9 Foods to Never Eat Again

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This study was published in the journal, Neuropsychopharmacology found that the saturated fats had a similar effect on our brains as drugs. So the more saturated fat we eat, the less we enjoy it…and the more we want it in order to get the same “high.”

What we put into our bodies makes us who we are, how we feel and even how we think. This is a great article to read!

The scientists studied rats which are used for experimentation because their genetic, biological and behavior characteristics resemble those of humans. One group was fed a low-fat diet with equal amounts of monounsaturated fat derived from palm oil and the third was a diet high in saturated fat. Other types of fat were in the same terms of amounts of sugar, protein, overall fat content and calories. After the 8-week period, the rats has similar body weights but researchers found rats on the saturated fat diet had less production of the molecule dopamine.

Much of this unwanted food comes from unhealthy snacking throughout the day. Good-for-you snacks can be part of a healthy diet if snacking is done in a sensible way —hence not eating the entire bag of dark chocolate Hershey Kisses.

The truth is what you snack on in between meals goes a long way, especially in keeping your metabolism burning. If you have a regular exercise routine, it can also help continue to tone your muscles throughout the day. But oftentimes, snack time gets mistaken for a time to treat yourself, but that can lead to unwanted weight gain.


1. Pork Rinds

These cured meats are full of sodium nitrates and other preservatives that have been linked to cancer and heart disease. These may seem like a hearty, protein-filled snack, but are really just sodium-filled strips of crunchy pig fat.

Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 174
Fat: 10g
Carbs: 0g
Protein: 19.62g
Sodium: 588mg

2. Microwave Popcorn

Here’s another trans-fat culprit. Even if fresh popped stove-top popcorn might eliminate the negative aspects of popcorn, most of us only ever get microwave popcorn. It’s fast and convenient… and full of hidden ingredients. Besides the trans-fat, some brands contain diacetyl for that rich butter flavor. Diacetyl has been found to cause lung disease when inhaled. If you can’t figure out have the ingredients on the label, leave it on the shelf. Another important thing to understand about popcorn is that the lining of microwave popcorn bags includes substances such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical the EPA lists as a carcinogen that has been linked to infertility and cancer.

Pop Secret Butter 1 bag
Calories: 540
Fat: 36g
Carbs: 45g
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 930mg
Sugar: 0g

3. Toaster Pastries

High in sugar, fats (including trans-fat) and not making up for it in any other way. That means nutritional value is lacking as these pastries are also low in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. This means breakfast is just leading to a quick sugar crash by mid-morning. If you’ve ever looked at the ingredient list on a package of toaster pastries, you’ll see that most of them are unpronounceable. This can’t be good for you.

Serving size: Toaster Strudel, strawberry, 2 pastries
Calories: 340
Fat: 14g
Carbs: 50,
Protein: 3g
Sugar: 18g
Sodium: 340mg

4. Margarine

We’ve talked a lot about healthy fats and margarine is not one of them. It’s processed and chock full of synthetic hydrogenated trans-fat. Swap margarine for one of the healthier options such as coconut oil, organic grass fed butter, olive oil and others.

5. Diet Soda

Although it’s got no calories or fat, the artificial sweeteners and chemical dyes make this a poor choice. In fact, the sweeteners can mess up your metabolism and have been linked to an increased risk of weight gain and depression. Regular soda is full of empty calories and will most definitely lead to weight gain.

Serving size: 1 can
Calories: 0
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 15.8g
Protein: 0g
Sodium: 67mg
Sugar: 0g

6. Sugary Coffee Drinks

We usually tout the benefits of coffee, but in this case we are saying no. Although plain coffee can be good for you, a blended coffee drink is mostly sugar, syrup, artificial flavor and dairy fat – not coffee. The amount of calories in just one of these drinks is enough to fill almost your entire daily recommended value. The sugar will spike insulin levels, gearing you up for that sugar crash and have you craving more substantial food.

Serving size: Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha, Venti (large)
Calories: 510
Fat: 15g
Carbs: 77g
Protein: 19g
Sodium: 300mg

7. Canned Fruit

Fruit is a wonderful snack! But eat it fresh, please. Canned fruits are stripped of many nutrients, contain added sugars and the cans are lined with chemical preservatives.

Serving size: 1 can peaches
Calories: 100
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 25g
Protein: 0g
Sodium: 10mg
Sugar: 22g

8. Fried foods

Like sodas and canned foods, overindulging in greasy foods puts you at risk for many chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Another tidbit: trans-fat found in fried foods has been found to decrease both male and female sex drives. Furthermore, these foods can make you lethargic and lazy.

9. White Bread

This and other refined flours contain almost no nutrients and vitamins. Therefore, they offer zero nutritional value. The body doesn’t know how to properly digest these foods.

If you have any questions or concerns about your diet; contact Integrative Medicine of New Jersey at (973)736-5300.