Foods To Avoid

Foods To Avoid

Savvy Supplement Shopper 

Are gummy multivitamins worth buying? How can a frequently-advertised dietary supplement flunk its single trial yet still be advertised as effective? Savvy Supplement Shopper is a blog by CSPI senior staff scientist David Schardt that aims to parse the good from the bad from the truly awful in the supplement aisle.

10 Worst Foods

Are these the absolute worst foods in the world?  Not quite.  But CSPI’s nutritionists survey restaurants and supermarkets annually.  And these ten foods are emblematic of the kinds of packaged and restaurant foods that are contributing to America’s obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates.  Read more.

Sugary drinks 

Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are nutritionally worthless and promote diabetes, obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, and other health problems.  Though soda sales are in decline, sugary drinks are still the single leading source of calories and added sugars in the American Diet.  Read more.

Trans fat  

Some trans fat occurs naturally in milk and meat, but the artificial kind comes from partially hydrogenated oils. Trans fat raises one’s bad cholesterol and lowers one’s good cholesterol, making it a powerful promoter of heart disease. Read more.

Xtreme Eating: America's Worst Restaurant Meals

CSPI’s nutritionists are always scanning the nation’s chain restaurants, identifying restaurant meals especially high in calories, saturated fat, or sodium.  The Xtreme Eating Awards are conferred annually in CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter.  If you’re headed to a big national chain like The Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, or Romano’s Macaroni Grill chances are you’ll find some “winners” of this award here. See 2018. See 2017See 2016. See 2015.  See 2014


Advice for Pregnant Women 

Eating nutritious foods is especially important during pregnancy.  But certain foods are especially susceptible to contamination with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which poses particular risks to you and the fetus.  Read more.

Big Fat Myths

You may have read the sensational headlines lately proclaiming that “butter is back” and other foods high in saturated fat (like beef, pork, and cheese) are not so bad for us after all. Find out why these claims are false. Read more.