10 Foods that Are Health Horrors
Dietitians name their top nutritional nightmares.
4. Big, Bigger, Biggest Burgers continued...
Someone call the food police!
Of course, "most people know when they order one of these that it is not
good for them," says Jayne Hurley, RD, senior nutritionist for the watchdog
group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.
If you are thinking of your health, try ordering a plain burger with sauce
on the side, along with a side salad.
The bottom line is that we should eat no more than 20 grams of saturated fat
per day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend
no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (equal to about 1 teaspoon). If you're
salt-sensitive (that is, if your blood pressure is highly
affected by salt), the number drops to 1,500 mg.
5. Appalling Appetizers
Dietitian Cynthia Sass, RD, nominated TGI Friday's "sizzling triple meat
fundido -- a combination of cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and sausage served with
breadsticks." While nutritional information for this appetizer was not
available on the restaurant's web site, the fat-laden ingredients ensure that
the fundido is a nutritional no-no.
6. Calorie-Laden Cakes
As if cheesecake were not high enough in fat and calories, the Cheesecake
Factory adds chocolate candy, cookies, mousse, ganache, flourless chocolate
cake crust, and other equally caloric extras to the rich dessert, says Jayne
Hurley, RD. Even if you're just ordering a plain slice, cheesecake will set you
back 630 calories.
Looking for a little nosh with your coffee? Starbucks Old Fashioned Crumb
cake looks innocent enough, but that little square packs 670 calories.
7. Diet-Demolishing Drinks
The real problem with high-calorie drinks is that they go down easily, and
don't tend to fill you up.
"Coffee drinks and smoothies don't set off bells and whistles to alert
you to the calorie load," says Hurley. "Starbucks' white chocolate
mocha is a Quarter-Pounder in a cup; any Frappuccino Blended Creme has 490-580
calories; and a venti Java Chip Frappuccino has the equivalent of 11 creamers
and 20 packets of sugar.
To reduce the calories in your favorite coffee drink, order a small size,
make it "skinny" (with low fat milk), and skip the whipped cream.
8. Mammoth Mall Munchies
Most people know when they order a gigantic burger that it is not good for
them. But what really scares Hurley are the not-so-obviously fattening foods
that people snack on at the mall.
"The highly aromatic cinnamon used in a Cinnabon (810 calories) or the
smell of Mrs. Field's milk chocolate macadamia cookie (320 calories) tempts
mall goers into thinking nothing of eating a snack that has half a day's
calories or fat," she says.
Bring along a 100-calorie pack of crackers, some trail mix, or raw veggies
to help you resist the tantalizing aromas of such high-calorie mall treats.