Sites like this annoy me to no end. We’re fully aware that foods high
    in salt or sugars are extremely unhealthy. To claim that certain foods
    are unhealthy though is a misconception. In fact, it seems to me that the larger problem is the labelling and food nutritional laws of your country (I know a lot about these as I worked for ANZFA and TGA).
    People need to know that these companies aren’t about to tell you all the nasty things in it, and use “creative advertising” to sell their products. Anyone remember “Health Water” from a couple of years ago? It was essentially water with added flavour and sugars, which had more calories than most soft-drinks.
    Candies claiming to be 99.9% fat free (not a false statement since they contained no fat, but were 60% sugar), things labelled as “light” or “lite” which often don’t have a lower caloric value but instead have reduced salt and other nasty things. I’ve even seen ‘Sugar-free diet milk’ advertised…
    I’m not saying that people don’t need to be better educated, but as others on this site have suggested, a far better solution would be severely decrease the level of intake. Having visited the USA recently, I was utterly appauled at the portion sizes, even in respectable venues (I’m 6’3″ and 100kg, and I think I managed to finish my meal once in two weeks).

  32. bunndogg

    April 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Why not just read the labels? Bring my reading glasses with me in the store and read the label. Ingredients pretty much say it all. Be careful of natural flavorings because sugar is considered natural but now they have carbs and sugars listed as a number/chart too. Good Luck, have fun, READ the LABELs and use common sense.

  33. Joann

    April 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    There are good fats and bad fats, you just have to eat the good ones. One good one is olive oil.

  34. Rose

    May 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I was diagnosed with Sjogrens Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is incurable. I am now on a gluten free diet, no breads, muffins, cakes, and my body wash and lotions are gluten free. Gluten is in everything and is poisoning our bodies. Look out! There are no cures for autoimmune diseases. I get flare ups. I drink only water or tea, no sodas or alcohol. My inflammation is better, however, with this autoimmune disease you are tired everyday after 6 or 7 hours a day. Change your diet, change your life, live long and healthy everyone. 🙂

  35. birder

    May 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Sort of depends on how the coleslaw is made. I make mine using vinegar the N. Carolina way. This is a very misleading article

  36. An fellow American, also Asian

    May 7, 2014 at 5:24 am

    It has less to do with the foods themselves and more with how people use and consume them. Soy sauce… really? Only in America. Japan is the one of the top healthiest countries in the world. It’s sad how concerned America has been about health yet how Americans are so obese (perhaps due to obesity) except… it’s just getting worse.

    Oops alas I can’t write English properly.

  37. Fnordian72

    May 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Except the latest research shows that saturated fats aren’t “bad” like they’ve been made out to be. That doesn’t mean “go on a binge and eat them all day long” but it DOES mean that they are unfairly demonized.

  38. Bubbawubba Gump

    May 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Soy sauce is the condiment of choice in japan used every day, yet their blood pressure problems are much lower than ours. Face facts, sodium is the devil for today, tomorrow they will say it is only bad if you have certain conditions. If they can’t make up their minds what is or isn’t bad for us, how the hell are we supposed to know?

  39. The Brigadier

    May 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Soy should be avoided not because of the salt content, but because soy fits the same receptors in the thyroid and all the other cells in your body as does the very critical element iodine. If those receptors are filled by soy your body passes iodine in your pee and every autoimmune disease, including diabetes, autism, Alzheimer’s, lupus, arthritis and others are directly attributable to moderate to low levels of iodine. Low levels of iodine is the leading cause of mental retardation in the world. If you must eat soy at least get your daily iodine dose at least a half hour before you eat any product with soy and that includes many margarines now made with soybean oil.

    This article also continues to demonize sodium, even after the third and most massive and definitive study of salt was reported in 2011. Michelle Obama ignored that study that shows that there is no, and I repeat, absolutely no difference in mortality figures between heavy salt users and those that try and avoid completely with salt substitutes. I hope this author reads and tries to understand this. Salt has been exonerated. Eat it to your taste buds content folks because it is NOT going to kill you.

  40. bean pole

    May 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    “The ideal sandwich is made with wholemeal bread, healthy salad vegetables, a little margarine, and a light dressing.” The fact they suggest margarine and a light dressing as “the ideal sandwich” is absurd. Margarine is awful for you and light dressing is more caloric than people think and usually is loaded with sugars and sodium. Wow, I would not take this article seriously for the fact they suggest margarine.

  41. Edy

    May 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Yes watch your diet BUT do everything in moderation. Do not deprive yourself of life’s simple pleasures. Relax and eat a cookie, cup cake but not every day. I don’t want to live a life with no joys. Freaking avoiding everything thats bad for you is ludicrous. Enjoy your life it could end tomorrow.

  42. jnk782

    May 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Stop reading “stop eating” articles.

  43. southmpls

    May 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    cole slaw need not contain mayo at all; vinegar based cole slaw is healthy and low calories. as for fats, good fats like avocado and almonds do no harm at all. they are essential fats and contain essential trace nutrients not available widely.

  44. Anna

    May 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Go watch illuminati 2014 exposed to see big brother is trying to cut down on population by poisoning our food & when u watch this is shows one day we may be in gas chambers like the holocaust. Jesus is coming back soon so repent now cz america is turning atheist & turning backs on god & look at how history repeats itself; sodom & ghamora!

  45. Jessica L. B.

    May 11, 2014 at 12:12 am

    What’s the point of growing up if I can’t eat frosting out of the can?

  46. Chrystle

    May 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    yeah lets just eat nothing but water. im sure that would make you loose weight too. oh wait water might be too fattening too. you just shouldn’t eat anything (sarcasm)

  47. Reality Check

    May 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Meat and dairy. WORST! Causes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, early death! Look it up! Search Meat causes cancer and heart disease. Search studies show meat causes early death.

  48. Reality Check

    May 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    There is good fat and bad. Get educated on this! Saturated fat found in meat is bad and causes cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, early death. Healthy fats polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, etc from plant sources and olive oil to cook with is good for you.

  49. Llew Keller

    May 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Some of the items on the list are silly. Cole slaw is healthy without the dressing, and there’s no reason people can’t make their own low-fat dressing without mayonnaise. There are delicious yogurt alternatives to mayo. I love the cole slaw at my favorite Mexican restaurant, and they dress it only with vinegar.
    As to pre-preckaged and processed foods, – any time you eat something like this, or eat at a restaurant for that matter, you don’t really know how much fat, salt, and sugar are in their products. I believe that eating out so often is what is making Americans so obese, not so much what they cook at home.

  50. nathanLeroy

    May 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I like my fat with extra gluten.

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