20 Worst Packaged Foods & 10 Best Healthy Foods

I was browsing through Half Price Books not long ago and discovered a fantastic, awesome hidden treasure. A series of easy to read books authored by David Zinczenko, who is the editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine published by the amazing Rodale Press.

The name of the book series is Eat This, Not That! This series includes The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution!, The Kitchen Survival Guide, The Supermarket Survival Guide and one version especially for kids. The wealth of information in these books is invaluable to anyone who wishes to lose weight, but more importantly improve their health through quality nutrition.

Here's a sample from Chapter 1, page five of The Kitchen Survival Guide. It's called Best Foods Index.

    •    Best food for your brain: Blueberries
    •    Best food for all-day energy: Quinoa
    •    Best food after a workout: Greek Yogurt
    •    Best food for boosting your mood: Salmon
    •    Beat food for healthy skin: Almonds
    •    Best food for surviving flu season: Red Bell Pepper
    •    Best food to fight cavities: Cheese
    •    Best food for your sexual health: Dark Chocolate
    •    Best food to keep your joints greased: Spinach
    •    Best food to squash stress: Strawberries

The next list is from the The Supermarket Survival Guide. Titled The 20 Worst Packaged Foods in America. You will learn what not to eat, why and a preferable alternative that will allow you to avoid high calorie items, but still eat the food you enjoy most.

20. Worst Crunchy Snack: Gardetto's Special Request Roasted Garlic Rye Chips
Fat Equivalent: 3 strips of bacon
Eat This Instead: Snyder's of Hanover Sourdough Nibblers

19.Worst Cookie: Pillsbury Big Deluxe Classics White Chunk Macadamia Nut
Fat Equivalent: 5 fun size 3 Musketeers bars
Eat This Instead: Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

18. Worst Yogurt: Stonyfield Farm Whole Milk Chocolate Underground
Sugar Equivalent: 4 Cherry Popsicles
Eat This Instead: Breyers' Cookies n'Cream YoCrunch Lowfat with Oreo Pieces

17. Worst Candy: Twix
Saturated Fat Equivalent: 11 strips of bacon
Eat This Instead: 100 Grand bar

16. Worst Condiment: Eggo Original Syrup
Sugar Equivalent: Two Haagen-Dazs Vanilla & Almond ice cream bars
Eat This Instead: Smucker's Sugar Free Breakfast Syrup

15. Worst Ice Cream: Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter
Fat Equivalent: 1 McDonald's Double Cheeseburger
Eat This Instead: Edy's Slow Churned Peanut Butter Cup

14. Worst Drink: AriZona Kiwi Strawberry
Sugar Equivalent: 4 Original Fudgesicle Bars
Drink This Instead: Tropicana Lime Raspberry Fruit Squeeze

13. Worst "Healthy" Pantry Item: Pop-Tarts Whole Grain Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Sugar Equivalent: 1 Snickers bar
Eat This Instead: Sun-Maid Raisin English Muffins with Cinnamon

12. Worst Frozen "Healthy" Entree: Healthy Choice Complete Selections Sweet & Sour Chicken
Sugar Equivalent: 2 scoops Breyers Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream
Eat This Instead: Kashi Southwest Style Chicken

11. Worst Cereal: Quaker 100% Natural Granola, Oats, Honey & Raisins
Calorie Equivalent: 8 chicken wings
Eat This Instead: Kashi GOLEAN

10. Worst Packaged Side: Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo
Sodium Equivalent: 4 medium orders of McDonald's French fries
Eat This Instead: Pasta Roni Nature's Way Olive Oil & Italian Herb

9. Worst Baked Good: Otis Spunkmeyer Banana Nut Muffins
Sugar Equivalent: 3 1/2 Rice Krispies Treats
Eat This Instead: Vitalicious Apple Berry Muffin

8. Worst Frozen Treat: Toll House Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
Calorie Equivalent: Two slices of hand -tossed pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut
Eat This Instead: Skinny Cow Low Fat Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich

7. Worst Individual Snack: Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie
Saturated Fat Equivalent: 2 McDonald's Quarter Pounders
Eat This Instead: Chocolatey Drizzle Rice Krispies Treat

6. Worst Packaged Lunch: Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker combo Lunchables
Calorie Equivalent: 15 Chicken McNuggets
Eat This Instead: Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Fajita Beef & Salsa Flatbread

5. Worst Stir-Fry: Bertolli Grilled Chicken Alfredo & Fettuccine Complete Skillet Meal for Two
Saturated Fat Equivalent: 22 strips of bacon
Eat This Instead: Birds Eye Steamfresh Meats for Two Grilled Chicken in Roasted Garlic Sauce

4. Worst Frozen Breakfast: Jimmy Dean Pancake and Sausage Links Breakfast Bowls
Calorie Equivalent: 6 bowls of Froot Loops
Eat This Instead: Jimmy Dean D-Lights Breakfast Bowls Turkey Sausage

3. Worst Frozen Pizza: DiGiorno for One Garlic Bread Crust Supreme Pizza
Calorie Equivalent: 6 slices Domino's Thin N Crispy Cheese Pizza
Eat This Instead: South Beach Diet Deluxe Pizza

2. Worst Frozen Entree: Hungry-Man Classic Fried Chicken
Calorie Equivalent: 5 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts
Eat This Instead: Banquet Select Chicken Parmesan

1. Worst Packaged Food in America: Marie Callender's Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie
Sodium Equivalent: 8 small bags of potato chips
Fat Equivalent: 23 strips of bacon
Calorie Equivalent: 7 Taco Bell Fresco Beef Tacos
Eat This Instead: Maria Callender's Oven Baked Chicken

I hope you found this information as helpful and beneficial as I did. I also want to thank David Zinczenko and Rodale Press for the infinite amounts of time and research required to put the Eat This, Not That! series of books available to all Americans. I urge you to go to Amazon, read the reviews and make your own decision. I'm buying every title.