20 Foods You Should Never Eat & Why

#1 Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is just as dangerous as soda, or nearly as bad when you’re drinking it in abundance. Fruit juice is so dangerously largely due to the fructose factor. In June 2014, a study published in the journal Nutrition found that the average fruit juice’s fructose concentration is 45.5 grams per liter. For soda, it’s 50 grams. Our bodies aren’t designed to deal with that type of fructose overload.

#2 Soy Protein

Contrary to popular belief, soy products are not healthy for you. Most soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to withstand applications of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup.

#3 Sugar Alcohols

Sugar alcohols are commonly found in sugar-free gum and sugar-free baked goods and sugar replacements. Sugar alcohol is linked to allergic reactions, headaches, SIBO symptoms, rashes, gas, and bloated.

#4 Farmed Fish Like Tilapia

Eating tilapia is worse than eating bacon in some ways. Be sure to avoid farmed salmon, too. It’s often called ‘Atlantic’ salmon or just salmon. The University of New York at Albany researchers found dioxin levels in farm-raised salmon to be 11 times higher than those in wild salmon. Environmental pollutants are linked to cancer, organ damage, and immune system dysfunction.

#5 Microwave Popcorn

Filled with questionable ingredients, it is just not worth the convenience. The main problem? The microwavable bags are coated with nonstick perfluorochemicals like perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the chemical that is liked to cancer.

#6 Factory-Farmed Meat

If the livestock that you’re grilling up for supper is fed hormones, drugs, and an unnatural diet grown using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, well, that’s not good news for you.

#7 Margarine

Trans fats were the original fats used in margarine. This is tragic, given that today, we now know trans fats are responsible for about 50,000 fatal heart attacks a year.

#8 Shrimp

Shrimp contains 4-hexylresorcinol, a food additive used to prevent discoloration in shrimp. This additive has estrogen-like effects that could reduce sperm count in men and increase breast cancer risk in women.

#9 Vegetable Oils

Hand-in-hand with margarine, vegetable oils like canola oil are highly inflammatory and not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. They are usually genetically modified, are partially hydrogenated, and have been shown to have links to cancer.

#10 Table Salt

Pretty much everyone has heard that white table salt causes hypertension, yet that hasn’t stopped more than 95 percent of restaurants in the nation from stocking it on every table and food bar.

#11 Artificial Sweeteners

Being “artificial,” you’d think fake sweeteners would be used cautiously by people. Unfortunately, many doctors recommend them because they are supposedly safe for diabetics because they are low on the glycemic index. Unfortunately, these sweeteners are also linked to many types of cancers.

#12 Fat-Free & Low-Fat Milk

A 2016 study published in The American Journal of Nutrition makes a strong case for eating it instead of its low-fat dairy counterparts. Researchers studied more than 18,000 women and found the ones who consumed more full-fat dairy were 8 percent less likely to be overweight or obese compared to the low-fat dairy group.

#13 Swai fish

This “river catfish” is most often raised in Vietnamese ponds with truly abysmal track records. Also called tra, basa, striped pangasius, and sushi, this fish only costs about $2 a pound but comes with a hefty price tag. A 2016 study found 70 to 80 percent of pangasius samples were contaminated by Vibriobacteria — the microbes behind most cases of shellfish poisoning.

#14 Seitan

Just a half cup of one pre-made seitan contains 576 milligrams of sodium. It’s basically a loaf of vital wheat gluten. Because it’s such a gluten-heavy food with the potential it tends to increase gluten allergies and gluten intolerance symptoms.

#15 Shady coffee drinks

The benefits of drinking coffee are real. In fact, researchers are even finding it can protect against liver cirrhosis and help people live longer after liver transplants. Did you know a typical 16-ounce pumpkin spiced latte contains a whopping 50 grams of sugar. All of that sugar, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, is hammering our livers and even contributing to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

#16 Agave Nectar

Agave has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener on the market. And remember, fructose is hard on the liver and puts our body into fat storage mode.

#17 Overcooked Meat

All meats have amino acids, including creatine and sugars. Cooking them at very high temperatures produces molecules called heterocyclic amines (HCAs), though. These are carcinogenic, toxic compounds also found in cigarette smoke.

#18 Garcinia cambogia

This pumpkin-shaped fruit is popular in weight-loss supplements. But get this: It’s also been shown to cause liver failure. It’s certainly not worth the risk.

#19 Nonorganic Strawberries

Strawberries tested by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009 and 2014 contained an average of 5.75 different pesticides per sample. (That’s even after they are washed.) It’s also important to note that nonorganic strawberry fields are often fumigated with toxic gases that were initially developed for chemical warfare.

#20 Canned green beans

Canned green beans are consistently contaminated with some of the most dangerous pesticides, according to Consumer Reports. In fact, eating just one serving of U.S.-grown green beans a day is “high risk,” due to the toxicity of the pesticides typically used on that crop.