Worst Gut-Healthy Snacks


Sweets are bad for gut health and other health concerns. "Sugar has various health impacts, but people frequently ignore gut health.

French fries

"Deep-fried foods like salty French fries are high in saturated fats and salt," so avoid them in the drive-thru.


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Potato chip

Potato chips, like French fries, are fried, destroying their gut-healthy fiber and resistant starch.

Sugar-free sweet

If conventional candy is bad for gut health, artificially sweetened snacks may seem like a good alternative, but they have problems too.

Refined wheat cracker

Heavy processing adds sugar and chemicals and reduces fiber, damaging the gut microbiota.


America's favorite lunch meat is a gut-damaging nibble. Processed meats like bologna, kielbasa, and bacon cause inflammation.

Deli ham 

Avoid other processed deli meats too. Lunch meat, such deli ham or turkey, might harm the digestive tract.

Store-bought cookie

Using whole wheat flour, mashing a banana or avocado for softer dough, or adding a cup of high-fiber oats may produce healthier cookies at home.

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