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Monday, April 29, 2013

Top 10 Worst Snacks to Eat

Worst Snacks To Eat

Snacking has become a favorite past time of Americans. We snack while driving, watching television, reading, doing homework, using the computer and any other activity during which our hands are free to stuff tasty snack food into our mouths. It is not a matter of hunger but appetite, or a craving for food. Snack foods are easy and taste good but generally have little nutritional value that is actually good for you.

Here are the top 10 favorite snacks and why they are bad for you:

#1 - Snickers candy bar - contains more than 5 grams of saturated fat (that's the bad fat), and over 28 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends a total of only 24 to 36 grams of sugar and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat for an entire day. One Snickers candy bar just about puts you at your limit.

#2 - Pork rinds - take a look at what's in pork rinds--340 mg. of sodium. Recommended daily intake is 2400, and there are already 340 in one 1/2 oz. of pork rinds.

#3 - Pizza - contains 1010 mg of sodium, almost half the daily limit in just one piece of pizza, and 7 g. of saturated fat.

#4 - Moon Pies - full of sugar--27 g. in just one moon pie, and 5 grams of saturated fat.

#5 - French fries - just 2 1/2 oz. of french fries (whose is going to stop at 2 1/2 oz?) contains 230 calories, plus saturated fat and sodium. And this is before adding more salt and ketsup.

#7 - Donuts - one little donut has 200 calories (10 percent of the recommended calories for the entire day), half of daily recommended sugar, and 95 g. of sodium. It's easy to calculate where 2-3 donuts will put you on daily intake.

#8 - Ben and Jerry's ice cream - 1/2 cup has 266 calories and more than 11 grams of saturated fat. No wonder it tastes so good!

#9 - Doritos chips - just 11 chips contain 150 calories, and 180 mg. sodium.

#10 - Cheese puffs - one ounce has 160 calories, 350 mg. sodium, and 2 grams saturated fat.

Now, it may not seem like a big deal when looking at just one snack. However, when considering how many snacks might be consumed in one day, the calories and nutrients can add up quickly. One recommendation, besides reading nutrition labels, is to measure out snacks before eating them so the amount of calories and nutrients being consumed can be measured and better controlled. Another suggestion is to replace traditional snacks with wholesome food. The key is to find something that is good for you that you really like and make sure it is always on hand, like carrot or celery sticks already cut up and bagged, pre-cut apple wedges, nuts, sunflower seeds, grapes and other fruit. After a while, you will become accustomed to eating the good snacks and it will come naturally.
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