These Are Foods That Nutritionist’s Won’t Even Touch with A 10 Foot Pole

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Many nutritionists are advocates of “all foods fit” but obviously all in moderation. With that being said, there are still foods that they will absolutely not touch even with that motto. Check out the eating habits of the people who are paid to help you eat nutritionally.

Hot Dogs
“Processed meat loaded with preservatives and barely any protein? No thanks!” —Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show and Founder of NourishSnacks

Maraschino Cherries
“The added sugar, chemicals, and artificial dyes ruin the health benefits of the naturally delicious fruit.” —Michelle Davenport, Ph.D., R.D., a Silicon Valley nutritionist

Processed Meat and Cheese
“I particularly avoid those that are made with additional thickeners, preservatives, sugar, or a high content of preservatives. Animal products (and food products in general) that have to sit on a shelf inherently require a decent amount of processing to protect against microbial growth and contamination. I’d rather go for the fresh version than eat something high-sodium and preservative-rich (hence why some processed meats have earned their ‘mystery meat’ name).” —Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., senior clinical dietician at Mount Sinai Hospital

Bacon
“Unless it finds its way into my Brussels sprouts with my knowing when I’m dining out, bacon is a food that I haven’t eaten since I was a child. Its high saturated fat and sodium content has been a huge deterrent for me for years.” —Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet

Cold Cereal and Fat-Free Dairy
“Most cold cereals are loaded with added sugars and are missing protein and fiber. If I eat that to start, my entire day will be thrown off eating-wise, as I’ll be hungry and on a sugar crash within an hour or two. Fat-free dairy is something I avoid whenever possible. It certainly doesn’t taste as good as regular dairy products, but mainly because I think fat is a super important part of each meal. Having good-quality diary that’s full fat is delicious and nutritious.” —Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., founder of B Nutritious

Sugary Beverages
“For example: coffee, juice, and tea ‘drinks.’ I’d rather eat my calories (or save them for a glass of wine!) than drinking calorie-rich, nutrient-poor beverages that don’t fill you up.” —Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., senior clinical dietician at Mount Sinai Hospital

Soda
“It’s literally liquid candy with absolutely no nutritional value. Why bother?” —Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show and Founder of NourishSnacks

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