What Makes Food Unhealthy?

Q: What are healthy foods versus unhealthy foods?

A: Healthy:

  • Lean protein—turkey, skinless chicken, fish
  • Unsaturated fats—olives and olive oil, fish oil, organic peanut butter, hummus, avocados, omega-3 fatty acids
  • Whole grain carbs—whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, whole-wheat bread, chia seeds
  • Fiber—oatmeal, fruits, vegetables


  • Simple sugars
  • Enriched, bleached or refined flour
  • Syrups like high-fructose corn syrup (corn sugar)
  • Saturated fats—four-legged animal fat (like cows), two-legged animal skin (like chicken), coconut and palm oils
  • Trans fats

Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, authors of four New York Times #1 bestsellers on health, and Kristin Kirkpatrick, a Cleveland Clinic nutritionist and regular guest on the Dr. Oz Show, are the YOU Docs, STACK's experts on health and sports performance.

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