Ten Foods That Harm Your Health

Ok as promised here is a list I put together of foods NOT to eat. I know I am a day late with it, but here it is.
1. Artery Crust

Judging by the label, Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie has 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. But look again. Those numbers are for half a pie. Eat the entire pie, as most people probably do, and you’re talking more than 1,000 calories and 18 grams of sat fat.

2. Strip Tease

McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips sounds healthy. In fact, ounce for ounce, the Selects are no healthier than the chain’s Chicken McNuggets. A standard, five-strip order has 670 calories and 10 grams of artery-clogging fat. That’s about the same as a Big Mac, but the burger has 1,040 mg of sodium, while the Selects hit 1,660 mg — a whole day’s worth — even without the salty dipping sauce.

3. Factory Reject

Each slice of The Cheesecake Factory’s 6 Carb Original Cheesecake has 610 calories — that’s the same as you’d get from a slice of its Original Cheesecake. Think of it as an 8-ounce untrimmed prime rib for dessert — with 29 grams of saturated fat, a 1½-days’ supply. The next time you step on the bathroom scale, you may never know that the carbs were missing.

4. Everlasting Dove

Dove squeezes some 300 calories and an average of 11 grams of saturated fat (half a day’s worth) into a half a cup of its Dove Ice Cream. That puts it in the same ballpark as Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs. With names like “Unconditional Chocolate,” Dove is trying to link chocolate with romance. A scoop of its ice cream will fill your heart all right … but not with love.

5. Starbucks on Steroids

The Starbucks Venti (20 oz.) Caffe Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream is more than a mere cup of coffee. Think of it as a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in a cup. Few people have room in their diets for the 450 calories and 13 grams of bad fat that this hefty beverage supplies. But you can lose all the bad fat and all but 170 calories if you order a tall (12 oz.) with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.

6. Angioplasty

“A fresh grilled chicken breast and fresh broccoli over pasta that’s tossed with Parmesan cream sauce,” says Ruby Tuesday’s menu entry for its Chicken & Broccoli Pasta. Some diners may know that the cheese and cream sauce add saturated fat, but how much harm could they really do? Enough to turn the dish into a 1,700-calorie megameal — that’s like swallowing two one-pound orders of BBQ baby back ribs.

7. Top Secret

Popcorn alone is a good-for-you whole-grain snack…but not when Pop Secret gets hold of it. Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn Snack Size Bags has 8 grams of bad fat in just one snack-size bag (6 cups popped). Instead, try Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop or Smart Balance Smart ‘N Healthy, both of which are made with no partially hydrogenated oils.

8. Salt’s On!

Progresso Traditional, Vegetable Classics, and Rich & Hearty soups are brimming with salt: Half a can averages more than half of a person’s daily quota of salt. Instead, try Progresso’s Health Favorites reduced-sodium soups. All the flavor, but up to 50 percent less salt.

9. Tortilla Terror

Interested in a Chipotle Chicken Burrito (tortilla, rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream, and salsa)? Think of its 1,040 calories and 16½ grams of saturated fat as three Subway Steak and Cheese 6-inch Subs. Plus, the burrito is loaded with 2,500 mg of sodium! Getting the burrito with no cheese or sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 3½ grams, but you still end up with 810 calories and 2,300 mg of sodium. Yikes!

10. Stone Cold

Into the chocolate-dipped waffle bowl of a Cold Stone Creamery Gotta Have It Founder’s Favorite goes, not just a 12-ounce, softball-sized mound of ice cream, but pecans, brownie pieces, fudge, and caramel. The tab: a startling 1,600 calories and 43 grams of saturated fat. That’s roughly what you’d get if you polished off five single-scoop ice cream cones.


#1 Andrew W on 09.13.08 at 12:59 am

McD’s is for people who hate themselves.

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