10 Foods that Are Health Horrors
Dietitians name their top nutritional nightmares.
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.
9. Dining-Out Diet Disasters
"Fifteen years ago, when I first started evaluating restaurant food, I
was blown away by the 1,500 calories in a serving of Fettuccine Alfredo, but
the trend has gotten worse, not better," says Hurley.
Fried macaroni and cheese and cheese fries were other nominees in the
category of frightening foods found on restaurant menus.
10. Stupendous Servings
It's not just fast-food meals that have been super-sized in the last couple
"Muffins, bagels, salads, sandwiches, pasta servings -- almost
everything is much larger today than it used to be or needs to be," says
Hurley. "You can expect most restaurant appetizers, entrees, and desserts
to each weigh in around 1,000 calories."
Here's a sure-fire way to start your day off on the wrong dietary foot: the
enormous omelet sandwich at Burger King. This fork-free meal is loaded with two
slices of cheese, three slices of bacon, two eggs, and a sausage patty on a
giant bun, totaling 730 calories and 47 g fat.