12 Foods Nutritionists Won't Eat

Take a moment before you bite into your next meal and check out this list of 12 unhealthy foods nutritionists say they refuse to eat. While some of the food that made the list may not surprise you, there could be one or two that do.



1. Pretzels. Nationally recognized celebrity nutritionist, registered dietitian, and healthy cooking expert Keri Glassman says pretzels are unhealthy snacks that do not have fiber, protein or healthy fat. They do, however, have plenty of sugar.



2. Fat Free Whipped Topping. Food Network nutritionist Ellie Krieger says the artificial ingredients in fat-free whipped cream give the topping an unappealing taste. Much better to indulge in a dollop fresh whipped cream on your dessert!



3. Imported Farm-Raised Shrimp. Imported shrimp are often unsustainably farmed and laden with chemicals and antibiotics, says Kristy Del Coro, Senior Culinary Nutritionist at Rouge Tomate in New York City. While Del Coro adds that 94% of shrimp eaten in the United States is imported, it is worth the effort to purchase and consume sustainable seafood, for both environmental and personal health.



4. Reduced Fat Peanut Butter.  Both regular peanut butter and reduced-fat peanut butter contain about the same amount of calories. The big difference between the two is that the reduced-fat types usually contain more refined carbohydrates and sugar. "The fat that would be in the reduced-fat peanut butter spread is replaced with ingredients like corn syrup solids, sugar and molasses, plus starchy fillers." explains Tanya Zuckerbrot. So the low fat peanut butter can have 4 grams of sugar and about 15 grams of carbohydrates, says the author of The Miracle Carb Diet. Natural peanut butter has just 1 gram of sugar and 6 grams of carbs.

Some other foods that made the list include pre-baked toaster pastries, nacho cheese sauce, and bacon.

Check out the complete list of foods nutritionists refuse to eat, and why they say to avoid them @ yahoo.com/food.