We all know the saying "You are what you eat." But have you ever stopped to really think about what's in the food you put into your body? An unhealthy diet is a leading cause of obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease and the fast foods that Americans crave on the run are some of the worst offenders.
Experts at the Mayo Clinic report that the majority of the sodium in the diet comes from eating prepared or processed foods that contain the mineral and according to the American Cancer Society, eating processed meats and meats preserved by methods involving smoke or salt increases exposure to potential cancer-causing agents and should be reduced as much as possible. With that in mind, here's a list of the 10 of the worst foods for you.
The next time you grab a donut from the office kitchen consider what's inside. According to the Dunkin Donuts website, a chocolate frosted cake donut has 19 grams of fat, 19 grams of sugar and 340 calories. That is about a third of the daily fat intake.
Basically sugar water with some acid and artificial colors and flavors added in, soda is just bad. A 20 oz. Pepsi packs 220 calories and 59 grams of sugar. Super-size that to a 64 oz. Big Gulp and you are drinking 770 calories.
Before you go for the combo meal, you should know that a medium order of McDonald's French fries contain 617 calories, 33 grams of fat and 292 milligrams of sodium.
Waiting to clog the arteries are the multiple meat patties, fried onions and mounds of cheese in Burger King's Angry Triple Whopper, weighing in at a whopping 1,360 calories, 91 grams of fat and 1,830 mg of sodium.
Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but the canned variety is bad for the body. A serving of Campbell's chicken noodle soup contains 890 milligrams of sodium, nearly a full day's quota of sodium.
Another staple of American food culture, the hot dog is as American as baseball and family. Before you bite that dog, know that the dog bites back with 20 grams fat and 684 milligrams of sodium in one plain hot dog.
Frozen Coffee Drink
The blended coffee drink has become the new fashion accessory as starlets proudly parade their Starbuck's cups like it's a Fendi purse. A grande Mint Mocha Frappuccino contains 470 calories and 19 grams of fat.
I scream, you scream, we all scream when we find out that a 1/2 cup serving of Haagen-daz vanilla chocolate chip ice cream contains 310 calories and 20 grams of fat.
Bacon is less a food and more a piece of animal fat that hass been over processed with sodium and nitrates. One 4 oz. serving of bacon will set you back 611 calories, 47 grams of fat and 2,610 milligrams of sodium.
Let's take a perfectly good potato and turn it into a weapon of mass destruction. A 1 oz. serving of potato chips serves up 150 calories, 10 grams of fat and 160 milligrams of sodium.