09 octobre 2005

10 food you should never eat

Quaker 100% Natural Oats & Honey Granola. Does Mother Nature want you eating half a cup of oats coated with three teaspoons of sugar and laden with more artery-clogging fat than you’d get in a McDonald’s hamburger? No doubt she’d prefer you eat low-fat, low-sugar, whole grain or bran cereals like Grape-Nuts, Wheaties, Kellogg’s All-Bran, Post 100% Bran, shredded wheat, oatmeal, or Wheatena. If you’re stuck on granola (and sugar), at least choose a product like Healthy Choice Low Fat Granola, Nature Valley Low Fat Fruit Granola, or Quaker 100% Natural Low Fat Granola with Raisins.
Bugles What’s so bad about Bugles? The highly saturated coconut oil that General Mills fries them in —oil that’s about twice as saturated as lard. (Chips are usually fried in corn, soy, or canola oils.) One serving (just over a cup) of these fried wonders will give you 40% of your daily limit of saturated fat. If you’re looking for a low-fat snack, give Baked Bugles a shot, or try baked low-fat tortilla chips made by Tostitos or Guiltless Gourmet.

Buitoni Contadina Alfredo Sauce. Why not melt a third of a stick of butter on your pasta? You might as well if you fall for Contadina’s refrigerated Alfredo. On the other hand, you could choose Classico Spicy Red Pepper, Tomato & Basil, Fire-Roasted Tomato & Garlic, or any sauces from Healthy Choice or Ragú Light instead. All are lower in everything but taste.

Pizza Hut's Big New Yorker Pizza. Pizza Hut brags that The Big New Yorker plain cheese pizza weighs about three pounds before baking. But when it comes to pizza, bigger isn’t better. Even if you split this monster with three other people, your two slices will end up with almost a full day’s saturated fat (17 grams) and sodium (2,200 mg), and 790 calories. That’s without sausage, pepperoni, or anything else. Down an entire Healthy Choice Supreme French Bread Pizza, on the other hand, and you’ll get only 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 580 mg of sodium, and 330 calories.

Entenmann's Rich Frosted Donut (Variety Pack size). How can one doughnut have as much artery-clogging saturated and trans fat (10 grams) as nine strips of bacon? That’s what happens when you completely cover a doughnut in chocolate. Try Entenmann’s Light Donuts instead. With anywhere from six to nine grams of fat per doughnut (no more than three of them saturated), they’re not health foods. But if you’ve got to have a doughnut, they’re a lot better than the regular version.

Nissin Cup Noodles with Shrimp. What could be wrong with a cup of steaming-hot noodles? Well, because the noodles are pre-fried in artery-clogging palm oil, a serving of this soup looks like one-and-a-half cups of whole milk to your arteries. Try Fantastic Foods Chicken Free Ramen Noodles instead.

Burger King French Fries. Burger King makes some of the worst french fries you can buy at a fast-food restaurant. Thanks to the salty coating that allows more oil to be absorbed, a King Size order of their fries packs 590 calories and 30 grams of fat — 12 of them artery-clogging. That’s worse than McDonald’s Super Size Fries — and more than half the “bad” fat you should get in an entire day.

Campbell's red-and-white-label condensed soups. They’re brimming with salt. Half a can averages more than 1,100 mg of sodium. That’s about half your ideal quota for an entire day. Try brands like Healthy Choice and Campbell’s Healthy Request, which have less than half as much sodium as Campbell’s regular soups. You can also check out lower-sodium dried soup cups by Fantastic Foods or Health Valley.  
Frito-Lay's Wow! Potato Chips. These chips, like Fat Free Pringles, are fried in Olean (olestra), the indigestible fat substitute. Olean doesn’t provide any calories, but in many people causes gastrointestinal symptoms — some people have said they suffered such severe cramps or diarrhea that they had to go to the emergency room. Olean also prevents the body’s absorption of carotenoids. These products won’t do much to help you lose weight or reduce your risk of heart attack, but might cause you a lot of misery. Instead buy baked potato or tortilla chips.

Denny's Grand Slam. This belt-buster breakfast (2 eggs, 2 sausage links, 2 strips of bacon, and 2 pancakes) may seem like a great deal to your wallet, but it’s no bargain for your waistline or arteries. It’ll sock you with three-quarters of a day’s total fat (50 grams) and saturated fat (14 grams), nearly a full day’s sodium (2,240 mg), and one-and-a-half day’s cholesterol (460 mg) — not to mention 800 calories. If you’re craving a hearty breakfast, try Denny’s Slim Slam instead. It slashes the calories to 600, the fat to 12 grams, the saturated fat to 3 grams, and the cholesterol to a mere 35 mg.
Source : Nutrition Action Health Center http://www.cspinet.org/nah/

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