7 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never Eat

Get your diet on the right track.

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Nutritionists are the go-to sources for all your healthy-eating needs. They also practice what they preach by eating only what’s best for their bodies—and avoiding what’s not. Grab an apple and check out the top offenders on the list of foods your nutritionist would never eat.

Related: A Nutritionist's Pantry Essentials

Medically reviewed in October 2018.

Non-Dairy Creamer

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Non-dairy creamer may be one of the culprits stunting your weight loss. Many feature an easy-to-pour spout, so it’s easy to overindulge and start your day on an unhealthy, sugar-packed note. The creamer itself doesn’t contain a high number of calories per serving, but over-pouring can add more calories than you might expect. In addition to sugar, usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, and extra calories, your coffee creamer may contain some other unhealthy ingredients, like partially hydrogenated soybean oil, an unhealthy trans-fat. Try using flavored almond milk or coconut milk instead.


3 / 8 Pretzels

Although pretzels may not be the worst salty snack, the twisted treats lack fiber, protein and healthy fat making them, essentially, all sugar. Plus, it’s easy to overeat pretzels, making them an even bigger threat to your waistline. Still craving the salty satisfaction of a pretzel? Opt for the whole grain options, a better choice for your body.


4 / 8 Granola

Surprise: granola can contain as many calories as your favorite dessert. Many types of granola contain additives like sugar and hydrogenated oils, which turn an otherwise “healthy” snack into a calorie bomb. Get the satisfaction of a crunchy morning meal—without the extra fat and calories—by choosing blends high in protein and fiber or try making your own at home.

Find out what other “healthy” foods might also be sabotaging your diet.

White Bread

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Stripped of nutrients and loaded with preservatives, white bread won’t keep you full—and can lead to overeating later in the day. Due to its low fiber content, white bread is digested and absorbed into your body quickly, which can create a spike in blood sugar, followed by a crash in energy. Stick to hearty, whole grain options that contain more dietary fiber and selenium, essential components in maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Canned Soup

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Canned soup is a quick and easy meal, but beware the sodium and sulfites (found mostly in soups containing seafood) it contains. Sodium increases the amount of fluid in the body and subsequently, increases the volume of blood in your vessels—which hikes your blood pressure. Over time, the added pressure on the heart and blood vessels can lead to heart attack and stroke. Sulfites, or preservatives, can be harmful to people with sulfite sensitivity. Symptoms of sulfite sensitivity include headache, respiratory irritation and anaphylactic shock, though most reactions are mild. Nutritionists think it best to opt for homemade soups and stews, so you know exactly what you’re slurping down.

Microwave Popcorn

7 / 8 Microwave Popcorn

Popcorn, in its natural state, is a healthy alternative to other salty snacks. The catch? Many popcorn brands smother their kernels in additives like partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and preservatives. Opt for air-popped popcorn, without butter, salt or sugar, or try popping your own with coconut oil.

White Chocolate

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Dark chocolate gets all the praise, but not without good reasoning: it’s packed with flavonoids, which are believed to protect your heart and brain. White chocolate, however, lacks the good properties that come from the cocoa solids, because, well, white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa solids. Plus, it’s packed with sugar. Next time you’re craving chocolate, stick to a darker variety—your body (and taste buds) will thank you.

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