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25 foods and 100 brands You Should Drop From Your Shopping List NOW!
25 foods and 100 brands You Should Drop From Your Shopping List NOW!

It’s no secret that many of the foods we find in supermarkets are unhealthy. Here is a list of 25 of the unhealthiest foods at the supermarket in Australia:

01. Citrus drinks

If you’re looking for citrus drinks in Australian supermarkets, there are plenty of options to choose from. Bundaberg Brewed Drinks offers a Sparkling Lemon, Lime & Bitters flavored drink, while Alive Probiotic Soft Drink comes in flavors like Blood Orange & Passionfruit and Pink Grapefruit. Tru Blu Beverages is an Australian soft drink producer with FruitCo Orange, Apple Pear, Grape, 10 Fruits and Apple Mango Banana available. Finally, Coca Cola’s classic Lift lemon flavoured fizzy drink can also be found in many stores across the country.

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02. Vegetable oil

There are a variety of vegetable oils available in Australian supermarkets, including Woolworths and Coles. Canstar Blue rated Woolworths and Coles as the best for vegetable oil in their annual review for the second year. Other popular brands include Crisco, Bertolli, Moro, Dante, Cobram Estate, Lupi, Olive Grove, Alfa One, Gold`N Canola, Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil and Red Palm Oil. Jojoba oil is also available from some suppliers.

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03. Veggie wraps

Australian supermarkets offer a variety of veggie wrap brands, including Coles Wraps Platter Vegetarian, Simson’s Pantry Low Carb Garlic & Herb + Protein, Adelaide’s Finest Vegetarian Wraps Platter, and Helgas range.

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04. Vegetable rice blends

There are a variety of vegetable rice brands available in Australian supermarkets. Popular brands include Mahatma (SunRice), Riviana (SunRice), Tastic (SunRice), Kuala (SunRice) and SunRice (SunRice). Other brands include Ben’s Original, Tilda Brown Basmati and Golden Peacock Royal Basmati Rice. Although these rice products can be convenient, they may contain high levels of sodium and preservatives which can have negative health implications. It is important to check the nutritional information panel on the product packaging before purchasing.

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05. Boxed Mac and Cheese

When shopping for boxed mac and cheese in Australian supermarkets, there are a few brands to choose from. Kraft offers their classic Mac & Cheese, as well as a vegan-certified version. Easy Mac Classic Cheese & Macaroni is also available from Kraft. Bega produces a mac and cheese option, while San Remo is another popular brand. It’s important to note that many of these boxed mac and cheese products contain high levels of sodium, fat, and sugar, so it’s best to consume them in moderation.

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06. Cheese-flavoured popcorn

There are a variety of boxed cheese-flavoured popcorn brands available in Australian supermarkets. Uncle Myron’s Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Popcorn Snacks, JOLLY TIME The Big Cheez Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Microwave Popcorn, Hampton Popcorn’s Orange Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, and Poppinzs Gourmet Popcorn’s Cheese Lover’s Gift Box are all popular choices. However, it is important to note that many of these products contain high levels of sodium and saturated fat, which can have negative health implications if consumed in excess.

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07. Noodle soup kits

There are several boxed noodle soup kits available in Australian supermarkets, such as Lipton Instant Soup Mix, Noodle, 4.5 oz (Pack of 12), Essentials Packet Soup Mix Chicken Noodle 50G, Continental Chicken Noodle Salt Reduced Soup Serves 4 and Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Plant-Based & Vegan Oil-Free Noodle Soup. While these boxed noodle soup kits offer convenience and a quick meal solution, they may contain high levels of sodium and other unhealthy ingredients such as MSG. It is important to read the nutrition labels before purchasing any boxed noodle soup kit to ensure that it meets your dietary needs.

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08. Pesto

There are a variety of pesto brands available in Australian Supermarkets, including Barilla, Leggo’s Sundried Tomato Pesto, Sacla Free From Basil Pesto, Jamie Oliver Green Pesto, Sacla Italia Basil Pesto ‘Free From’, Jamie Oliver Green Pesto, Sacla Italia Pesto Classic Basil, Aldi and Morrisons The Best Pesto Alla Genovese. While pestos can be a great addition to your diet due to their high levels of healthy fats and antioxidants, they can also be high in sodium and calories. Additionally, some store-bought pestos contain preservatives and artificial ingredients that may not be beneficial for your health. Therefore it is important to read the label carefully before purchasing any store-bought pestos.

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09. Hot bar food

There are a variety of hot bar food brands available in Australian supermarkets, including Cheezels, Kit Kats, Twisties, Vegemite-infused chicken, and the new chili gin. While these snacks may be tasty and convenient to purchase, they can have negative health implications due to their high fat and sugar content. For example, Cheezels are made with wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt and cheese flavourings which contain trans fats that can increase the risk of heart disease. Similarly, Twisties are fried potato snacks that contain unhealthy amounts of saturated fat which can raise cholesterol levels. Additionally, Vegemite-infused chicken is a processed food product that contains added preservatives and sodium which can lead to high blood pressure. Lastly, chili gin is an alcoholic beverage that has been linked to liver damage when consumed in excess.

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10. Frozen and canned pasta

Frozen and canned pasta brands available in Australian Supermarkets include Barilla, San Remo, Zafarelli, Aldi, Coles, Woolworths and La Molisana. While these brands offer convenience and a variety of flavors to choose from, it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with consuming them. Many pre-made pastas contain high levels of sodium and saturated fat that can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, some brands have been subject to product recalls due to issues such as insect infestations or contamination with harmful bacteria. It is important to read labels carefully before purchasing any frozen or canned pasta products in order to ensure that they are safe for consumption.

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11. Teriyaki chicken

There are several brands of Teriyaki Chicken available in Australian Supermarkets. These include Masterfoods Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry Recipe Base 175g, The St. Food Co. Tokyo Teriyaki Chicken Frozen Meal 350g, AYAM™ Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce (210ml), and Passage Foods Passage To Asia Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry Sauce 200g. Additionally, Yumami teriyaki chicken bowl and Branding Iron Ranch Chicken Thigh Boneless Skinless Teriyaki Chicken – .5 Lb can also be found in supermarkets. While these products may provide a delicious flavor to dishes, it is important to note that they may contain high levels of sodium and sugar which could have negative health implications if consumed in excess.

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12. Sugary cereals

There are a variety of cereal brands available in Australian Supermarkets, including Kelloggs Nutri Grain 290g, Kelloggs Nutri Grain 470g, Kelloggs Nutri Grain 765g, and Kellogg’s Nutri-grain Choc Malt Flavour Breakfast Cereal 435g. While these cereals may provide a convenient breakfast option for busy mornings, it is important to be aware of the potential health concerns associated with them. Many cereals contain high levels of sugar and salt which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Additionally, some cereals contain artificial additives which can be detrimental to our health if consumed in large quantities. It is therefore important to read the nutritional information on the packaging before purchasing any cereal.

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13. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage, and hot dogs

Processed meats are a popular choice in Australian supermarkets, with sausages (38%), ham and bacon (36%), luncheon meats (11%), salami (7%) and frankfurts (4%) being the most commonly consumed. However, these processed meats can be highly unhealthy due to their high sodium levels. A study by Sparks et al assessed the sodium levels of processed meat products in Australian supermarkets and found that the median sodium level for 2510 products was 790mg/100g. This is significantly higher than the World Health Organization’s recommended maximum daily intake of 2000mg/day, meaning that consuming just one serving of processed meat could exceed this limit. Furthermore, 98% of convenience foods were found to be ultra-processed, 18% moderately processed and 21% less processed foods. These ultra-processed foods are often high in fat, sugar and salt which can have negative health implications such as increased risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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14. Canned soups with added salt and fat

Canned soups are a popular and convenient meal option, but they often contain high levels of salt and fat. Many brands available in Australian supermarkets contain added salt and fat, which can have negative health implications if consumed regularly. For example, Campbell’s Well Yes! soup contains 390mg of sodium per serving, while Progresso Reduced Sodium Creamy Tomato Soup contains 380mg per serving. Similarly, Amy’s Organic Light In Sodium Lentil Vegetable Soup contains 4g of fat per serving, while Healthy Choice Hearty Chicken Soup contains 7g of fat per serving. Eating canned soups with added salt and fat on a regular basis can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It is important to read the nutrition labels carefully when choosing canned soups to ensure that you are making healthy choices.

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15. Pre-made sandwiches with processed meats and cheese

Pre-made sandwiches with processed meats and cheeses are widely available in Australian supermarkets. While these products may be convenient, they often contain high levels of sodium, fat, and preservatives which can have a negative impact on health. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage, salami, and ham are associated with an increased risk of cancer due to their high content of nitrates and nitrites. Cheese is also high in saturated fat and sodium which can contribute to obesity and other chronic diseases. It is important for consumers to be aware of the potential health risks posed by processed foods when making food choices.

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16. Packaged snacks such as chips, crackers, and cookies

Australian Supermarkets offer a wide variety of packaged snacks such as chips, crackers, and cookies. While these snacks may be convenient and tasty, they often contain high levels of fat, sugar, and salt. This can lead to health issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. It is important to read the labels carefully when selecting packaged snacks from the supermarket in order to make sure that they are not too high in unhealthy ingredients. Additionally, it is important to limit the amount of processed snacks that are consumed on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy diet.

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17. Refined grains such as white bread, white rice, and white pasta

Refined grains such as white bread, white rice, and white pastas are widely available in Australian supermarkets. Refined grains have been milled (ground into flour or meal) in a way that removes the bran and germ. This gives them a finer texture and increases their shelf life but reduces their nutritional value. Refined grains lack essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and dietary fiber which are found in whole grains. Eating too many refined grains can lead to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. It is important to limit the amount of refined grains consumed and opt for whole grain options instead.

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18. Sweetened yogurt with added sugar or artificial sweeteners

Yogurt is a popular snack food, but many brands contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners that can have negative health effects. In Australian supermarkets, there are several brands of sweetened yogurt with added sugar or artificial sweeteners available, such as Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt and FAGE TruBlend. These yogurts contain no fat and no added sugar, but they do contain artificial sweeteners such as fructose and sucralose (Splenda). While these yogurts may be low in calories, they can still cause health problems due to the presence of artificial sweeteners. Studies have linked artificial sweeteners to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Therefore it is important to read labels carefully when choosing a yogurt product and opt for those without added sugars or artificial sweeteners whenever possible.

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19. Fruit juices with added sugar or artificial sweeteners

Fruit juices with added sugar or artificial sweeteners are widely available in Australian supermarkets, but it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with consuming these products. Many fruit juices contain high levels of sugar, which can increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, some brands contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which have been linked to an increased risk of cancer and other health problems. It is therefore important to read labels carefully before purchasing any juice product in order to ensure that it does not contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

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20. Ice cream bars or other frozen desserts with added sugar or artificial sweeteners

Ice cream bars and other frozen desserts with added sugar or artificial sweeteners are widely available in Australian supermarkets, but they can have negative health impacts. These products often contain high amounts of sugar, which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Artificial sweeteners may also be present, which can cause digestive issues and headaches. Furthermore, many of these products contain saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium that can increase the risk of heart disease. It is important to read labels carefully when purchasing ice cream bars or other frozen desserts to ensure that you are making a healthy choice.

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21. Salty snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, and potato chips

Snacking is a popular pastime in Australia, with many supermarkets offering a wide variety of salty snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, and potato chips. While these snacks can be an enjoyable treat, they are often high in fat, sodium, and calories. Eating too much of these snacks can lead to weight gain and other health issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Therefore it is important to consume them in moderation and opt for healthier alternatives when possible.

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22. Sugary breakfast pastries such as donuts, croissants, danishes, etc

Breakfast pastries such as donuts, croissants, danishes, and other sugary treats are widely available in Australian supermarkets. While they may seem like a convenient way to start the day, these pastries are often high in sugar and low in essential vitamins and minerals. Eating too much of these sugary treats can lead to weight gain, tooth decay, diabetes, and other health issues. It’s important to be mindful of how much sugar is in your breakfast foods and opt for healthier options such as oatmeal or whole grain toast with nut butter instead.

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23. Processed cheese slices or spreads

Processed cheese slices and spreads are widely available in Australian supermarkets, with Kraft and Black Diamond being the two dominant brands. Other popular brands include Bega Processed Cheddar, Dairylea Slices, Triangle, Rectangle, Circle, Square Cheese Slice, Cheese Spread, Cheese Spray and Kraft Easy Mac and Kraft Mac & Cheese. While processed cheese can be a convenient snack or meal option for many people, it is important to note that it is not considered a healthy food choice due to its high fat content and sodium levels. Processed cheese also contains preservatives which can have negative effects on health if consumed in large amounts.

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24. High-sugar breakfast cereals

With the wide range of breakfast cereals available in Australian supermarkets, it is important to be aware of the high-sugar content in some brands. Many cereals marketed towards children contain over 40% sugar, and even those that are advertised as ‘healthy’ can contain up to 5 points per ⅓ cup (38g). Eating a diet high in sugar can have serious health implications, such as an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay. It is therefore important to check labels carefully when selecting breakfast cereals for yourself or your family.

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25. Soft drinks with added sugar or artificial sweetener

Soft drinks with added sugar or artificial sweetener are widely available in Australian supermarkets. These drinks contain high levels of sugar, which can lead to health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, many soft drinks contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose, which have been linked to a variety of health issues including headaches, dizziness and even cancer. It is important to be aware of the health risks associated with these drinks and to limit consumption where possible.

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One Response

  1. Thanks Simone. Just wanted to ask, what do you think of fetta cheese? I personally like it because it goes nicely in salads.

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