12 Foods Nutritionists Kick Out

Rice Cakes

Rice cakes are an old-school diet staple, but the simple carbohydrates rank notoriously high on the glycemic index 

Giant Cups of Coffee

"An adult can safely consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is equivalent to four 8-ounce cups of coffee. But drinking any more than that can cause calcium excretion

Cream-Based Soups

"Although I love them, I try to stay away from cream-based soups. They not only bother my stomach, but are also loaded with empty calories and often have concerning fillers

Flavored Oatmeal

"Often listed as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, synthetically engineered trans fats increase your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and decrease your good (HDL)

Soy Milk

"Yes, the horror stories linking overconsumption of soy products to estrogen-like effects, like the development of enlarged breasts in otherwise healthy males, are exceptional.

Nutrition Bars

I never eat energy bars or granola bars. Although they can be tasty, for the amount of calorie-dense carbs and fat they contain, you might as well eat a candy bar. 

Egg Beaters

"Heat pasteurized and made from factory-farmed eggs, this product is processed so much that makers actually have to add in synthetic vitamins to boost its nutrient density."

Fruit Smoothies

A fruit smoothie sounds like a virtuous choice for an afternoon pick-me-up, but be forewarned: Many store-bought options are blended with high-calorie dairy bases

Fruit Juice

"Talk about turning a good food bad," says Leah Kaufman, MS, RD, CDN. "When you transform produce into juice, you take away its fiber

Soda and Diet Soda

"Most sodas contain phosphorus, which binds to calcium and increases calcium loss, which is terrible for bone health. Plus, just one can is filled with 40 grams of sugar


"One tiny cup of granola has nearly 600 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 24 grams of sugar. That's the equivalent of starting your morning with two slices

Deli Meats

"While the link between meat and chronic disease is fairly tenuous, the connection between salt-, sugar- and chemical-laden processed meats and chronic disease risk is strong 

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