These 40 American Groceries Are Possibly The Worst Foods You Can Put In Your Cart

Ah grocery shopping. Unless you know what you’re after, it can be an absolute nightmare. On the other hand, your shopping list could actually be full of unhealthy items without you even realizing. So we’ve taken a closer look at 40 of those groceries – some of which may leave you gobsmacked!

40. Bar-S classic Bologna

Whether you know it as Bologna or baloney, this processed meat might seem like the perfect sandwich filler. But if you go with the Bar-S brand, your health might not thank you for it. Why’s that? According to the Eat This, Not That! website, the product is loaded with salt. Specifically, a couple of slices contain over 700 milligrams of sodium. That’s more than 30 percent of your recommended daily intake. Wow!

39. Spam with real bacon

Spam is one of the most recognizable canned goods in the supermarket today. Yet you should probably avoid the bacon option if you’re watching what you eat. Although some people think of it as high in protein, it’s also high in saturated fat. According to the Eat This, Not That! Website, an entire can contains the equivalent amount of saturated fat of two Snickers bars.

38. Cheap vegetable oil

If you thought vegetable oil was a safe bet, nutritionist Lindsey Pine has some bad news. She told Reader’s Digest, “Cheap refined vegetable oils are known for their high amounts of omega-6 fatty acid content. And while we absolutely need omega-6’s to survive, our Western diets get way too much of them, possibly leading to systemic inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.”

37. Post Cocoa Pebbles


Should you struggle for time in the morning, a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles might seem like the perfect breakfast. But if you take a closer look at its nutritional value, you’re in for a shock. Incredibly, a three-quarter cup of the cereal contains no fiber whatsoever. And as per Eat This, Not That!, the coloring is a possible cancer risk too.

36. Tofurky kielbasa sausage

As an alternative to real meat, Tofurky products appear to be ideal substitutes. The kielbasa sausages look particularly delicious, but you might want to read the packaging before grabbing them off the shelves. Because a single sausage will hit you with around 660 milligrams of sodium. That’s massive for a so-called healthy option, and just under 30 percent of your entire recommended daily intake of sodium.

35. Boxed mac and cheese


Do you love boxed mac and cheese? Well, registered dietitian Janine Whiteson has a message for you. She informed Reader’s Digest, “It has virtually no fiber, and is made with additives and chemicals that have been banned in countries around the world. This dinner option is probably one of the worst supermarket buys with no nutritional value.”

34. Pre-grilled chicken breasts

While you’ll undoubtedly save a lot of time in the kitchen with pre-grilled chicken products, it’s not a healthy option. Just ask nutritionist Janine Whiteson. As she explained, “Pre-cooked chicken is often loaded with lots of bad stuff to make it have a longer shelf life – all the while reducing your life! All that added sodium will bloat you for days.”

33. Smartfood white cheddar popcorn


For some of us, flavored popcorn is far tastier than the salted or butter options. Yet one of those products will put a strain on your long-term health if you eat them by the bucket. We’re referring to the white cheddar flavor of Smartfood Popcorn. Eat This, Not That! reported that a serving of just under two cups contained over one-third of an ounce of fat.

32. Cheez-It Snack Mix double cheese

Who doesn’t love a snack every now and again? Mind you, if you delve into the nutritional information of certain products, you could very well lose your appetite. For instance, half a cup of the double cheese flavored Cheez-It Snack Mix will hit you with 360 milligrams of sodium.

31. Veggie wraps


Surely you can’t go wrong with a pack of veggie wraps? Well, nutritionist Janine Whiteson says they’re not as healthy as you’d think. She told Reader’s Digest, “A basic tortilla takes about four ingredients to construct – flour, water, oil and salt – but some brands, like one that claims to contain spinach, uses no fewer than 30 ingredients. Spinach falls under the ‘two percent or less’ portion of the ingredients statement.”

30. Oscar Mayer turkey bacon

Oscar Mayer’s turkey bacon might sound like an intriguing alternative to the standard rashers that you’d find at the store. But as per Eat This, Not That!, not all is as it seems. Surprisingly, they contain higher measurements of sodium and little protein in a single slice. Doesn’t sound very appetizing, right?

29. Nissin Chow Mein spicy chicken flavor


Noodles are one of the easiest things to prepare in the kitchen. But if you plump for Nissin Chow Mein’s spicy chicken product, you must take this on board. The CDC and MedLinePlus warn that you shouldn’t eat more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium or 22 grams of saturated fat each day. Shockingly, one bowl has ten grams of the latter and 1,300 milligrams of the former.

28. Lay’s sour cream & onion chips

Have you ever wondered what the nutritional breakdown is for a bag of potato chips? Well ponder no more. Although the results could put you off a little. For instance, 17 crisps in a pack of Lay’s sour cream & onion harbor ten grams of fat and 160 calories. We did warn you!

27. Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts brown sugar cinnamon flavor


Pop-Tarts are a tasty snack to enjoy throughout the day, but certain flavors won’t be too kind to your health. Take the brown sugar cinnamon option as an example. According to Eat This, Not That!, you’ll find 30 grams of sugar hiding away in two of them. That covers almost your entire daily recommended intake if you’re a man, and goes over it if you’re a woman. Yikes!

26. Reduced fat peanut butter

If you’re wondering what type of peanut butter to buy at the shops, Lindsey Pine has some advice to share. She told Reader’s Digest, “Reduced fat peanut butter may save you a few grams of fat, but the multiple types of added sugar and unnecessary fillers make it a very poor choice. So choose real, natural style peanut butter instead of the laboratory concoction.”

25. Boca All American XL veggie burger


At first glance, the Boca All American XL veggie burger might look like a healthier choice than the meaty alternatives. But have a peek at its nutritional value. While it harbors 26 grams of protein, a single patty also contains close to 1,000 milligrams of sodium as well. Who saw that coming?!

24. Hormel pepperoni

No pizza is complete without pepperoni, right? It’s absolutely delicious! At the same time, the tasty meat could impact your health in a rather negative way. For instance, Eat This, Not That! reported that 30 grams of Hormel’s product houses fat measurements of 14 grams and roughly 150 calories.

23. Bisquick pancake mix


When all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a few pancakes for breakfast. But the next time you look to pick up a mix from the store, think twice over Bisquick. Why? Well, by the company’s own admission, the boxes are full of partially hydrogenated oils. As per the Healthline website, “they increase ‘bad’ cholesterol and lower ‘good’ cholesterol.”

22. Creamy spinach dip

Whether you love it or hate it, spinach is one of the healthiest items on the market today. So creamy spinach dip must be just as nutritious, right? Apparently not. You see, food expert Neda Varbanova told Reader’s Digest that certain products house glutamate – otherwise referred to as MSG. This chemical can reportedly cause mental health issues and severe weight gain.

21. Yogurt-covered raisins


If you thought that yogurt-covered raisins wouldn’t have a negative impact on your health, we’ve got some bad news. Surprisingly, these nibbles are loaded with sugar and contain very little calcium. Plus you won’t find much fiber or protein in a pack either. That’s a lot of strikes against them.

20. Land O’Lakes sharp American singles

Shopping for cheese can be pretty challenging, as there’s plenty of choice on the shelves. Then again, some of those products could be avoided altogether. Eat This, Not That! noted that Land O’Lakes sharp American cheese slices fall under that category. Each piece boasts over 300 milligrams of sodium, so you can understand why.

19. Hillshire Farm smoked bratwurst


While bratwurst sausages are incredibly tasty, the Hillshire Farm products should be approached with caution. A single one contains more than 200 calories and roughly 520 milligrams of sodium. But the biggest concern relates to the fat measurements – it houses 19 grams. We’re sure you can find a healthier alternative.

18. Bottled peach tea

Flavored tea beverages really hit the spot. But the next time you pick up a bottled peach product, have a look at the ingredients. As per Reader’s Digest, some bottles harbor close to 40 grams of sugar. How bad is that? Well, it’s the equivalent of ten teaspoons. Oof!

17. Spam Lite


If you’re watching your weight, Spam Lite might appear to be a worthwhile investment. Because the can states that the fat and sodium measurements have been significantly lowered. But here’s the kicker. For every two ounces, you’ll still find 580 milligrams of the latter. And the tins are 12 ounces in total…

16. Kraft American cheese slices

When you buy cheese slices, you expect them to contain…well, cheese. Yet the Kraft American Singles are known as a “pasteurized prepared cheese product.” Simply put, they just need to be made up of 51 percent of the dairy item. As for the rest of the contents, you’ll spot things like whey and milk protein concentrate. That’s before you even get to the additives!

15. Wonder classic white bread


As you browse the bread aisles, you’re sure to spot the Wonder classic white loaves sitting on the shelves. But according to Eat This, Not That!, the product isn’t particularly nutritious. For instance, you’ll only get two grams of fiber from two slices. Not great is it?

14. Oscar Mayer smoked cooked ham

Struggling to think of a sandwich filler for your lunch? Well, some consumers can’t get enough of ham. With the right condiments, it’s irresistible! But the Oscar Mayer products are particularly salty. Each slice contains around 200 milligrams of sodium, so it all adds up if you eat more than one.

13. Lentil chips


To all the lentil chip fans out there, nutritionist Neda Varbanova has an alarming message. She told Reader’s Digest, “Just because a product is ‘gluten-free,’ ‘non-GMO,’ and a ‘great source of fiber’ doesn’t actually mean it’s good for you. Lentil chips sound healthy but contain potassium chloride, canola oil and calcium chloride – all ingredients that should make you think twice about picking it up.”

12. Bottled green tea

Regarding green tea products, a doctor named Adrienne Youdim spoke to Reader’s Digest. The nutrition expert said, “You may see trading your can of soft drink for a bottled tea as a healthy swap, but often bottled teas are high in sugar and even fructose corn syrup. Bottled green tea is essentially like drinking that can of soft drink you just gave up.”

11. Breakstone’s Cottage Doubles honey vanilla


For those who love it, cottage cheese is the ideal snack to munch on when hunger strikes. And now you can get hold of items with added flavor, like Breakstone’s Cottage Doubles. In the case of the honey vanilla product, though, you might want to check the label. One 4.7 ounce tub holds 13 grams of sugar and 400 milligrams of sodium. Is the taste worth it?

10. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

Are you looking to cut back on sugar? Well, you should probably think twice about Kellogg’s Honey Smacks then. According to Eat This, Not That!, you’ll find 14 grams of it in a one-and-a-quarter cup. And if that wasn’t enough, there are only two grams of fiber in there too.

9. Margarine


When it comes to classic spreads, you’re usually either a butter or a margarine person. And if you’re in the latter camp, Paul Salter has a warning. The dietitian told Reader’s Digest, “Margarine is high in trans fat, which has been shown to lower ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and raise ‘bad’ LDL (and total) cholesterol.”

8. Thomas cinnamon swirl bagels

Just like many products, the choice of bagels at the supermarket can get a little overwhelming. Yet Eat This, Not That! warned of one particular pack. As per the website, Thomas Cinnamon Swirls contain ten grams of sugar each, as well as fiber measurements of just three grams. Not the best combo, right?

7. Frozen whipped cream


On the subject of “lower fat” frozen whipped creams, Lindsey Pine made an interesting point to Reader’s Digest. She said, “Just because something seems to have less fat than the real thing doesn’t make it the better choice. Whipped toppings are mixtures of hydrogenated vegetable oils, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. Just eat real whipped cream to top your treat.”

6. Nissin Cup Noodles chicken flavor

If you were ever a college student, you’re sure to have picked up your fair share of cup noodles in the past. They’re so easy to prepare! Mind you, some of these products harbor horrifying figures. Brace yourselves. Eat This, Not That! flagged up that Nissin’s chicken flavor has 1,070 milligrams of sodium in a single container. Yes, you’re reading that correctly.

5. Bugles nacho cheese flavor


When you think of corn snacks, you’ll probably picture one brand in particular – Bugles! But if you grab the nacho cheese flavor at the store, bear this in mind. Their saturated fat contents are very high. In fact, Eat This, Not That! reported that a single helping makes up less than half of your recommended daily intake.

4. Johnsonville Beddar with Cheddar

Cheesy sausages – a unique concoction, wouldn’t you say? But even the mere thought of it makes you question how healthy those products really are. Using the Johnsonville Beddar with Cheddar as an example, a single sausage is worth 200 calories. It also carries 17 grams of fat and eight grams of protein. So yeah… They’re not ideal.

3. Canned spaghetti and meatballs


Like the look of a can of spaghetti and meatballs? Well, regardless of how enticing the cover can be, Neda Varbanova had a warning. She informed Reader’s Digest, “The colors are fun but there’s nothing healthy about this concoction.” Specifically, they’re full of sugar and sodium.

2. Horizon shredded cheddar cheese

If there ever comes a time when you want to grab some shredded cheese, try to think again. As reported by Eat This, Not That!, bags of Horizon in particular are infused with cellulose – otherwise known as wood chip powder. Yes, really. Apparently it stops the cheddar from “caking.” Doesn’t sound very appetizing does it?

1. Buddig original beef


Beef slices are great sandwich fillers, but Buddig’s packs leave a lot to be desired on the nutritional front. You see, two ounces contain seven grams of fat and three grams of saturated fat. As for the sodium measurements, they reach 600 milligrams. That’s pretty hefty! Surely you can find a better option?