Grocery aisles are pretty overwhelming. And if you’re someone who is just getting started learning how to cook meals at home or who is trying to eat healthy while on a budget, shopping can get tricky. Which foods should you buy? Which foods should you just make at home? How much rice is enough for a week’s worth of recipes?
But on top of all those logistics, there’s the whole health thing to worry about. Product packaging can make things more confusing with health claims that look legitimate but are actually totally bogus or confusing nutrition labels that are difficult for consumers to discerningly read.
At the end of the day, eating a variety of foods and trying new recipes that sound and look delicious is your best bet. The minutiae of exactly what you eat at exactly what time for exactly how many calories won’t make much of a difference at the end of the day. It’s paying attention to how you feel, what you crave, and how your body reacts to certain foods that’s most important.
But we don’t want to leave you totally in the dark. So we asked a few nutritionists and some registered dietitians what foods they steer clear of at the grocery store. Of course, nutritionists have some wacky diet habits of their own. And everyone’s preferences — and dietary needs — are different, so take these nutritionists’ advice with a grain of salt. But of everything on the shelves, here’s what you’ll never see in these nutritionists’ carts.