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9 Foods You Should Never Buy Again

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Flashy packaging, great advertising or convenience are the reasons many of us buy certain foods. However, there are some foods you should never buy again because they may not be what you think.
Foods You Should Never Buy Again

Things aren’t always what they seem

There are many times when in the grocery store our eyes and stomach win over our brains. Let’s face it, flashy packaging and good advertising help drive us to buy things that maybe we don’t need, want or should use. Most of the time that is harmless, other’s it might actually be bad in the long run. So that’s why I’ve put together a list of foods You should Never Buy Again. The reasons might surprise you, some may even shock you. With a drive to eat healthier and make better choices in our lives, crossing these foods off our grocery list may be the much needed step in the right direction many of us need.

Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

 I remember when I was in my late teens early 20’s I lived on that stuff because fat is bad right? Wrong. Regular unsweetened peanut butter is actually healthier and processed faster by your body than Reduced Fat Peanut butter. This product is just a marketing gimmick to help all of us trying to cut fat. What you’re really getting a product high in sugar, which in excess turns to fat.

“Blueberry” products

As delicious as it may sound you’re not getting the real deal. So if you’re buying blueberry cereal, granola bars or muffins you’re probably getting sugar and food coloring formed into a blueberry. Instead buy your own blueberries and add them to your favorite foods. That is unless you like to eat science experiments 😀

Trail Mix

 Pre made trail mix is super convenient to buy, but is it worth it? Well if you check the unit price you’ll find it costs about $10 a pound. Most of the time there’s something you really don’t want in your trail mix and end up picking it out. So easy solution? Make your own for much, much less with a 1-pound can of dry roasted peanuts, 1 cup of raisins, and a handful of almonds, dried fruit, and candy coated chocolate.  Best of all you can add more of or leave out products you don’t want. Put them in ziploc bags or reusable snack bags and you’ll be ready for when hunger strikes.

Multi Grain Bread

 I remember taking a class in college on nutrition and was so surprised to find certain foods weren’t what they appeared.  We’re conditioned to think Whole Grain is better, so multi grain must be even more amazing right? Wrong! You’re really just getting a few grains mixed in with white bread.

Wood Foods

 You heard right if you take a look at the ingredient list for your high-fiber cereal or snack bar, you’ll probably see an ingredient called “cellulose.” Cellulose is a code word for “wood pulp.” Food manufacturers use it to extend their products and add fiber, so it looks like you’re getting more food. But really you’re just left with a mouthful of wood shavings. So instead of turning into a termite, check your ingredients list before purchasing.

Swordfish

 This one has been a no brainier for me. It’s very high in mercury.  Instead check out fish that are smaller fish like tuna or halibut

Gluten Free baked goods

If you don’t have Celiac’s disease or Gluten Intolerance buying this is just a waste of money and you’re really not getting any nutritional benefits. You’re actually getting more empty calories and sugar. Sure it’s trendy to go gluten free but do it where it counts and not in products that will just give you empty calories.

Powdered Tea

 It may sound convenient and sometimes tasty to make powdered tea. Especially when you grew up in the era of Kool-aid. However, powdered Tea is chocked full of sugar and artificial flavors that are less than ideal. Want a delicious glass of tea? You can make it using Tea bags for half the cost and sugar! There’s nothing more delicious than some sun tea or a pitcher of freshly brewed ice tea. You’ll just enjoy the delicious flavors and not worry about the unhealthy stuff in it.

Microwave Popcorn

I’m not going to lie, this one is a hard one. The convenience factor alone makes this food worth it. However, when you read what you get in microwave popcorn it isn’t good. First, you have a perfluorooctanoic acid-lined bag, synthetic butter flavor and other ingredients that transform a light snack into a junk food.Want the quick easy snack without the junk? Buy some raw popping corn and pop it with a splash of olive oil in a covered bowl in the microwave and voila you have a delicious fast snack.

Many of these are convenient to buy and may be hard to get rid but getting rid of at least one will make a big difference in your pocket book and body. 

Looking for other great tips? Check out how to make homemade pop tarts!! 

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16 Comments

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  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    Wow! Great stuff to know! Thanks for sharing!

    April 15, 2018 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    It’ll be hard to not buy some of these because I tend to buy whatever looks attractive to me. But I’ll keep your tips in mind the next time I shop.

    May 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Calvin F.

    Agree with most the tips, but coconut oil is best for microwaving popcorn, olive oils aren’t good when heated.

    May 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    I did stop with the microwave popcorn a couple of years ago. Most of these I already avoided but thanks for the reminders.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Whoa somehow my comment went through as Tina Alexander lol!! So weird!! This one is mine though!!!

    Oooh we are going to struggle with the popcorn as well!! Its a main snack at our house!! We LOVE it!!

    May 2, 2017 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Tina Alexander

    Oooh we are going to struggle with the popcorn as well!! Its a main snack at our house!! We LOVE it!!

    May 2, 2017 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Tina Alexander

    Microwave Popcorn is our main snack so that’s really a difficult one to let go of! Everything else on the list I rarely purchase. Your alternative to buying the microwave popcorn is a great idea because I never thought of it.

    May 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Cindy S.

    Love the info and details given on this post! Very appreciated!

    April 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Cindy S.

    Lots of surprises here! Thanks for sharing. Never would have guessed some of these and I feel enlightened!

    April 30, 2017 at 9:17 am
  • Reply ellen beck

    Microwave popcorn would be a toughie. I admit I do like it. I also worked in a factory years ago that made it so do know the oil isnt that great for you.

    April 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Lynne B

    My daughter and I were just talking about making our own trail mix. It would be so much cheaper!

    April 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply barbg

    Wow! So glad I read this post. I didn’t realiza that about the fat free peanut butter and I am diabetic so really happy to find that tip out. Shame on the manufacturers for doing that to us. I do agree too that I only buy 100% whole wheat bread now wjich is harder to find for some reason.

    April 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Deborah D

    I never knew about the reduced fat peanut butter. Thanks for letting me know because the regular tastes so much better.

    April 29, 2017 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Alina

    I pop my corn in the microwave too! No nasty ingredients, just corn and olive or coconut oil.

    April 28, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Dana Rodriguez

    Interesting article! I didn’t know what cellulose was…ewwww. And powdered tea?? That is another ewww! I didn’t even know that was still around. Nothing better than some fresh brewed tea!

    April 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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