The Absolute Worst Foods You Can Eat, New Report Says
Be honest with yourself: How many times have you looked in the store for packaged food that claims to be healthy, only to find on the nutrition label that it isn’t? It can be easy to market foods as “low fat” or “no sugar added” while still containing obscene amounts of sugar, sodium and calories. This is the motivation behind the Food Compass, a recent nutritional profiling system from researchers at Tufts University that places all foods on a ranking system of the absolute best and worst foods to eat for your health. The report was published by Natural food.
The Food Compass has a rating system of one to 100; one being the least healthy and 100 being a perfect score. Each of the 8,032 foods and beverages was assessed on the basis of “54 attributes in 9 areas relevant to health: nutritional ratios, vitamins, minerals, food ingredients, additives, processing, specific lipids, fiber and protein and phytochemicals”, according to the report. .
RELATED: Get even more health tips delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter!
When looking at the grading system, the absolute best foods you can eat include juice from natural blended vegetables (like celery and tomato), raw fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, bean seeds, lentils, fish (especially halibut and tuna), plain yogurt and vegetable oils. Unsurprisingly, these foods are all very common in the Mediterranean diet, which is considered the best diet for weight loss and the best diet for longevity.
However, some foods are not very healthy, usually ultra-processed, and full of empty calories. Based on this recent NPS, these are the worst foods to eat:
- White bread products
- Sodas and energy drinks
- Cocktails and fruit concentrates
- Processed meats
- Fat-free dressings
- “Light” butter
- Cakes and pastries
- Sweets (especially the “low calorie” kind)
Going through the list of over 8,000 foods, it’s clear that many foods that are generally considered healthy – with labels like “fat-free,” “low-calorie,” and “light” – are the foods that tend to fall to the bottom of the list. This is probably because these types of foods have more sugars or added chemicals to make them taste great while avoiding the natural fats that usually come from these foods, like oil in dressing or fat. in the butter.
While the Food Compass isn’t exactly a report you can print out and keep in your pocket (the entire document is 123 pages long), this general list can guide you through what types of foods to buy at the store.
In conclusion, don’t be fooled by the front label – take a look at the back label to see if the ingredient list is what you recognize.
For even more healthy eating tips, read this below: