Self-Help Advice on Foods You Should Never Eat

Written by Keith Rockmael

Here's a list of foods you should never eat, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Never is a pretty harsh word. Especially when it comes to food. You might exclaim, "I'm never going to eat that again." But do you mean it? According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, you should make a serious effort to avoid these five foods:

Quaker 100% Natural Oats & Honey.When you dig into the Quaker 100% Natural Oats & Honey Granola, you think that you're eating something nutritious — the fruits of Mother Nature. But it's doubtful she intended a half-cup of oats to be coated with three teaspoons of sugar and more fat than you'd get in a regular McDonald's hamburger. If low-fat, whole-grain, high-fiber cereals are what you're after, try Grape Nuts or Wheaties. If you're stuck on granola, choose one lower in fat, such as Healthy Valley 98% Fat-Free or Quaker 100% Natural Low Fat Granola with Raisins.

Bugles. What’s so bad about Bugles? The highly saturated coconut oil that General Mills fries them in —oil that’s about twice as saturated as lard. (Chips are usually fried in corn, soy, or canola oils.) One serving (just over a cup) of these fried wonders will give you 40% of your daily limit of saturated fat. If you’re looking for a low-fat snack, give Baked Bugles a shot, or try baked low-fat tortilla chips made by Tostitos or Guiltless Gourmet.

Campbell's Red and White Label Soups. Their ads say, "Soup is good food." Apparently, they think sodium is good food. Just a half-can of soup contains more than 1,100 mg of sodium. Other brands, such as Healthy Choice or Campbell's Healthy Request, contain significantly less sodium. In fact, to be labeled "healthy" a soup must contain no more than 480 mg of sodium per cup.

Buitoni Contadina Alfredo Sauce Why not melt a third of a stick of butter on your pasta? You might as well if you fall for Contadina’s refrigerated Alfredo. On the other hand, you could choose Classico Spicy Red Pepper, Tomato & Basil, Fire-Roasted Tomato & Garlic, or any sauces from Healthy Choice or Ragú Light instead. All are lower in everything but taste.

Pizza Hut Big New Yorker Pizza  Pizza Hut brags that The Big New Yorker plain cheese pizza weighs about three pounds before baking. But when it comes to pizza, bigger isn’t better. Even if you split this monster with three other people, your two slices will end up with almost a full day’s saturated fat (17 grams) and sodium (2,200 mg), and 790 calories. That’s without sausage, pepperoni, or anything else. Down an entire Healthy Choice Supreme French Bread Pizza, on the other hand, and you’ll get only 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 580 mg of sodium, and 330 calories.

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