Food & Nutrition

50 Unhealthiest Foods You Could Ever Buy at the Supermarket

Not everything that comes in a box or bag is bad, but a lot of it is. We got nutrition experts to reveal 50 of the unhealthiest supermarket foods you can buy.

Citrus drinks

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“The label looks more like a complicated science experiment than a beverage,” says Lindsey Pine MS, RDN, of one citrus drink in particular. “These drinks have at most 10 percent juice, according to their ingredient lists. Not only do they have high fructose corn syrup, but they also have three different sources of artificial sweeteners in addition to artificial colors.” The grossest part? There’s oil in at least one brand of this juice! Water is obviously the best alternative, but if you need a fruit fix, Pine suggests diluting 100 percent fruit juice with water. On the flip side, here are fruit juices that are healthier than you thought.

Vegetable oil

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You usually get what you pay for, and that’s exactly the case with this low-budget oils. “Cheap refined vegetable oils are known for their high amounts of omega-6 fatty acid content, and while we absolutely need omega-6’s to survive, our Western diets get way too much of them, possibly leading to systemic inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease,” explains Pine. “Further, the majority are made from genetically modified plants.” Instead she suggests you opt for Thrive Algae Oil, which is composed of 90 percent monounsaturated fat (omega-9, the heat stable “good” fat), has a neutral taste, is sustainably produced, and doesn’t contain any GMOs. Did you know that even “healthy” cooking oils could raise your diabetes risk?

Veggie wraps

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“A basic tortilla takes about four ingredients to construct—flour, water, oil, and salt—but some brands, like one that claims to contain spinach, uses no fewer than 30 ingredients to construct these wraps, and spinach falls under the ‘2 percent or less’ portion of the ingredients statement,” says Janine Whiteson, RD. That’s not a joke! Spinach wraps with less than 2 percent spinach… So what is this wrap made of? “A lot of enriched flour and vegetable shortening, neither of which makes for a healthy sandwich. Consuming one serving of these wraps is the caloric equivalent of consuming four Pizza Hut Traditional Buffalo Wings!” Here are much better ways to get spinach into your diet.

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