What are the Worst Junk Foods?

Pizza claims two spots by itself, according to RealAge.

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“Cheese and pizza are the No. 1 and No. 2 sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet. One slice of extra-cheesy pizza can contain as much as two-thirds of your daily saturated fat limit. Nutrition expert Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It, offers these tips to lighten up your pizza: Top it with veggies instead of pepperoni and sausage. While you’re at it, say “no” to breadsticks and “yes” to a side salad, and you’re on the way to preventing heart disease,” RealAge reported.

I thought those were some very good suggestions when ordering from the pizzeria regarding topping it with veggies instead of pepperoni and/or sausage. By all means dodge the breadsticks. Suggestions like that can take several hundred calories off the total, not to mention cutting down on the bad fats.

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The number three choice was one near and dear to many guys. Namely the submarine sandwich. Here’s why: “To many guys, the submarine sandwich is the world’s most perfect food. It requires neither a stovetop nor utensils, and contains all the major food groups. That’s where its virtues end. According to Taub-Dix, the monster sandwich supplies up to 6 servings of white bread, plus a quarter-pound (or more!) of cured meats. Researchers have found that eating just one serving of processed meat daily (one to two slices of deli meat) is associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Turn your sandwich into a real heart hero by using whole-grain bread and roasted turkey or chicken breast,” RealAge suggested.

It’s unfortunate that some of the most popular fast foods would also be so potentially damaging to a person’s health. On the other hand, since we have a population with 60 percent overweight and 30 percent obese, it can’t be a surprise.

We really have to start making better choices when it comes to eating.

Tony

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