1) High Fructose Corn Syrup (minimize FRUCTOSE in any form: fruit, honey, agave nectar etc...)
2) Artificial Sweeteners (Splenda, Aspartame, Equal, diet sodas)
3) Trans Fats (partially hydrogenated and fully hydrogenated oils)
4) White, starchy foods (white bread, white flour etc..)
These four things are making Americans fatter and more unhealthy each and everyday. You need to read ALL of your ingredient labels and make sure that none of these ingredients are in your foods.
Trans Fats are VERY tricky because they will list ZERO trans fat on the nutritional label, but it will contain partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients. This is because if food has less than .5g of trans fats in their product they can list the product as having ZERO trans fats. The problem here is if you eat MORE than one serving, which most Americans do, then you will be consuming multiple grams of trans fat.
Artificial sweeteners are extremely poisonous to your body. Not only are they extremely harmful chemicals, they trick your body into thinking it is receiving calories when in reality you aren't. See my post on Aspartame.
White starchy foods are empty calories with no nutrition. They bleach the flour, which chemically alters the ingredients they use in your food.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY FOOD THAT YOU ARE IFFY ABOUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I AM HERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND GIVE YOU MY PERSONAL OPINION!