I like a lot of the foods on this list. Unfortunately, it’s a list of the most fattening foods. All of them are high in calories, fat, carbs, sugar, or all of the above.
I think it’s important to know about them, because just being aware is half the battle. When you understand foods nutritional values, you can make better choices. And in the end, it’s all about choices.
I mean, come on lets be real. Should you never eat them again? Maybe. Should you be terrified of them? No.
You have choices. For some this means never eating them. For some this means moderation. For some this means occasional indulgence. You have to decide which works best for you.
All of the bad, almost none of the good, and almost impossible to resist, French Fries are pretty close to being empty calories that cause and proliferate obesity. Should be eaten in moderation at best.
1 large order of McDonalds Fries = • 487 calories • 25 grams of fat • 60 grams of carbs
Fries are bad enough by themselves, but, adding chili and cheese really puts the final nail on this coffin. In Quebec, poutine is made with french fries, topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds.
Massively fattening and bad for heart health.
One serving Del Taco Chili Fries = • 670 calories • 46 grams fat • 15 grams of saturated fat
Your Healthier Option: Bowl of turkey chili with whole grain crackers.
3. Baked Sweets
Cake, pie, donuts, cookies, cupcakes, oh my.
Empty calorie foods that are loaded with fat, sugar and starch and have no nutritional value. All major contributors to weight gain, obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes because many people over indulge and eat way more of this food than they burn in one day.
Your Healthier Sweet Tooth Options: • Fruit (lowest sugar is berries) • Peanut butter on fruit • Sweet rice cakes • 1 Square Dark Chocolate • Healthy Baking Options • Unsweetened Apple Sauce & Cinnamon
4. Onion Rings
Another of my trans-fat soaked, fast food favorites that packs the obesity punch and with all the fat content is harmful for heart health too.
White Castle Onion Rings= • 750 calories • 39 grams of fat • 6 grams saturated fat
Your Healthier Option: Grill onions without the coating on a pan with a bit of Canola oil, they come out sweet, rich and delicious.
5. McDonalds Cheeseburger Happy Meal
There is not much happy here to report, I’m afraid.
From 1980 till 2012: The number of obese children in the US age 6 to 11 increased from 7% to 18%. Amongst adolescents age 12-19 years, from 5% to 21%.
1/3 of all US children were obese or overweight in 2012 and today 16.9% of all US kids are obese.
• Don’t buy Happy Meals for your kids. • Order apple slices instead of fries with the meal. • Swap the Coke for water or skim milk.
6. Wendy’s Sweet and Spicy Boneless Wings
This dish has 3 days’ worth of the recommended daily sodium intake, plus it’s loaded with sugar and fat.
One Order = • 550 calories • 18 grams fat • 27 grams sugar • 2,530mg sodium
Most wings at restaurants are very fattening and loaded with extra calories and fat because they are covered in flour and butter and fried before the sauce comes on.
Make wings at home and control the ingredients for healthier and lower fat wings. Don’t fry them or use any coating except the hot sauce or any other sauce you wish you to use.
By: Sheila Scarborough
7. Pot Pies
The Trojan Horse of pies. Disguised as a Hearty, healthy meal, pot pie is loaded with fat and calories, and does little to compensate in terms of nutrition. And, with all the saturated fat it’s bad for heart health too.
Your Healthier Option: Choose Grilled Chicken Instead
10. Fettuccini Alfredo
This is one dish that is loaded with fat and a whole lot of calories, most of which are from fat. Mostly this is because of the cream sauce, butter and cheese that is used to make the sauce and also the pasta that is high in calories and carbs.
1 cup equals 28% of a 1500 daily calorie diet, plus 26% of fat and 37% of saturated fat daily allowances. Not to mention the cholesterol and carb counts.
• Kashi Crunchmaster • Kashi Jingos • Nabisco Wheat Thins Original • Nabisco Triscuit Reduced Fat • Wasa Whole Grain Crispbread • Kellogg’s Special K Multi-Grain
By: Mike Mozart
20. High Sugar Yogurt
Yogurt is healthy right? Yes, except when it is combined with high sugar ingredients that add empty calories, such as, fruit at the bottom, granola and candy.
Some yogurt products have added sugar, which, makes them higher in calories and less healthy.
Your Healthier Yogurt Options
• Non or low fat plain yogurt, whole milk fat products have more calories from higher fat content. • Give kids plain yogurt with fresh fruit and not the high sugar fluff products made to entice kids. • Non-fat Greek yogurt is rich and tasty. • Yogurt is best eaten on its ow n or with fruit
21. Popcorn And Other Movie Snacks
Ever see a nutrition bar at the theater snack stand?
1 Small Movie Theater Popcorn:
• 670 calories • 34 grams fat
1 Box Cracker Jacks
• 420 calories • 7 grams of fat
Save Lots Of Calories and Bring Your Own Healthy Snacks-
• Air popped no butter popcorn • Nutrition Bars • Crunchy Veggies with Dip • Rice Cakes
22. Sweet Alcoholic Drinks
• Pina Colada – 245-490 calories • Daiquiri 300-800 calories • Long Island Iced Tea 520 calories +
That’s a lot just from drinks.
• Wine Spritzer • Glass of Wine • Glass of Sangria • 1 oz. alcohol with splash of 100% fruit juice, club soda or tonic water
23. Creamed Soups
Creme based soups contribute to obesity because they are loaded with calories, most of which are from fat. And, most people don’t eat just soup, it is usually an appetizer to dinner, which makes the high calorie content even more of a concern.
• Clam Chowder • Crab Bisque • Cream of Mushroom • Cream Of Potato • Cream of Broccoli
Your Healthier Choices: Broth based soups, like chicken with vegetables or Minestrone.
24. Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Brown Sugar Cinnamon
A sugar loaded food that offers little in nutritional value and 2 pop tarts use up 25% of the daily fat allowance and more than 50% of the recommended sugar allowance, not to mention the mass calories.