Not the Fab Four Foods

I thought I would shake it up a little with four foods that I would never put on my plate or onto my children’s plates.  I know there may be a collective scream when these are read, but I think I’ve given some pretty solid justification for why they don’t make my healthy choices list.

French Fries

They contain trans fats. DEADLY Trans fats. That’s right deadly.  So if you are feeding them to your kids as a “treat” you are not treating them to anything other than a potential future of obesity and pre mature death.  It isn’t just French Fries though.  You need to avoid ALL foods that contain trans fats.  There is NO healthy intake level.

Juice

Juice is just liquid sugar. It sends your blood sugar sky-high then drops you leaving you feeling tired.  Imagine what it does to your kids. Avoid juice if you want to lose fat and have all-day energy.  Before you ask what about pure orange/apple/grape etc juice.  Well, consider a glass of juice can take at least 8 pieces of fruit to fill…you are getting that equivalent amount of sugar.  Think you should be eating that much at one sitting?

Canned fruit in syrup

I guess you could do worse here…but still, why not just eat fresh whole fruit which still contains the skins, fiber, active enzymes, etc, instead of resorting to processed, canned fruit that’s been cooked and loaded with syrup?  Nothing beats fresh!!

Protein Bars

Candy Bar or Protein Bar

Two categories here.  Tastes like crap or tastes great.  Tastes like crap is probably a little better for you, but still usually additives, preservatives and chemicals that you really don’t want in you are in them.  Tastes great…run Forrest run!  In the food industry this is called mouth appeal.  That’s the process how you make something that tastes like crap taste great. It includes putting really great tasting stuff that you and I can’t pronounce into it that shouldn’t be there since it’s not healthy.  I haven’t found one from either category that I could recommend since they are both really bad choices.

Are there any foods that you wouldn’t put on your list? Let me know.  Don’t agree with my four?  Let me know that too.

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  1. Hi Carrie,
    I don’t touch any of these foods ever. Yay!
    But I do have one more to add. Soda.
    There is just nothing good about it. Regular or Diet.
    Now, every once in awhile, I do indulge in a diet soda, but I do so knowing that it’s garbage in, garbage out.
    Cheerio!
    J-FO

  2. I have three more… when my boyfriend eats these, I literally cringe…

    1) Poptarts
    2) Cookie Crisp (and other breakfast cereal)
    3) Kraft Dinner

  3. I have to admit, I indulge in french fries here and there, but never juice. Kids love it, but I have weaned them since becoming their step-mom.
    Also, pop… we have it once in a blue moon, but it’s so gross.

    That said, I am a baker, so we do eat cookies and cakes.

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