5 foods to dump ASAP!

Foods with unhealthy, weird side effects, packaged snacks targeted for fit consumers, do more damage to your health than you think, or care to admit.

Foods you should not eat

Foods with unhealthy, weird side effects, packaged snacks targeted for fit consumers, do more damage to your health than you think, or care to admit.

Aside from keeping your abs covered in a layer of fat, the preservatives and potentially dangerous chemicals in them can cause a slew of long term problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

These 5 foods have no place in your diet if you plan to keep those flabs at bay.

Go through the list and take note of the ones you eat on the regular, then there are lesser-known bad-for-you foods like soy and certain fish.

You need to remove them from your food plan ASAP!

Shark meat

This is awfully unhealthy, according to a CNN report.

When consumed, the mercury levels in shark meat can cause coordination loss, blindness, even death. Scientists believe sharks have such a dangerously high mercury content because they prey on large quantities of small fish.

To be safe, stay away from swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish, too; these varieties also have high levels of mercury, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines.

Feast on shrimp, light canned tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish instead.


Too much soy could have unfortunate side effects for men. According to a study published in the Oxford Journal, men who consumed just half a serving of soy-based foods daily over the span of three months had 41 million sperm/ml less than men who didn’t consume soy foods at all (the average concentration of sperm ranges between 80 and 120 million/ml).

Researchers believe isoflavones—plant compounds with estrogen-like effects—found in soybeans may be to blame. If you're a vegan or a vegetarian, look to other meatfree muscle-building foods.

Baked foods

Doughnuts, cake, cookies, and muffins, are potential sugar bombs. One measly donut will cost you anywhere from 200 to 500 calories and packs 25 to 50 grams of sugar. Chocolate chip cookies yield 160 calories and 8 grams of fat.

Whether you’re hitting up the local bakery or making a batch yourself, any and all baked goods will cause rapid weight gain and poor digestive function.

Sugary cereal

Most breakfast cereals, even the ones that aren’t neon or loaded with marshmallows, are sugar-laden. This, in addition to high gluten content, is a sure-fire way to cause inflammation in your stomach lining.

Opt for oatmeal instead; and be sure to go for steel-cut oats, not the prepackaged packets, those are just as bad for you.

White chocolate

Not all chocolate is created equal. In this case, the health benefits among varieties are black and white. Dark chocolate is an excellent antioxidant-filled superfood and the healthiest variety of chocolate.

Milk chocolate is less nutritious and contains more milk and dairy fat than dark chocolate; and white chocolate is the worst in terms of health benefits—a 3 oz. serving has 50 grams of sugar.

Eat too much sugar and you can suffer tooth decay and obesity. For the most part, stay away from the sweet stuff but when you need a chocolate fix, opt for a 1 oz. piece of dark chocolate.

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