Snacking isnt necessarily bad, but these four snacks in particular wont move you closer to your health goals. If you want to snack better, it’s not difficult – choosing fresh, whole fruits and vegetables is a good start. And when you do want a snack, avoid these four nutritional black holes:
Doughnuts. High in sugar, trans fats, calories and refined flour, doughnuts are not only bad for your waistline, but bad for your energy levels as well. The high sugar content is likely to end in a midday crash. If you crave a doughnut, try a piece of whole-grain bread with some jam and nut butter instead.
Soft Drinks. There just isn’t anything nutritious about soda, whether it’s diet or regular. Instead of a soda, try some sparkling water with a bit of fruit juice – you’ll get the carbonation without all the insulin spikes or metabolic disruption of soda.
French Fries. Actually anything deep-fried – from chicken to potatoes to onions to cheese – should be avoided. Deep-fried foods contain altered fats that are detrimental to the body. If you want finger foods, opt for carrot and celery sticks with a tasty dip or bake your own cut sweet potatoes.
Instant Soup. Very high in sodium, instant soup generally offers little health benefit in proportion to its sodium count. Total daily intake of sodium should not exceed 2,300 mg (individuals with hypertension, of African-American descent, and middle-aged and older adults should limit intake to 1,500 mg of sodium per day) and one serving of instant soup contains around 500 mg; some kinds of Ramen-style soup are even worse, offering up to 800 mg. A better option is low-sodium vegetable broth with whole wheat- and buckwheat-based noodles such as Japanese soba or udon. Read more…