We are constantly bombarded with food lists that detail items we should and shouldn’t be eating. It can be hard to know what’s right, what’s wrong, and whether you’re giving your body the nutrients it needs. One list we can trust? One that has a nutritionist’s stamp of approval. If you’re looking for a list of foods you shouldn’t be eating, check out these eight items. Nutritionists won’t even consider eating these unhealthy everyday foods, and they suggest you avoid them, too.
1. Hot dogs, bacon, and sausages
Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RDN, CDN, and author of Read It Before You Eat It, says she avoids these three processed foods like the plague. What’s so bad about them? A diet that’s high in processed meats like bacon and sausage can increase your risk of dying from cancer or cardiovascular disease, according to Everyday Health. In addition, the World Health Organization labeled processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” not too long ago.
If you can’t live without your processed goodies, save pepperoni, hot dogs, sausages, bacon, and deli meats for a day at the ballpark or the occasional party. You can also try swapping out pork hot dogs and sausages for chicken dog/sausage alternatives, Taub-Dix suggests.