Fair foods in general tend to be unhealthy and high in fat and calories. Funnel cakes -- deep fried dough covered in powdered sugar -- are no exception. If you can't resist funnel cakes, stick with healthier options the rest of the day and share your funnel cake with a friend or two to make it easier to fit into your diet without going overboard on calories for the day.
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The typical paper-plate-sized funnel cake at a state fair contains about 760 calories, along with 44 grams of fat. Women typically need between 1,500 calories and 1,800 calories per day, and men usually need 1,800 to 2,300 calories to maintain their weight. A healthier option is to make baked funnel cakes at home, with a mini funnel cake about the size of a dessert plate containing a much more reasonable 134 calories and 9 grams of fat. These won't be as crispy as the funnel cakes from the fair, but they'll have a similar taste when sprinkled with powdered sugar and served warm. It would be even better to avoid the funnel cakes altogether and choose a healthier treat, such as fresh fruit, roasted nuts or popcorn. Other options include corn on the cob and baked potatoes, as long as you don't load them down with lots of butter or other fatty toppings.