10+ Foods Women Over 50 Should Always Avoid

Diet sodas

Diet soda may not be as good for you as you think. The artificial sweetener aspartame is found in nearly all popular diet sodas.

Aspartame was initially developed to aid weight loss, but recent studies have shown that it actually raises glucose levels and overloads the liver, causing excess fat to be created.

Chips

A single ounce of potato chips – the equivalent to about three handfuls – contains around 150 calories and 10 grams of fat. And be honest, no one stops after a few handfuls.

Chips are amongst the most moreish foods on the planet, which makes overeating more of a question of ‘by how much’ rather than ‘if’. It’s been estimated that eating chips three times a week is enough to add seven pounds to your weight over a year.

Granola bars

Granola bars masquerade as healthy snacks, sneaking their way into the shopping baskets and cupboards of many calorie-conscious ladies. The reality, however, is that granola bars are often stuffed full of added sugars.

This sugar usually either takes the form of chocolate chips or high fructose corn syrup. It’s not unusual for a granola bar to pack upwards of 13 grams of sugar, which isn’t far off what you’d find in a candy bar.

Sausages

Recent studies have indicated that sausages might be as potent a carcinogen as smoking. For one thing, sausages are generally made out of red meat like pork.

They’re also usually highly processed, packing unhealthy levels of sodium and nitrates. Even supposedly healthy sausages are likely to contain a number of additives and other nasties that are best avoided.

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise seems pretty innocuous, and many people are surprised to learn just how unhealthy it is. The condiment is packed full of fat and sugar.

Worse yet, mayonnaise contains preservatives to ensure that what is essentially a jar of blended eggs can last for years. Low fat options are no better, as they compensate by adding in extra sugar.

Oysters

Many of us have experienced the unpleasant stomach side effects that often come the day after eating oysters, but the older you get, the more serious this risk becomes.

Once you're over 50, it becomes harder for your body to fight against illnesses like vibrio vulnificus or norovirus, and severe cases can even lead to death.

Fruit juice

While 100 percent fruit juice is better than Sunny D, a cup of Welch’s grape juice still contains as much sugar as four glazed donuts.

Although natural sugar can be part of a healthy diet, the sugar in juice is absorbed into your bloodstream just as quickly as other types of sugar. What’s more, most of the sweetness in juice comes from fructose, which may lead to abdominal weight gain in women.

Low-fat peanut butter

Think low-fat peanut butter is a healthier choice? Think again! Stripping away the natural fats means extra sugars and salt are added to make it palatable.

Brands like Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter pack in 4 grams of added sugar per serving, with corn syrup solids as a top ingredient. 

Grapefruit

You'd be forgiven for thinking that the notoriously Vitamin C-packed grapefruit is a wonderful addition to your diet. However, for those over 50, it could be deadly.

After a certain age, most of us need to take more and more medication, and grapefruit (or more specifically, an enzyme called CYP3A4) can prevent medication from correctly entering your body.

Twinkies

Twinkies are marketed as “snack classics,” but they’re far from healthy. Each Twinkie contains 4.5 grams of fat, 150 calories, 220 milligrams of sodium and 18 grams of sugar.

Those numbers are pretty alarming when you consider that the American Heart Association recommends limiting your daily intake of saturated fat to no more than 6 grams, sodium to no more than 2,300 milligrams and added sugars to no more than 24 grams per day.

Instant oatmeal

Oatmeal is often touted as the perfect breakfast food, providing a lasting supply of energy that lasts well into the day. Not all oatmeal is created equally, however.

Those little packets and cartons of instant porridge might be irresistibly convenient, but they contain high levels of sugar that essentially negate all of the benefits. Even the unflavoured varieties generally pack around eight grams of sugar, enough to cause a dramatic spike in your insulin levels.

Hot Pockets

Hot Pockets are frozen, handheld foods that are heated in a microwave or conventional oven. They’re popular with people who are too busy (or lazy) to cook a real meal, but some people find Hot Pockets unpleasant because of their strange taste and texture.

The list of ingredients on Hot Pockets nutritional info is troubling. They contain numerous processed ingredients, unhealthy substitutions, and extremely high levels of fats, sodium, and saturated fat. Therefore, these frozen snacks should be avoided at all costs.

Mozzarella sticks

Mozzarella sticks are among the most popular appetizer choices at restaurants, but they’re also among the least nutritious. They’re typically fried, which adds calories and fat to a dish that’s already high in both.

A serving of mozzarella sticks from Applebee’s contains 910 calories and more than 2,500 mg of sodium. Even if you share this dish with friends, it’s not a good choice for a snack.

Pop-Tarts

We all remember eating Pop-Tarts in our childhood, but now that we’re older and wiser, we know that they’re not the best choice for our health. These sugary pastries are full of preservatives that can harm our immune systems.

One such preservative is called TBHQ (short for tbutylhydroquinone) and it’s found in many processed foods. It extends their shelf life and keeps them from spoiling. Each pastry contains 200 calories and provides little to no nutritional value, so it’s best to stay away from them entirely.

Deep dish pizza

Deep-dish pizza is delicious, but the crust can be very fattening. The dough and cheese are both high in calories, and meat toppings like bacon, sausage and pepperoni add even more calories.

A two-slice serving of deep-dish pizza has about 1300 calories and 24 grams of saturated fat. You might find it hard to give up your favorite pizza, but you can still enjoy it if you order a thin crust pizza with veggies instead of meat.

Oreos

It’s unfortunate that Oreos made this list, because they’re one of the best comfort foods around. Warm or cold milk and a few cookies are definitely a match made in heaven. But if you look on the back of the packaging, you’ll notice a secret ingredient: hydrogenated palm kernel oil.

Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil that promotes inflammation in the body. It’s also loaded with fat and sugar, which is why you can’t eat just one Oreo. A 2013 scientific study found that they’re more addictive than morphine!

Chicken nuggets

Chicken nuggets, those popular fast-food items that everyone loves, contain far more synthetic ingredients than natural. They start off with real chicken, but they also contain diglycerides, coloring additive Red #40, and carrageenan. These three additives work together to keep the natural portions of the nuggets from going bad.

Sadly, this also means a chicken nugget has more synthetic parts than real chicken. While fast food chicken nuggets are certainly not the healthiest choice, store-bought frozen nuggets are no better. The best alternative is to just take some organic chicken breasts, bread them, and then cook them in the oven.

Bacon

Bacon might smell and taste divine, but it’s also terrible for your health in a bunch of different ways. For starters, bacon is high in advanced glycation end products (AGEs), compounds that are created when cured meats are cooked at high temperatures.

AGEs have been linked to a number of less-than-ideal health outcomes, including inflammation and elevated rates of cancer. Bacon is also high in nitrates, another carcinogen, and – just to top things off – it boasts around three grams of fat per slice.

Coffee creamer

Don’t let the name fool you; coffee creamer doesn’t actually contain any cream. What it does contain is a wildly unhealthy blend of sugar and soybean oil, with some diglycerides thrown in for good measure.

Although real dairy has been demonised in recent years, you’re much better going with real milk or cream instead of artificial creamers.

Breakfast cereals

Cereal aisles in American supermarkets offer a dizzying array of luridly colorful options, many of which are packed full of nasties. As well as insanely high sugar contents, many cereals in the US come with a number of ingredients that have been banned in most other countries around the world.

Of particular concern are the yellow and red food dyes, which a number of studies have linked to behavioral and attentional problems in children, and butylated hydroxytoluene, which might be a carcinogen.

Baked goods

Many baked goods, such as pizzas and bagels, contain potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent that whitens dough. The chemical has been linked to a number of genuinely horrific health outcomes, including tumors, kidney failure and cell deterioration.

Unsurprisingly, potassium bromate has been banned in the European Union and a number of other countries, but it’s still regularly used in food manufacturing in the U.S.

Margarine

Invented by a French chemist in 1869, margarine replaced butter as the spread of choice for many in the early 2000s as society collectively freaked out about saturated fat.

Unfortunately for everyone who made the switch, it has since emerged that the trans fats margarine is packed full of are actually far more detrimental to health, with studies linking them to heart disease, inflammation and increases in “bad” cholesterol.

Frosting

The best part of a cupcake is also the part that might just send you to an early grave. Frosting contains a number of insidious ingredients including titanium dioxide – which has been shown to cause lung cancer in animals.

It also contains propylene glycol, which has been linked to kidney problems. Many frosting manufacturers complete the full-frontal assault on your internal organs by using oils that are high in trans fats.

Bottled smoothies

The truly nefarious thing about bottled smoothies is the fact that so many people think they’re actually healthy – a myth that the companies who produce them are only too happy to perpetuate.

In reality, smoothies pack about as much sugar as soda, leading to dramatic spikes in insulin and raising the risk of diabetes. The heat treatment that most smoothies are subjected to also effectively destroys the vitamins and antioxidants in the fruit, meaning these drinks have absolutely no redeeming qualities.

Fast food

Everyone knows that fast food tends to pack high levels of salt and fat, but there’s another, hidden danger. The takeaway boxes that fast food is often served in are normally made out of polystyrene, an effective insulator that is incredibly cheap to produce.

Unfortunately, when subjected to heat – for example when it’s used as a container for freshly cooked food – polystyrene leeches highly carcinogenic compounds.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs are high in fat, salt and cancer-causing nitrates, which should already give you pause for thought. However, their most horrifying ingredient is sodium phosphate, a preservative with such a bad reputation that even McDonald’s has backed away from using it.

The chemical – which has been banned in a number of countries – has been shown to cause severe kidney damage when ingested in sufficient quantities.

Bleached flour bread

If you’re shopping for bread in the United States, it’s worth scrutinizing the small print on the label. Any bread that doesn’t specify ‘unbleached flour’ has likely been made with a chemical called azodicarbonamide, a whitening agent that’s supposed to make bread look more visually appealing.

Unfortunately, azodicarbonamide – which is also used in the manufacturing of yoga mats – has been linked to asthma in humans, and animal studies suggest it might disrupt hormone production.

Veggie burgers

Health concerns around red meat have grown in recent years, with studies linking it to cardiovascular disease, strokes and cancers of the colon and bowels. As a result, many consumers are opting to go for veggie options when it comes to foods like burgers.

Unfortunately, these really aren’t much healthier. Veggie burgers often make up for their lack of meat with chemicals like disodium inosinate (a flavour enhancer that might impact the circulatory system), high levels of sodium and caramel colour.

Sprinkles

Whilst they might add an appealing burst of color to your desserts, sprinkles are little more than wax, sugar and an array of harmful ingredients.

These include hydrogenated vegetable oils, which have been linked to heart disease and high blood levels of cholesterol, artificial flavors and dyes such as the infamous Yellow 5.

Dried fruit

Fruit is one of the healthiest foods available, so dried fruit should be healthy too, right? Wrong. Dried fruit snacks often contain sulphites, a preservative that has been linked to skin and digestive issues.

Additionally, dried fruit is full of sugar and it’s incredibly easier to overindulge. When you’re looking for a healthy snack, fresh fruit is always going to be your best bet.

Single cheese slices

Some might argue that a burger just wouldn’t be complete without a slice (or two) of plasticky, unnaturally yellow cheese. However, these people might reassess their position if they knew about the health effects.

Cheese singles contain an artificial flavor called sodium citrate. This chemical has been linked to muscle spasms and might be dangerous for people with kidney problems.

Bouillon cubes

Bouillon cubes provide an easy way to add some umami to stews and soups, but they’re full of a surprising number of nasties. Chief amongst these is palm oil, which has been linked to heart disease.

Bouillon cubes also contain Yellow 5, a food dye that has the alarming ability to induce asthma in individuals who didn’t previously suffer from the condition.

Pancake syrup

A synthetic product meant to emulate natural maple syrup, pancake syrup is chock full of high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to diabetes, obesity and liver damage.

As if that’s not bad enough, the syrup also gets its colour from carcinogenic caramel products. Whilst real maple syrup is still high in sugar, and should be used sparingly, it offers a much healthier way to enjoy pancakes and French toast.

Cool Whip

Cool Whip never actually describes itself as cream, and with good reason: it isn’t. Instead, Cool Whip is made from a blend of hydrogenated vegetable oils and high fructose corn syrup.

This makes it incredibly high in trans fats and refined sugars, both of which have been linked to a number of adverse health effects including high cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Boxed mac and cheese

Boxed mac and cheese might be a beloved comfort food, but there’s nothing comforting about the ingredients. Most alarming are the inclusions of yellow food dyes that have been linked to hyperactivity in children.

It also contains phthalates, a potential carcinogen and endocrine disruptor that has been banned from toy manufacturing. If you wouldn’t let your kids touch it, why would you let them eat it?

Pickles

Traditionally, pickles are made by brining cucumbers in vinegar. When they’re made this way they can actually be quite healthy, boasting high levels of probiotics and a number of beneficial vitamins.

Unfortunately, in a bid to make their products more visually appealing, many manufacturers add yellow food dyes to their jars, and some brands also add polysorbate 80, an emulsifier that has been shown to cause cancer in rodents.

Turkey bacon

Turkey bacon positions itself as a healthier alternative to bacon made from pork, and many consumers are buying into the myth. Unfortunately, it’s just that: a myth.

Turkey bacon suffers from all the same problems as the more traditional kind, namely high levels of fat, sodium and nitrates that form carcinogenic compounds during digestion. Sadly, healthy bacon is simply too good to be true.

Yogurt-coated raisins

The yogurt-coated raisin is another snack that has managed to sneak into the health food aisle, despite having absolutely no business being there. The “yogurt” coating isn’t really yogurt at all.

Instead, the coating is an intensely unhealthy blend of sugar, hydrogenated oils and titanium dioxide, with just enough yogurt powder to prevent the manufacturers from getting sued for false advertising.

Processed oils

Recent studies have found that processed oils like canola, cottonseed and corn are seriously detrimental to health. This is because the oils are heated to incredibly high temperatures during production.

The heating process oxidizes the oils, and creates damaging free radicals. Instead of processed oils, opt for organic, extra virgin olive oil.

Cheetos

Cheetos’ ability to melt the second they touch your tongue has been dubbed “vanishing caloric density” by food scientists. It’s been linked to dramatic overconsumption, which is understandable given it doesn’t really feel like you’re eating anything in the first place.

To make matters worse, Cheetos contain a number of dodgy ingredients like monosodium glutamate and Yellow 6 food dye.

Canned soup

Convenient and comforting as it is, canned soup also comes with a number of drawbacks as far as your health is concerned. The main issue is the exorbitant amount of salt found in a can.

A single serving often contains almost 2 grams of salt. There are also potential concerns around chemicals leeching out of the can and into the soup.

Sugar-free Jell-O

Whilst regular Jell-O contains alarming levels of sugar, it’s still healthier than its sugar-free counterpart. Aspartame, acesulfame potassium and red food dyes are amongst the nasties that can be found in sugarless Jello-O.

These chemicals have been implicated in a range of conditions from cancer to hyperactivity in kids. If you have to have Jello-O, you’re best off sticking with the regular, sugary variety and eating it infrequently.

Refined carbohydrates

Foods like white pasta, white rice and white bread all have one thing in common: they’re all refined carbohydrates. Although they are often considered to be more palatable, refined carbohydrates have been shown to promote inflammation.

Worse yet, they don’t contain many of the healthy nutrients – including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – that whole grain products do.

Easy Cheese

Cheese in a can is a distinctly American product, and would likely provoke violence in Italy or France. It’s also shockingly bad for you. Two spoonfuls of Easy Cheese contains 275 calories and 21 grams of fat, around half of which is saturated.

Sprayable cheese is also devoid of the nutritional benefits of real cheese, which include high levels of calcium and vitamin K.

Fried foods

What do calamari, fried chicken and onion rings all have in common? They all taste delicious, and they’re all absolutely terrible for your health. The main problem with deep fried foods is the fact that they’re essentially bathed in super-heated oil.

This means they’re packed full of advanced glycation end products. These compounds have been shown to dramatically increase inflammation in the body, elevating risks of everything from depression to cancer.

Energy drinks

Because of their association with sports and exercise, many people mistakenly believe that energy drinks are healthy products. In reality, energy drinks are crammed full of harmful ingredients.

The bad stuff in these drinks include sugar, artificial sweeteners and food dyes. Alarming research has even suggested that long-term consumption of energy drinks could cause lasting liver damage.

Pre-made pie crust

Ready made pie crust might save you some time in the kitchen, but a quick glance at the ingredients should make you question whether it’s worth it. The most concerning additives in pie mix are BHA and BHT.

These preservatives have been banned in a number of countries due to a number of studies linking them to cancer.

BBQ sauce

Condiments are known to be one of the sneakiest sources (no pun intended) of hidden calories, and BBQ sauce is the worst of the bunch.

Most brands of BBQ sauce make use of high-fructose corn syrup, a hyper sweet product which has been linked to inflammation, diabetes and heart disease.

Cheesecake Factory cheesecake

Given that the restaurant is literally named after the dessert, it’s not surprising that cheesecake is one of the most ordered items at Cheesecake Factory. However, most patrons probably don’t realize exactly what they’re ordering.

A single slice of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake packs an astronomical 830 calories, 51 grams of sugar and 59 grams of fat, over half of which comes in form of harmful saturated fat.

Bottled water

If you’re thinking there’s no way water can be bad for you, you’re right… kind of. The problem here isn’t the water, it’s the bottles it comes in. The plastic that water bottles are made from often contains bisphenol-A.

Commonly referred to as BPA, this chemical has been shown to disrupt hormone production, leading to potentially severe outcomes including infertility and certain types of cancer.

Maraschino cherries

They might be one of the most iconic toppings for a sundae, but Maraschino cherries are also likely to wreak havoc on your health thanks to a number of sinister ingredients.

Chief amongst these are harmful food dyes, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. The fact that they generally last years before technically going out of date highlights the fact that Maraschino cherries are more chemical than food.

Fettuccine Alfredo

Ostensibly an Italian dish, in reality Fettuccine Alfredo is almost never found in Italy, and has instead been crafted to cater to American tastes. The dish is packed full of cream, butter and cheese, which team up to drive the calorie count through the roof.

Olive Garden’s take on the dish packs a whopping 1,310 calories and 1,200 grams of sodium, meaning it’ll increase your waistline and your blood pressure at the same time.

Breakfast biscuits

It might be tempting to save yourself a few hours of baking by opting for store bought breakfast biscuits. However, many popular brands, such as Pillsbury, include a number of nasties in their ingredients.

Of particular concern are bleached flour and hydrogenated oil, which the FDA has highlighted for its link to cardiovascular disease.

Taco bowls

Taco bowls are often presented as a healthier option at trendy eateries. However, taco bowls aren’t much better than regular tacos, and in some cases can be worse.

Whilst it is possible to keep them healthy, most taco bows are loaded with meat, cheese and sauce, making them extremely high in fat, sugar and sodium.

Frozen pizza

When it comes to cooking, convenience usually comes at a cost. In the case of frozen pizzas, that cost is your health. Many brands of frozen pizza contain additives like L-Cysteine hydrochloride, which is used in medical settings to treat overdoses.

Frozen pizza can also contain ammonium sulfate, which might look familiar if you’ve ever read the ingredients of lawn fertilizer.

Artificial chocolate

Real chocolate is often high in sugar and fat (unless it’s dark, in which case it can be healthy in moderation), but it’s generally free from sinister chemicals. The same cannot be said for artificial chocolate, like the kind often found on donuts.

Studies have linked polysorbate-60 – an emulsifier found in artificial chocolate – to cancer in animals, and it’s suspected to be toxic to humans.

Nachos

Nachos themselves aren’t all that bad for you. They don’t contain much in the way of nutritional value, but they’re not particularly harmful on their own. Problems arise when it comes to the toppings, however.

Nachos normally coming smothered under a towering mound of sugary salsa, ground beef, calorie-dense sour cream and handfuls of shredded cheese. Doesn't sound super-healthy, does it?

Water enhancers

The Mayo Clinic recommends women should aim for 11 cups of water per day. It can be hard remembering to drink that much water, and many people turn to flavor enhancers to encourage themselves to down more fluids.

Unfortunately, most brands of water enhancer fill their products with harmful chemicals like acesulfame potassium, a sweetener which has been linked to metabolic disorders.

Tuna

Tuna, while delicious, can pack quite a punch in the mercury department. The FDA reports mercury concentrations in tuna ranging from 0.12 to 0.68 PPM, posing risks to women's health.

According to LiveScience, frequent exposure to mercury can lead to serious side effects like tremors, blindness, or even death.

Soybean oil

Soy has become firmly associated with the healthy eating movement, with derivative products like tofu and soy milk often lining the shelves of trendy health food stores.

However, whilst most soy products are quite good for you, the same absolutely cannot be said for soybean oil. A number of studies have linked the oil – which seems to increase inflammation – to some seriously worrying conditions, including Alzheimers and depression.

Bottled/canned coffee

As estimated 74 percent of Americans drink coffee every single day, with many relying on it to get going in the morning. Studies have shown that coffee is actually incredibly healthy, protecting regular drinkers from a range of ailments including diabetes, depression and certain cancers.

However, these benefits don’t extend to commercially available bottled and canned coffees, which are often packed full of sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Frozen fish

Fish doesn’t tend to freeze as well as other meats, and often expels large amounts of water when it defrosted. To mitigate this, food manufacturers often add a chemical called sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) prior to freezing, which helps the fish retain its moisture when it thaws.

However, STPP has shown signs of being neurotoxic, meaning it probably shouldn’t be eaten by anyone, and definitely shouldn’t be fed to kids.

Microwave popcorn

While it may seem like a harmless and convenient snack for movie night, microwave popcorn often contains chemicals like diacetyl, which has been linked to lung disease when consumed in large quantities. 

Additionally, the preservatives and artificial butter flavoring can also add unnecessary sodium and unhealthy fats to your diet.

Cream-filled pastries

Indulging in pastries and cream-filled cakes may seem like a sweet escape, but these treats are packed with calories, fats, and sugars, without offering much in the way of nutrients.

Making them a regular part of your diet could lead to unwanted weight gain, boost your risk of type 2 diabetes, and send your cholesterol levels soaring.

Instant ramen

Craving a quick and easy meal? Instant noodles like Cup Ramen may seem like the answer, but beware, they come with a catch!

While convenient, they are typically loaded with sodium, unhealthy fats, and preservatives, and offer little in the way of nutritional value.

Cotton candy

This fluffy carnival staple is mainly spun sugar without any nutritional value, and indulging in this fluffy treat can lead to nothing but a sugar rush followed by a crash.

Cotton candy offers nothing but empty calories that can contribute to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes.

Microwaveable TV dinners

Ah, the beloved microwaveable TV dinner - the savior of busy moms and lazy evenings alike. But while they may save you time, they often lack the nutrition your body craves.

Packed with sky-high levels of sodium, unhealthy fats, and a smorgasbord of additives, these dinners can wreak havoc on you and your family's health if consumed too frequently.

Donuts

Donuts are sweet, fluffy, and oh-so-delicious. But here's the thing: while they taste amazing in the moment, they don't quite leave you feeling satisfied. Why?

Because these sugary treats are packed with refined sugars. Take, for instance, the Caramel Chocoholic from Dunkin' – which contains a whopping 38 grams of sugar. 

Bacon cheeseburger

This savory delight is a heart attack in-waiting. Loaded with saturated fats, cholesterol, and enough calories to power a small town, it's like a ticking time bomb for your arteries.

Sure, it tastes like heaven, but at what cost? Indulging in these meaty monsters regularly could pave the way to heart disease and obesity faster than you can say "extra bacon."

Deep-fried Oreos

Coated in batter and plunged into hot oil, these sugary treats are a carnival favorite but wreak havoc on blood sugar levels and waistlines.

Deep-fried Oreos are loaded with sugar, fat, and empty calories. A standard portion of five contain a whopping 900 calories, 51 grams of sugar and 48 grams of fat.

Fried chicken and waffles

This Southern comfort food may be delicious, but the combination of fried chicken, waffles, and syrup packs a triple punch of fat, carbs, and sugar.

Go ahead and savor every bite, but maybe save it for a special occasion - or a cheat day if you're feeling particularly rebellious.

Loaded potato skins

Imagine a plate piled high with golden potato skins, perfectly topped with gooey cheese, crispy bacon, and dollops of tangy sour cream. They're irresistible!

Sadly, these appetizers are a calorie-dense indulgence that can lead to weight gain and heart disease. While it's okay to treat yourself occasionally, it's important to be mindful of the frequency.

Pot pies

These little packages of warmth and comfort are the epitome of convenience when you need to whip up a quick meal for the family.

Frozen pot pies may be convenient, but they're also loaded with sodium, saturated fat, and preservatives. The high sodium can leave you bloated; and the saturated fat raises cholesterol.

Chili cheese fries

Topped with a mountain of chili, gooey cheese, and dollops of sour cream, chili cheese fries are a heart attack waiting to happen.

Packed with a combination of fats, carbs, and sodium, the heavenly combination adds an extra layer of richness, making them even harder to resist.

Salad dressing

Salads can easily turn into sugar-packed nightmares with the wrong dressing. Take Stonewall's Balsamic Fig Dressing, for example - two tablespoons contain a whopping 11 grams of sugar.

Marie's Creamy Italian Garlic isn't far behind, with a hefty 19 grams of fat per two tablespoons. Most of this sugar comes from soybean oil, which can make you hungrier!

Frappuccinos

Coffee, a magical elixir that fuels our mornings, is a calorie-free powerhouse with numerous health perks. But beware of the Frappuccino!

Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino contains 520 calories and 65 grams of carbs, mostly from sugar. Studies show drinking calories doesn't trigger your fullness signals, so you’re likely to keep over-indulging.

Soft pretzels

They're delicious, no doubt, but soft pretzels are often seasoned with a generous sprinkling of salt and made with refined carbs.

This double whammy can lead to bloating and send your blood pressure soaring. Not to mention, the refined carbs can cause a spike in blood sugar levels, leading to energy crashes.

Milkshakes

Indulging in a milkshake on a scorching day is paradise, but sadly, there's nothing nutritious about them! Packed with added sugar and saturated fat, they're a heart attack in a cup.

Sip on one of these sweet treats from a fast-food restaurant, and you're looking at a mountain of saturated fat and sugar. A White Castle shake contains 179 grams of sugar!

Burritos

First up, let's tackle the tortilla. Often made with refined flour, it's a carb bomb waiting to spike your blood sugar levels.

Then there's the filling - greasy ground beef, fatty cheese, and oil-laden beans. Not exactly a recipe for a healthy heart! Sour cream is also loaded with saturated fat and calories.

Croissants

If French women have proved anything, it's that a warm croissant is the perfect breakfast, right? But hold on, because this pastry packs saturated fat without the protein and fiber to keep you full.

Dunkin' Donuts' Butter Croissant is loaded with 19 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. And don't even get us started on chocolate croissants!

Deli meat

Watch out for deli meats! They might seem harmless, but they're loaded with sodium and preservatives. Boar's Head Smoked Turkey contains a whopping 500 milligrams of sodium in a two-ounce serving.

With the average American woman consuming 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, it's wise to cut down. Processed meats can also increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers.

Cake mix

You're never too old for a birthday cake, but think twice before grabbing the pre-made kind. These sugar-loaded shortcuts come with a side of questionable ingredients like Red 40, Yellow 6, and palm oil.

Not exactly the stuff of celebrations. If you're craving a slice, consider baking from scratch - your body will thank you!

Chewing gum

While most chewing gum isn't digestible, some ingredients like sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners can wreak havoc on your gut.

Sorbitol, a common sugar alcohol, can cause bloating and gas by fermenting in your gut. And those artificial sweeteners? They can amp up your hunger, leaving you constantly craving more.

Lemonade

Beyoncé's Lemonade? Iconic. But when it comes to the average lemonade, it's mostly junk. Minute Maid's version is a prime example, containing yellow #5, which is linked to hyperactivity.

With water, high fructose corn syrup, and lemon juice concentrate, it's a sugary disaster at 27 grams of added sugar per bottle.

Flavored yoghurt

Most fruit-flavored yogurts skimp on actual fruit, opting for sugar instead. And those vibrant colors? Usually just fruit juice concentrate.

With more sugar than substance, these yogurts won't keep you satisfied for long. Stick to the real deal if you want a satisfying snack!

Meal-replacement shakes

Meal-replacement shakes may sound like a convenient way to cut some calories, but they can be loaded with scary stuff.

We're talking blood sugar-spiking high fructose corn syrup, mysterious maltodextrin, and artificial colors that belong in a chemistry lab, not in your kitchen.

Corn dogs

Corn dogs aren't the worst when it comes to macronutrients. One corn dog contains around 330 calories, 34 grams of carbs, and 10 grams of protein. Not too shabby, right?

But here’s where the concern comes in. Corn dogs often contain processed meat, which multiple studies have linked to an increased risk of colon cancer and heart disease.

Pork rinds

Pork rinds are a crispy, crackly snack made from fried pig skin. While they've earned some low-carb street cred, let's be real: they're not the healthiest nibbles out there.

The biggest culprits are sodium and fat. According to Healthline, pork rinds can contain over 1,000 mg of sodium per serving. That's half of a woman's daily limit!

Fondant

Let's uncover the mystery behind fondant, the fancy cover for those jaw-dropping cakes. Fondant is mostly pure sugar with additives for stability and a smooth texture.

But here's the catch: professional bakers often use a type of fondant that contains hydrogenated fats. Definitely not what you want on your plate!

Cheap sushi

The Japanese diet is famously one of the healthiest in the world, and sushi plays a key part in keeping Japanese life expectancies so high.

However, eating cheap sushi puts you at risk of contracting food poisoning or even sepsis from poorly-prepared raw fish - and the older we get, the harder it is for our bodies to fight back.