Life Lessons: Foods nutritionists never eat

Published: Jul 18 2013 05:00:00 AM EDT

We know most fast foods are out, forget about soda, and just say no to processed, but what are the foods nutritionists never eat? We have the list.

"I won't eat cereal with food coloring and that's the truth," Amy Jamison Petonic, RD, says.

"The one food that I tell people not to eat at all is going to be processed meats," says Dietician Tanya Edwards, RD.

That's a start, but what else do nutritionists just say no to?

How about rice cakes? Most people think of them as the ultimate diet food, but rice cakes have a glycemic index rating as high as 91, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride.

Also, get rid of the fat-free salad dressing. Most have a lot of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

While you're at it, get rid of those grits. They are hyper refined carbohydrates and are the small leftover pieces from corn processing.

Their flavor is lacking so butter and cream is needed to make them palatable, making them blood vessel-destroying morsels with little nutritional value.

Another one to stay away from is refined and re-fortified grains.

They are most breakfast cereals, pastas, and rice products that have been refined such that the naturally occurring fiber, vitamins, and minerals have been removed.