30 Foods You Should NEVER Buy From The Grocery Store

30 Foods You Should NEVER Buy From The Grocery Store

When it comes to grocery shopping, most of us aim for convenience, flavour, and, hopefully, nutrition. But sometimes, what's on the shelves might not be the best choice for our health, wallet, or taste buds. Here's a list of 30 foods that are better left in the store, along with reasons why skipping them can be a smart move.

1. Pre-cut Fruits and Vegetables

Pre-cut fruits and veggies might save you time, but they often come with a hefty price tag and a shorter shelf life. The packaging can also lead to a loss of nutrients and flavour. You're better off buying whole produce and cutting it yourself.

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2. Bottled Water

Bottled water is not only more expensive than tap water; it's also less eco-friendly due to the plastic waste. If you're concerned about water quality, invest in a good filter for your home tap.

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3. Soda

Soda is loaded with sugar and empty calories, offering no nutritional benefits. Regular consumption can lead to health issues like obesity and diabetes. Opt for water, tea, or natural juices instead.

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4. Processed Baked Goods

Those pre-packaged cakes and cookies are tempting, but they're often full of preservatives, artificial flavours, and trans fats. Homemade baked goods are healthier and taste better without all the added junk.

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5. Frozen Dinners

Frozen dinners may be convenient, but they're usually high in sodium and preservatives. They also tend to be less satisfying than a meal you cook yourself. Cooking in bulk and freezing portions is a healthier and cheaper alternative.

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6. Canned Soup

Like frozen dinners, canned soups are often high in sodium and preservatives. Making soup at home is easy, allows for better control of ingredients, and can be frozen for future meals.

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7. Instant Noodles

Instant noodles are a quick meal but are high in sodium, preservatives, and often lack nutritional value. Preparing a simple pasta dish with fresh ingredients is just as easy and much healthier.

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8. Energy Drinks

Energy drinks can provide a quick boost but are loaded with sugar and caffeine. Overconsumption can lead to heart issues and anxiety. Natural energy sources like fruits or a small cup of coffee are better choices.

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9. Pre-packaged Salad Mixes

Pre-packaged salad mixes often cost more per serving than buying the greens separately. They also have a shorter shelf life and can harbor bacteria. Washing and chopping your greens ensures freshness and safety.

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10. Store-Bought Salad Dressings

Bottled dressings are convenient but can be full of sugar, sodium, and preservatives. Making your dressing is easy, healthier, and lets you tailor the flavor to your liking.

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11. Flavoured Yogurt

Flavoured yogurts often contain a lot of added sugar. Opting for plain Greek yogurt and adding fresh fruit or honey provides the sweetness with more control over sugar intake.

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12. Spice Mixes

Pre-made spice mixes can contain hidden salt, sugar, and additives. Mixing your spices allows for customization and ensures you're only adding what you want to your dishes.

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13. Pre-sliced Cheese

Pre-sliced cheese is more expensive and can contain additives to prevent sticking. Buying a block and slicing it yourself is more cost-effective and tastes fresher.

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14. Pre-made Smoothies

Store-bought smoothies may seem healthy, but they can be loaded with sugar. Making smoothies at home lets you control the ingredients and adjust to your dietary needs.

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15. Packaged Deli Meats

Packaged deli meats are convenient but can be high in sodium and preservatives. Opting for freshly sliced meats from the deli counter is a healthier choice.

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16. Bagged Popcorn

Bagged popcorn is often loaded with unhealthy fats and salt. Air-popping your kernels at home is easy, cheaper, and allows you to control the toppings.

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17. Vegetable Oils

Many vegetable oils are highly processed and can contain unhealthy fats. Opting for healthier fats like olive oil or coconut oil can be better for your heart health.

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18. Microwave Popcorn

Similar to bagged popcorn, microwave popcorn often contains unhealthy fats and chemicals in the lining of the bags. Again, air-popping is a safer, healthier option.

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19. Breakfast Cereals

Many breakfast cereals are high in sugar and low in fiber. Choosing whole grains and adding your fruit can provide a more nutritious start to your day.

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20. Instant Oatmeal Packets

Instant oatmeal packets are convenient but often come with a lot of added sugar. Buying plain oats and adding your toppings is healthier and just as quick.

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21. Jarred Tomato Sauce

Pre-made tomato sauces can have a lot of added sugar and sodium. Making your sauce with canned tomatoes is easy and allows you to control the ingredients.

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22. Frozen Pizza

Frozen pizzas are a quick solution but can be high in calories, sodium, and preservatives. Homemade pizza is healthier and can be a fun activity.

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23. Diet Foods

Foods labeled as "diet" or "light" can be misleading and may contain artificial sweeteners or other additives. Focusing on whole foods is a better approach to healthy eating.

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24. White Bread

White bread is made from refined grains and lacks nutrients found in whole-grain bread. Opting for whole grain provides more fiber and nutrients.

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25. Fruit Snacks

Fruit snacks may seem like a healthy option, but they're often just candy in disguise, loaded with sugar and artificial colors. Real fruit is a healthier and tastier choice.

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26. Granola Bars

Many granola bars are more dessert than snack, packed with sugar and additives. Looking for bars with whole ingredients or making your own can be healthier options.

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27. Boxed Macaroni and Cheese

The convenience of boxed mac and cheese is tempting, but it's often high in sodium and artificial colors. Homemade mac and cheese is tastier and can be made with real ingredients.

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28. Artificial Sweeteners

While they may offer a calorie-free alternative to sugar, artificial sweeteners can have negative effects on your gut health and cravings. Natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup are better in moderation.

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29. Pre-made Pie Crusts

Pre-made pie crusts are a time-saver, but they can contain trans fats and preservatives. Making your crust is easier than you might think and tastes much better.

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30. Non-Dairy Creamers

Non-dairy creamers can contain a long list of artificial ingredients and trans fats. Opting for milk or plant-based milks offers a cleaner creamer option for your coffee.

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