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Delicious Foods... Or Not

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Delicious Foods... Or Not

Guest Writer

Hey, you. Yes, I mean you. What is one of your favorite things to eat? Chips? Pizza? Fries? Well if you answered yes to anyone of the above foods, you may be in for a big surprise. These are some of the worst foods you can eat! Here is a list of some of the worst foods that you can eat!

1. 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 of these snacks will give you 40% of your daily limit of saturated fat. May as well get yourself a serving of whale.

2. 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.

3. Burger King French Fries. Burger King makes some of the most unhealthy 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. Now, do you REALLY want fries with that?

4. 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.

Yum, yum! Eat up! Or not. Just because certain foods may taste good doesn't mean that they are good for you! Well, this is KweenB15, leaving you with one final message: Always choose the right foods for yourself and your health! (It almost rhymes!)


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