12 Foods Even Nutritionists Try To Avoid (And Say We Should Too!)

Before you do your meal-planning for the week, check out this list of 12 unhealthy foods nutritionists avoid (and say we should too.)

There could be one or two that might surprise you.

1. Pretzels

Yep, crunchy salty pretzels may be fun to eat, but sadly, they have made the list of unhealthy snacks to eat.

According to celebrity nutritionist and healthy cooking expert, Keri Glassman, eating a bowl of pretzels is like eating a bowl of jelly beans!  Whaat??

Seems that those crunchy salty snacks have lots of sugar in them. More than you might think. Not to mention that Pretzels also do not provide fiber, protein or healthy fat.

So unless you have the willpower to eat just a few pretzels, (and seriously, who can do that?) it may be best to avoid them altogether.

2. Fat-Free Whipped Cream.

If you want a creamy dessert topping, then make sure it is the real deal.

Food Network nutritionist Ellie Krieger says a dollop of fresh whipped cream is a healthier choice to make than that fat-free whipped cream you want to grab because, well, it says 'Fat Free' after all. And isn't that a good thing?

Nope, says Krieger. Not only does it not taste as good as the real thing, it has too many artificial ingredients.

So go ahead and indulge guilt-free in delicious real whipped cream (just keep it to a dollop!)

3. Imported Farm-Raised Shrimp.

Shrimp can be a very nutritious part of a healthy diet. It is low in calories, high in protein and contains healthy fats.

Shrimp is also a good source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids

However, try to avoid imported shrimp, as it often contains antibiotics. Instead, make sure to buy wild-caught shrimp, or shrimp farmed in the United States (which prohibits the use of antibiotics.)

And then enjoy your shrimp cocktail!

4. Reduced Fat Peanut Butter.

Surprisingly, regular peanut butter and reduced-fat peanut butter contain about the same amount of calories - 200 calories for two tablespoons.

Even more surprising is that reduced-fat peanut butter often contains more refined carbohydrates and sugar than the regular spread.

We can thank ingredients like corn syrup solids, sugar, molasses, and starchy fillers for the higher sugar and carbs in the low fat spread, according to Tanya Zuckerbrot, author of The Miracle Carb Diet.

"Low-fat peanut butter can have 4 grams of sugar and about 15 grams of carbohydrates, while natural peanut butter has just 1 gram of sugar and 6 grams of carbs, says Zuckerbrot.

5. Bacon

I'm fairly certain that no one is shocked by this one. Those crispy strips of bacon have way too much sodium, definitely too much fat ( much of which is of the saturated kind to boot) and too many calories.

More Unhealthy Foods Nutritionists Say to Avoid or Indulge in Sparingly 

Blended Coffee Drinks

Pre-Baked Toaster Pastries



Nacho Cheese

Carnival Corn Dogs 

Diet Soda

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