The Worst Foods for Your Body, According to Science

Betcha can't eat just one…serving. That's only about 18 chips. Can you stop there? Good luck if you're eating the salt and vinegar variety. Salt & vinegar chips deliver 500 milligrams of sodium and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Potato chips

Chicken is considered a healthier alternative to red meats because it's lower in saturated fat than beef and a great source of protein. But coat it in flour and deep fry it in a sizzling bath of hot oil, and you've just turned a nutritious protein into one of the unhealthiest of meals.

Fried chicken

The name tips you off to why they're pretty darn bad for you: Dough! They are made up of white flour, sugar, and vegetable shortening—and then they are deep-fried.


It's basically edible playdough. What's in it? Sugar (25 grams per serving), water, gelatin, vegetable fat or shortening, and glycerol. Yum. Oh, and that last ingredient, propylene glycol, has been linked to poor kidney health, according to the National Kidney Foundation.


Everyone recognizes French fries as the poster child of bad-for-you foods, so it's no surprise that you instantly make them worse when you glob on that gooey, salty cheese sauce.

Cheese fries

Made with vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream (or half-and-half) the White Russian is packed with nearly 600 calories and 16 grams of sugar. That's a cocktail recipe for a belly shaped like a bowling ball.

White Russian

Even those soups with a bumper crop of beans and vegetables can be super salty. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a palatable split pea soup under 500 milligrams of sodium per serving. No wonder canned soups are on the American Heart Association's "Salty Six" of notoriously bad-for-your-heart foods.

Canned soup

So convenient, right? There are a few in your desk drawer right now, no? Tell you what: Toss 'em. These last-forever coffee creamers are typically made from partially hydrogenated oils—in other terms: trans fats.

Non-dairy coffee creamer

Consuming a stick of margarine increases the risk for coronary heart disease because it contains trans fats. The more solid the margarine, the more trans fats, according to a study in Epidemiology. Butter is often a better choice for your toast.