Top 10 Foods to Avoid

Better food choices.
Better food choices.

Different diets are designed for different results, but lists of the top 10 foods to avoid often overlap. Statistics show that the average American consumes too much fat and sugar, along with too many processed foods. End this cycle and improve your health by avoiding some of the foods listed below.

1. Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie

This convenience food option is rated the number one food to avoid in the Nutrition Action Health Letter. At first glace it doesn't seem so bad. The label says it has 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. The problem is, that's for a half of the pie!

2. Mayonnaise

For people who want to lose weight or learn to eat a healthy diet, mayonnaise is among the top 10 foods to avoid. While this condiment is popular and tasty, it is also 100 percent fat and you'll find it topping the list of foods to avoid at DI Fitness.

3. Solid fats from land animals

Number one at Health-heart.org, solid animal fats have nothing to offer nutritionally. They contain zero fiber, vitamins or essential oils and actually work against good oils for nutrients. If you want to keep your cholesterol down, you'll definitelly want to avoid these fats because they cause our bodies to raise LDL cholesterol levels.

4. McDonald's Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips

Think chicken is a healthier choice than a burger at McDonald's? Think again. A five-strip order of Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips has 630 calories and 11 grams of fat. It's hard to believe that's almost equivalent to a Big Mac.

5. Chips

More than half the calories in chips comes from fat. This includes the chips they serve in Mexican restaurants as an appetizer while you wait for your meal. Chips rank number two on the top 10 foods to avoid at DI Fitness.

6. White Refined Flour

Many diets recommend restricting avoiding white flour all together. This is easier said than done because white flour is in pasta, breads, cookies, snacks and many ready-made meals. It's high on the glycemix index and should be avoided. It ranks number four on the list of foods to avoid at Heart-health.org.

7. The Cheesecake Factory's 6 Carb Original Cheesecake

While this dessert may be low in carbs, it also contains 610 calories which supply 29 grams of saturated fat. It shows up in the number three slot of foods to avoid at Nutrition Action Newsletter.

8. Beer and Alcohol

Though beer and alcohol are actually beverages, they make the list at DI Fitness as one of the top 10 foods to avoid. What most people don't realize is that alcohol has seven calories per gram-even light beer.

9. Sugar

Sugar in its various refined forms is found on the ingredient list of most packaged foods and soft drinks. it provides no fiber, vitamins or minerals. Remember ingredients are listed in order of prominence, so the higher sugar is on the list, the more likely it's a food you should avoid.

10. Fried Food

Eat your food baked or grilled instead of fried. It knocks the calories down by almost half and it's healthier because it cuts many of the fats that clog your arteries.

Top 10 Foods to Avoid