Foods To Avoid

You don’t have to be a Nutritionist to know that an apple will better for your body than a cupcake but what about the latest ‘high protein’ bars, ‘low carb’ bread and ‘zero sugar’ beverages?

I can tell you something for free. Whenever a food company brands a food product as ‘healthy’ by calling it one of those things, it is more often than not actually full of rubbish.

Take the time to read the ingredients listed on the foods that you buy and if they  contain more than 5 ingredients, or you are unable to pronounce some of the ingredients.. it’s probably not ‘real’ food. 

Here is a list of a few specific foods to avoid, based on what we Brits like to eat.

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Gammon
  • Pâté
  • Frankfurters
  • Sausages (you can find ‘clean’ sausages)
  • Pastry – Pies, Pasties, Sausage Rolls etc
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad Cream
  • Chutney
  • Jam (containing sugar)
  • Peanut Butter (containing sugar)
  • Cakes
  • Biscuits
  • Cookies
  • Crisps
  • Ready Meals
  • Sweets
  • White Bread
  • White Rice
  • White Pasta
  • White Flour
  • White Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Tea (If do not wish to cut this out completely, try to cut down to 1-2 cups a day)
  • Coffee (If you do not wish to cut this out completely, try to cut down and aim for 1-2 cups a day)
  • Ice Cream
  • Jelly
  • Custard
  • Yoghurts (containing sugar)
  • Cereals (containing sugar)
  • Chocolate bars
  • Cereal bars
  • Squash Drinks
  • Energy Drinks
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Take Aways/Fast Food
  • Tinned convenience foods like; Baked Beans, Tinned Spaghetti, Ravioli, Tinned Soup, Mushy Peas, Corned Beef, Rice Pudding, Tinned Fruit in Syrup etc.
  • Frozen convenience food like: Chips, Waffles, Wedges, Breaded Meat and Fish, Battered Meat and Fish, Pizzas, Sausage Rolls etc.


When reading labels on food, you will know to avoid it if it contains:

  • Additives and Preservatives (E numbers)
  • Artificial sweetners (aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose)
  • Artificial flavours and colours
  • Sugar (a few of its hidden forms; glucose, sucrose, maltose, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, fructose)
  • White Flour (unless it states ‘whole wheat’ will be white)
  • Trans Fats / Hydrogenated Fat
  • Anything you cannot pronounce!

© Charlie Mace

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    2nd June 2016 at 12:51 pm

    “Anything you cant pronounce!”

    So no edamame beans?

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    Carol Ann stledger
    22nd October 2016 at 6:18 pm

    I am going to try clean eating I will have to go shopping next week I want to lose weight for the new year

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    Marie Giddings
    30th December 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I’m in

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    Alexandra Gray
    17th January 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Why do you not recommend Tea and Coffee?

    Kind regards,

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    Jo brett
    2nd February 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Please add me to your mailing list

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    17th February 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I wondered if you could advise which would be “cleaner” to eat – Total Greek Yoghurt or Organic Natural Yoghurt?

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    Dephinah Sirako
    22nd June 2018 at 8:45 am

    Well, that is wonderful information

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    1st September 2021 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the list. Even though most are obvious it is good to have a reference list when trying out something new for the first time. So, yeah I am on a clean diet mission. And this is useful to show my kids when they are insisting on fruit juice in a carton or a fizzy drink. LOL.

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