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8 MORE FOODS

You Should Avoid

  1. Bugles Original
  2. 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. One serving (just over a cup) of these fried wonders will give you 40 percent 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.

  3. McDonald's Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches
  4. Breakfast Bagel Sandwich It's not the bagels in these sandwiches that will get you into trouble - it's the fillings. The worst is the Spanish Omelet - with 690 calories, 38 grams of fat (14 of them saturated), 275 mg of cholesterol, and 1,570 mg of sodium. To your arteries, that looks like an Egg McMuffin plus a Sausage Biscuit with Egg. The Ham, Egg & Cheese and the Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagels are just slightly better. If you want to have breakfast under the Golden Arches, try the Hotcakes with syrup or a Lowfat Apple Bran Muffin with lowfat milk or orange juice instead.

  5. Pizza Hut's Big New Yorker Pizza
  6. PizzaPizza Hut brags that the Big New Yorker 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 760 calories and almost a full day's saturated fat (18 grams) and sodum (2,280 mg). That's without sausage, pepperoni, or anything else. Down an entire Healthy Choice Supreme French Bread Pizza, on the other hand, and you'll only get 330 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and 600 mg of sodium.

  7. Mrs Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie with Walnuts
  8. Mrs. Fields No one expects a Mrs. Fields cookie to be good for you, but who would guess that a single cookie has more than 300 calories and as much saturated fat as a 12-ounce sirloin steak? It's also got nearly 7 teaspoons of sugar. Her brownies are even worse. If you can't resist Mrs. Fields the next time you are at the mall, go for the smallest bag of Nibblers (six half-ounce cookies) and share it with a friend. Or ask if you can buy just one or two Nibblers instead.

  9. Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha made with whole milk (venti)
  10. Starbucks Don't think of this drink as a mere cup of coffee. Think of it as a milk shake. Few people have room in their diets to accommodate the 600 calories and 15 grams (three-quarters of a day's quota) of saturated fat that this hefty beverage supplies. Order your Starbucks drinks made with skim milk and without whipped cream and you can save as many as 200 calories.

  11. Burger King French Fries
  12. Burger King Fries Burger King makes some of the worst french fries you can buy. Thanks to the salty coating that allows more oil to be absorbed, a King Size order packs 540 calories and 25 grams of fat -- 16 of them artery-clogging (saturated plus trans fats). That's almost your daily maximum for heart-unhealthy fat.

  13. Lay's Wow! Potato Chips
  14. Lays WowThese chips, like Fat Free Pringles, are fried in Olean (olestra), the indigestible fat substitute. Olean doesn't provide any calories, but in many people it 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 reduces the body's absorption of carotenoids. These products won't do much to help you lose weight or reduce your risk of heart attack, and they might cause you a lot of misery. Instead buy baked, low-fat potato or tortilla chips.

  15. Denny's Original Grand Slam
  16. Dennys Grand Slam Breakfast 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 heart. 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), one-and-a-half day's cholerserol (460 mg) - and 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 35mg.

Source: Nutrition Action Healthletter; Center for Science in the Public Interest

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