We all know that everyone needs a good mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, plus enough vitamins and minerals for optimal health. But did you know that some of these categories are better than others when it comes to an ideal diet plan?

In order to avoid setting the stage for some life threatening illnesses (think heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers) scientists say you should keep these foods to a minimum:

  • Added sugar

  • Dairy fat

  • Baked sweets

  • White carbohydrates

  • Processed and high fat meats

  • Salt

Remember, the occasional splurge if you have a craving to satisfy is totally ok, but you’ll want to keep the big picture in mind!

Source: “Which foods don't belong in a healthy diet?”, Harvard Medical School Healthbeat, November 2016