8 Foods to Die For

April 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
We all know the drill; Avoid fats, carbs, and sugar if you want to stay healthy and slim. But what foods could be holding you back? Here are eight foods that could be hurting your health and waistline.Cheese fries top our list. An order from a popular restaurant has 2,900 calories, 182 grams of fat and hardly any nutritional value!

Fried desserts are another worst. Donuts are made up of about 40 percent trans fat. Guidelines suggest we shouldn't have any trans fats.

"You're dipping something in batter that is already high in calorie, high in fat, high sugar," Sarah Krieger, R.D., M.P.H., LD/N, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association in Tampa, Fla., told Ivanhoe.

Soda is number three. One can has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories and is loaded with artificial colors.

A large serving of movie theatre popcorn with butter has more than 1,000 calories. One study showed you'll eat nearly twice as muchout of a large bucket than a medium!

It's no surprise that bacon cheeseburgers made our list. One can have more than 1,100 calories and 85 grams of fat.

Crackers, breads and other "white" foods come in at number six.

"White flour, in the human body, is handled exactly like if you sat there and ate sugar out of the bowl," Ann Kulze, M.D., a nutrition and wellness expert in Charleston, SC, told Ivanhoe.

Ramen noodles are number seven. One serving has 780 grams of sodium.

"They are deep-fried noodles," Krieger said. "They do not have any protein in them."

Last, but not least: that sugary coffee is one of the worst.

"It can go from something that's zero calories to something that's over 700 calories very easily,"Sherri Flynt, R.D., Community Relations Manager for Florida Hospital Center of Nutritional Excellence in Orlando, Fla., told Ivanhoe.

Eight foods to avoid if you can!

Some of the best foods to eat? Nutrition experts say load up on foods that are high in nutrients, protein and fiber. Some of the best include blueberries, oatmeal, salmon, almonds, low-fat yogurt and dark greens like spinach or kale.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:
Sarah Krieger, MPH, RD, LD/N
National Spokesperson
American Dietetic Association
(727) 343-1216
sarah@diningcents.com
http://www.diningcents.com

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