You love things that are new. We all do. The hot new phone. The cool new TV shows. That new car smell. But not everything newer is better. In fact, in the grocery store and at popular chain restaurants, “new” usually means the same old ingredients, packaged differently, and often they’re just as unhealthy as the originals.
Manufacturers have been doing this for years. You might say it’s…nothing new.
To help you make the right food choice every time, our researchers at Eat This, Not That! scoured the aisles and analyzed the menus to collect the definitive list of the 100 Unhealthiest Foods of 2018. Within, you’ll find new foods that debuted this year, but also familiar classics that you might have purchased—and all 100 hand-picked products met at least one of our nutritional criteria.
We used this list of nutritional criteria to select the products on this list.
Calories: Any restaurant meal with over 1,000 calories (50% of a standard 2,000-calorie diet) qualified for the list.
Fat: Equal to or more than 13 grams of fat, which is 20% of your daily recommended value (DRV) of fat. Fat from nuts did not qualify.
Saturated Fat: Equal to or more than 4 grams, which is 20% of your DRV of saturated fat.
Trans Fat: Any value over 0 grams of trans fat in a food qualified a food item for this list.
Sodium: Equal to or more than 560 mg sodium per serving, which is 20% of your DRV of sodium.
Fiber: Anything with less than 1 gram of fiber. (The FDA recommends consuming at least 28 grams of fiber a day on a 2,000 calorie diet.)
Sugar: More than 10 grams of sugar, which is 20% of your DRV of added sugars.
1 Hershey’s Gold Bar
PER 1.4 OZ BAR (39 G): 220 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 85 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 3 g protein
Don’t take home the Gold. This chocolate bar is disqualified for blending fatty chocolate with salty pretzels, a saturated-fat-and-sodium knockout.
2 Arby’s Arbynator
PER SANDWICH: 560 calories, 25 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,630 mg sodium, 58 g carbs (4 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 25 g protein
When your sandwich is a pun on a robot killing machine, maybe don’t eat your sandwich.
3 Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Thin & Crispy Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
PER 2 COOKIES: 140 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 130 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 1 g protein
Bought the Farm? Return it. It says “thin” on the package. But they’re still cookies.
4 Cracker Barrel Cheddar Havarti Macaroni & Cheese Dinner