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Snacks are mentioned a lot on this website and that is for a very good reason. Eating healthy snacks is very important and should not be overlooked. Snacks like potato crisps and M&Ms taste good but should only be eaten in moderation. Also, consuming unhealthy snacks is a big issue for dieters and clean eaters.
These types of snacks when not eaten in moderation can lead to serious weight gain. Some of these snacks are highly processed and contain no fiber, no minerals, and loaded with simple sugars and cholesterol.
In this article, you will learn what some of the most unhealthy snacks are and why they are not good for you. Being skinny doesn’t mean you should mindlessly eat these either.
Most of these snacks can raise your cholesterol levels and leas to serious problems for adults. It will be of benefit to your health if you develop the habit of eating healthy snacks instead.
1. These are high in sodium, and often high in saturated fats and calories;
Eating a lot of salt can cause your body to retain more water, which can show up on the scale as extra pounds. But it doesn’t end there.
Research has linked high sodium foods visceral fat gain, the kind of fat that gathers around your midsection causing bill belly and muffin tops.
- Frozen pizza rolls – 285 calories
- Frozen soft pretzels – 150 calories
- Cured ham – 2g. total fat 25mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium
- Pickles – 785 mg
- Hot dog -567 mg
- Instant pudding – 1063 mg
- Jerky – 416 mg
- Salami – 214 mg per slice round
2. Snacks that are filled with air and loaded with sodium, fat, and calories;
- Potato chips – 152 calories per ounce
- Salted crackers – 81 calories (5 slices)
- Corn puffs – 159 calories per ounce
3. Most of these are high in added sugars and total fat;
Eating little quantities of added sugar is unlikely to cause weight gain. However, regularly indulging in snacks high in added sugars may cause you to gain excess body fat quicker at an alarming rate.
- Granola bars – 132 calories per bar
- Energy bars – 140 calories per bar
- Frozen yogurt parfaits – 240 calories per 100g
- Cookies – 146 calories and 6.1 grams of sugars from two cookies
4. These contain no fiber or minerals because they are so refined, high in calories;
- Pastries and bakery items
- Donut – 195 calories
- Pretzels – 108 calories
- Butter croissant – 231 calories
- Cinnamon roll – 284 calories per bun
- Danish pastry with fruits – 335 calories per pastry
- Pecan pie – a slice can contain more than 500 calories, 27 grams of fat and 31 grams of sugar
- Muffins – 426 calories,44 grams of sugar
- Cheesecake – 401 calories
- Cupcake – 400 calories
5. Low fat, high sugar;
- Low-fat yogurt – 45 grams of sugar per 11 teaspoon
- Fruit juice
- Sports drink – 37.9 grams of added sugar and 198 calories
- Chocolate milk drink – 11.4 grams of sugar
- Flavored coffees – 45 grams of sugar
- Iced te – 35 grams of sugar per 12-ounce
- Vitamin water – 100 calories and 30 grams of sugar
- Canned fruit
- Canned baked beans – A cup contains about 5 teaspoons of sugar
- Store-bought smoothie – 54 grams (13.5 teaspoons) of sugar in a single 16-ounce serving