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It’s confusing, isn’t it?  You go to the supermarket and you’re trying to buy healthy foods, but who can understand all the lingo, right?  Whole grain, multi-grains, low fat, fat free, reduced fat and on and on and on.  Figuring out the supermarket can be very frustrating, that’s why I decided to post this article about some of the worst supermarket foods that you need to avoid.  I hope this helps simplify things just a little.

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Don’t believe me? Then meet Tim Wadsworth. He stripped 92 pounds of flab off his body in just 12 months by walking a little more and flipping through Eat This, Not That! on his weekly trips to the local supermarket.

What Tim learned is that the supermarket is like a county fair. Roll your cart down the aisles and you’re assaulted by bright lights, enticing smells, and shameless hucksterism (“Nine vitamins and minerals! Everyone’s a winner!”). The typical supermarket boasts roughly 45,000 unique food items, and nearly every one presents itself as healthier than it truly is, with fancy fonts, earthtone colors, and misleading front-of-package images to convince you that they’re better than flab-forming junk foods. Tim learned not to fall for it—to listen to his brain instead of his stomach. You can, too.

Consider these 10 popular grocery items. By choosing slightly different versions of them, you can save more than 3,800 calories. That’s more than a pound of weight loss in one day’s shopping trip. If you go to the market twice a week, like most Americans, you’d save enough calories to lose—I’m not kidding—more than 100 pounds in the coming year. When you know the smartest choices to make when it comes to your favorite foods, it’s easy to melt belly fat without dieting.

#10: Worst “Healthy” Frozen Entrée

Healthy Choice Roasted Sesame Chicken

440 calories
9 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
470 mg sodium
23 g sugars
Reality check: The name says roasted chicken, but read the fine print and you see the meat is coated in flour and then cooked in vegetable oil (Which cooking oil is healthiest?). Sounds an awful lot like fried chicken, doesn’t it? Then Healthy Choice soaks the pasta in pineapple juice and coats the fruit side dish in a sweetened syrup to deliver a candy bar’s worth of sugar. Healthy? Hardly.
SUGAR EQUIVALENT: 3 Krispy Kreme Traditional Cake Donuts
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Kashi Southwest Style Chicken

310 calories
5 g fat (1 g saturated)
680 mg sodium
3 g sugars

#9: Worst Packaged Side

Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo (1 cup prepared with 2% milk and margarine)

450 calories
24 g fat (7 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
1,050 mg sodium
Bonus: 12 Free Tools for a Better Body!Alfredo is bad enough as it is, but Pasta Roni’s version compounds the nutritional negligence with partially hydrogenated oil, monosodium glutamate, and a smattering of artificial colors. Each serving of this side dish has a meal’s worth of calories, two-thirds of your day’s sodium allotment, and 2 days’ worth of trans fats. Save yourself by boiling your own pasta and tossing it with olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan.
SODIUM EQUIVALENT: 97 Cheez-Its

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Pasta Roni Butter & Herb Italiano (1 cup prepared)


300 calories
11 g fat (3 g saturated)
780 mg sodium

#8: Worst Pie

Marie Callender’s Southern Pecan Pie (113 g)

450 calories
23 g fat (4 g saturated, 3 g trans)
44 g sugarsWith three separate uses of partially hydrogenated oil and shortening, Marie Callender creates a slice of pie with more trans fat than you should eat in 36 hours and as much sugar as 97 M&M’s. Regardless of brand, remember these two pie rules: Pecan pie is almost always the worst choice, and pumpkin is usually the best. (Instead of chowing down on this bad-for-you packaged treat, check out 7 Healthy Foods as Sweet as Candy)
FAT EQUIVALENT: 71 Chili Cheese Fritos
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Sara Lee Oven Fresh Pumpkin Pie (131 g)

260 calories
10 g fat (4 g saturated)
20 g sugars

#7: Worst Kids’ Meal

Lunchables with Juice, Nachos, Cheese Dip + Salsa

480 calories
21 g fat (4 g saturated)
850 mg sodium
For all the heat school lunch programs have been taking lately, it’s hard to imagine cafeteria slop being any worse than what’s inside this box. The ingredient list reads like a college organic chemistry final, littered as it is with bizarre preservatives, fillers, sweeteners, and partially hydrogenated oil. The hardest part is deciding which part of the Lunchable is the worst: the sugary Capri Sun, the Nestle Crunch bar, or the neon-orange cheese goo. Isn’t it worth an extra few minutes to make sure your children go off to school with the best possible food in their bags?
CALORIE EQUIVALENT: 6 Applegate Farms Natural Beef Hot Dogs
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Lunchables with Fruit, Ham + American Cracker Stackers

290 calories
10 g fat (4 g saturated)
570 mg sodium
20 g sugars

#6: Worst Individual Snack

Hostess Pudding Pie, Chocolate

520 calories
24 g fat (12 g saturated)
40 g sugars
Skip past the enriched flour and water on the ingredients list and here’s what you get: shortening, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, modified corn starch, butter, chocolate liqueur, and on and on. Any one of these ingredients alone might prompt you to raise an eyebrow, but taken together they should invoke a gag reflex and a sprint for a new snack fix. (Bonus: 15 Healthy Grab-and-Go Snacks)
CALORIE EQUIVALENT: 5 Good Humor Cookie & Cream Bars
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Little Debbie Pecan Spinwheels

100 calories
3.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
7 g sugars

#5: Worst Breakfast

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls Pancakes & Sausage Links

710 calories
34 g fat (12 g saturated)
1,000 mg sodium
35 g sugars
Fat and sodium are the usual villains in Southern-style breakfasts, and both are in full force in JD’s Pancakes & Sausage Links bowl. But here’s the kicker: It also contains more syrupy sugar than a liquefied Snickers bar. You’d be better off eating two McDonald’s Sausage Burritos soaked in sugar than you would be heating this container up.
CALORIE EQUIVALENT: 13 Little Debbie Powdered Mini Donuts
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Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Muffin

260 calories
8 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
760 mg sodium
3 g sugars

#4: Worst Stir-Fry/Skillet

Stouffer’s Sautes for Two, Steak Gorgonzola (1/2 package)

730 calories
26 g fat (14 g saturated)
950 mg sodium
This is the perfect meal—if you’re dining with a mortal enemy. But if your table partner is someone you care about, spare him or her the nutritional assault. In total, this bag contains 1,460 calories and nearly one and a half times the saturated fat you should eat in an entire day. The reason: prime rib (among the fattiest cuts of beef) and four different cheeses.
SATURATED FAT EQUIVALENT: 5 Taco Bell Fresco Bean Burritos
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Bertolli Tuscan-Style Braised Beef with Gold Potatoes (1/2 package)

310 calories
11 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
920 mg sodium

#3: Worst Frozen Pizza

DiGiorno Traditional Crust Supreme Pizza

790 calories
36 g fat (14 g saturated)
1,460 mg sodium
DiGiorno’s line of Traditional Crust individual pizzas tops this category year after year, and for good reason. It has far more calories, sodium, and fat than any other pie in the freezer. (Related:3 Types of Pizza You Should Never Eat) Not even the company’s newer stuffed crust individual pizzas are worse. The company’s slogan may be “It’s not delivery. It’s DiGiorno,” but you’re definitely better off ordering Domino’s than you are tussling with this pie.
SODIUM EQUIVALENT: 1 pound of oil-roasted peanuts
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DiGiorno 200 Calorie Portions, Pepperoni Pizza (1 pizza)

400 calories
18 g fat (8 g saturated)
1,040 mg sodium

#2: Worst Frozen Entrée

Hungry-Man Select Classic Fried Chicken

1,030 calories
62 g fat (14 g saturated)
1,610 mg sodium
It should come as no surprise that Hungry-Man continues to find its way down to the bottom of our Worst Foods lists. But what is surprising is that these atrocious numbers don’t tell the whole story of just how bad this brand can be. Sure, the calories, fat, and sodium are outrageous, but what concerns us most is that Hungry-Man fails to list trans fats on its nutrition label, despite federal regulations requiring it. And the thing is, every component of this plate—aside from the corn—contains a dose of partially hydrogenated oil, the source of trans fats.
CALORIE EQUIVALENT: 8.5 KFC Original Recipe Drumsticks
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Stouffer’s Signature Classics Fried Chicken
340 calories
16 g fat (4.5 g saturated)
810 mg sodium

#1: Worst Packaged Food

Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie (1 pie)

1,140 calories
72 g fat (28 g saturated)
1,760 mg sodium
Don’t fall for the nutritional sleight of hand: The company lists a serving as half of a pie, but few people are going to split what essentially is a single-person dish. Equally egregious is what’s inside. Chicken fat is one of the first ingredients, followed by a bevy of oils, cream, cheese, and finally a string of unpronounceable chemicals that you might confuse with hazardous wastes. And the thing is, you wouldn’t be far off.
CALORIE EQUIVALENT: Nine 12-ounce bottles of Guinness Draught
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Banquet Chicken Pot Pie (1 pie)

370 calories
21 g fat (8 g saturated)
1,040 mg sodium
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