These foods pack on the pounds, zap energy, trigger inflammation, and crowd out the more nutritious foods in your diet. Do your best to banish these unhealthy foods from your diet — or eat them on rare occasions only.
Whole milk is loaded with saturated fat, the type of fat that raises bad cholesterol levels, promotes inflammation, and may contribute to clogged arteries. Thanks to the extra fat, it's also higher in calories than lower-fat milk. Do your heart and waistline a favor and switch to skim (fat-free) or one-percent low-fat milk (soy milk works, too) — it's one of the easiest changes you can make for a healthier diet. Skim and low-fat milk minimize the bad stuff, while delivering all the good stuff (protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium).