When it comes to what shouldn't be on your plate, nutritionists are pretty freaking picky. So much so that they've actually banned certain foods from their diets—hardcore. It might not be a bad idea for you to follow suit.
1. Processed Meats
"I avoid processed meats like lunch meats, pre-cooked sausages, and hot dogs, which can be loaded with sodium, additives, and preservatives," says Katie Cavuto, R.D. "They're often high in salt and include all the wrong fats."
2. Store-Bought Tomato Sauce
"If you look at the labels on a lot of pasta sauces, they are loaded with sodium, and they almost always have an added sweetener or sugar," says Dana Angelo White, R.D. "I would much rather make my own sauce so I can control the ingredients." Extra tip: You'll also find a lot of salad dressings and other canned sauces have the same high sodium content and added sugars.
3. Colorful Sugar Candies
"I'd never eat many of the things I loved as a kid, like Pixie Sticks and Fun Dip. It's pure sugar with food coloring! It's just not how I'd spend my calories," says Frances Largeman-Roth, R.D.
4. Raw Fish and Undercooked Meat
"I am very aware of food safety and potential pathogenic microorganisms that can be found in our food supply," says Toby Amidor, R.D. "Cooking fish and meat to their proper minimum internal temperature is the best way to ensure their safety."
5. Frozen Dinner Entrees
"Heat-and-eat foods, such as frozen dinners, are generally loaded with salt, sugar, and fats, and have long ingredient lists that include additives, artificial flavorings, and preservatives," explains nutritionist Michele McRae, from Rainbow Light. "They often have much lower fiber content, too." Instead, she recommends healthier, but still convenient, meals like "bagged salad greens, which you can top with unsalted, raw nuts, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, and a splash of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice."
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