10 Foods Nutritionists Never Eat

Flavored instant oatmeal

Oatmeal varieties that list the first ingredient as 'oats,' contain less than six grams of sugar, and less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving

Boxed vegetable pasta

The differences between vegetable-enriched and regular pasta are so nutritionally insignificant that swapping one for the other doesn't impact your health very much at all


"The refined-carb product contains no nutrients that are beneficial for health and aren't satisfying, hence why so many people tend to overeat them."

Veggie chips

A fried chip no matter if it's made from beets or potatoes. most veggie chips have potatoes listed as their first ingredient and contain the same amount of calories as regular potato chips

Pre-made smoothies

Pre-made smoothies are often made using fruit juice as a base, sugars and calories, says Costa."A 20-ounce commercial smoothie can be upwards of 200 to 1,000 calories

Reduced-fat peanut butter

If you're buying fat-free or reduced-fat peanut butter in an attempt to shed pounds, save your money—they have roughly the same amount of calories as regular peanut butter

"Diet" frozen meals

Frozen meals that are marketed as low-cal and emphasize portion control often clock in at less than 300 calories per entrée and lack vegetables and whole grains

Beef jerky

Sure, this delish snack conveniently gives you access to protein on the run, but most jerkies are chock-full of sodium to preserve the meat.

Fake meat products

"If you're a vegetarian or plant-based eater and rely on meatless meals, choose whole protein sources, such as beans, lentils, eggs, dairy, fermented soy, nuts, and seeds 

Fat-free salad dressing

 "Salads are full of greens, which contain fat-soluble vitamins, essential minerals, and antioxidants that protect our bodies from disease,"