19 Surprising Holiday Foods You Should Stay Away From

19 Surprising Holiday Foods You Should Stay Away From

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If you think that a coleslaw salad is better than fries so you make the “sacrifice” and order it, think again. It has carrots and cabbage all of it is covered in a fatty mayonnaise. A single cup of it contains as many as 280 calories, 190 of which are fat, according to CalorieKing. Do you want to calculate how long you need to run to burn that?

1. Coleslaw

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If you think that a coleslaw salad is better than fries so you make the “sacrifice” and order it, think again. It has carrots and cabbage all of it is covered in a fatty mayonnaise. A single cup of it contains as many as 280 calories, 190 of which are fat, according to CalorieKing. Do you want to calculate how long you need to run to burn that?

2. Stuffed potato

The potato itself is a great natural source of vitamins B and C. So why do you have to go and add butter, sour cream and cheese? Now all of a sudden, your potato has at least 280 calories and 15 grams of fat, more than half of which is saturated fat. So maybe consider adding your favorite veggies to the baked potatoes instead of butter and cream?

3. Frosting

If you don’t have the heart to stay away from cupcakes, at least get rid of the frosting. It is delicious, but also really, really bad for you – more than you imagined until now. It has a lot of harmful food additives that can ruin your weight loss plans and also exacerbate any health problems you may already have. They increase your bad cholesterol, and settles comfortably right around your belly. Just a little bit of frosting boosts you blood sugar levels so much, you get past the healthy limits in a short amount of time.

4. Packaged sandwiches

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A lot of holiday parties have samples of small sandwich bites that often came from packages. If you’re so hungry, order a sandwich or make one yourself. The packaged sandwiches may be small but that doesn’t mean they are not fatty. They contain about 400 calories, about half of them from fat. Many are stuffed with mayo or processed cheese.

5. Candy canes

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A 6-inch peppermint candy cane alone has 60 calories – all carbs. One delicious can has 14 grams of carbs, all of which are pure sugar. These sweets don’t offer any nourishment so why use up your recommended daily calorie intake on them?

6. Tomato sauce

You are not very likely to go to a party where some kind of pasta dish is not offered. So far so good but the tomato sauce accompanying the spaghetti is most likely comes from a jar bought in a store. They are full with refined sugars, which can lead to weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. So don’t have that “but it’s vegetables” mentality and go for some veggies instead.

7. Soy sauce

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Who wants to cook every night during the holidays? Not a lot of people. Ordering some Chinese food or sushi seems like a great substitute. Soy sauce is inevitable then. But you should avoid ordering anything that contains it. Soy sauce has very few calories but it has a lot of salt – 900 milligrams of sodium. That means you’ll retain water and feel bloated. A lot of salt in your body leads to hypertension.

8. Mashed potatoes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture classifies potatoes as starchy vegetables, and recommends that women eat five cups and men consume six cups of starchy vegetables each week. So it sounds like a great idea, right? As long as you prepare it the healthy way but this is not often the case. Avoid whole milk, butter, and salt because they can really spike the calories amount as well as cholesterol and fat. Just about 7 oz. can have about 250 calories and about 10 grams of fat.

9. Cinnamon rolls

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Eat a single one of them and add about an hour or two to your workout routine to get your cholesterol levels back on track. They can contain so much fat; it’s almost the amount of an entire meal. A classic cinnabon has about 800 calories! That’s about as many as in Big Mac. In comparison, a Starbucks cinnamon scone has 530 calories and 26 grams of fat. Ouch...

10. Creamed spinach


The “spinach” part of the name is deceiving. A single side of creamed spinach (6.03 oz.) contains 260 calories and 21 grams of fat, 12 are saturated fat which is 60 percent of the recommended daily value. This delicious dip ranks badly in the sodium category. Just one side has 530 milligrams of it.

11. Multigrain products

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“Multigrain” is often associated with healthy so people buy these kinds of bread, pasts and even cereal. But they have a lot of refined grains, which are not as good for you as you may think. The law doesn’t require the label to say “refined grains” so companies don’t give you the whole truth. Refined grains are not nutritious and can lead to weight gain. They also increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. So next time you are at the store, go for wholegrain.

12. Canned vegetables


When your schedule is so busy and you have to cook for your whole family, it’s hard to find the time to prepare everything with only natural ingredients, especially when it comes to vegetables. Many people opt for canned veggies because they are convenient. The problem is not the food but the can. They are treated with bisphenol A, a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. But it is linked to many health problems such as diabetes, neurological disorders, and breast and prostate cancers.

13. Glazed ham

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3 oz. of Spiral Sliced Honey Glazed Ham contains 170 calories and 11 grams of fat, which is about 20 percent of how much you should consume a day.  One delicious slice has 750 milligrams of sodium, which is also alarming because it’s more than a third of the recommended daily dose. You don’t usually eat the ham by itself, so when you add a couple of sides, the calories in just one meal can add up to what you should usually consume in two or three.  

14. Beef pot roast

However you cook it, you’re going to get at least 7 grams of saturated fat. A 3 oz. serving has as many as 280 calories! That doesn’t include the gravy or the potatoes. Choose herb-roasted turkey instead and you’ll cut the calories down to 180.

15. Diet Soda

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Soda is bad for you and that is not a secret. A lot of people think that if they choose the “diet” kind, then they’re OK. The facts can’t be farther from the truth. Diet soda is in many ways a lot worse. The reason is the artificial sweeteners replacing the sugar. Research has shown that some of the side effects are migraines, joint pain, insomnia, and depression, and even brain cancer, not to mention kidney problems. Aside from the sugar, diet soda drinks are the same as their regular versions – they have the same chemicals and artificial colorings.  

16. Yule log


Delicious, but if you eat one slice of it, you have pretty much consumed all of the calories you should in a day. The problem is that they all come from chocolate, sugar, heavy cream, butter, and flour. And that is the basic version. Some recipes include toasted pecans and coconut. One serving can easily have 420 calories and 47 grams of sugar—that is twice the amount the American Heart Association's says you should consume per day.

17. Caramel apples

These delicious temptations are everywhere this time of year. But the caramel sauce is what makes this treat unhealthy. It is pure sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. This increases the calories count to about 330 and 16 grams of fat per apple.

18. Microwave popcorn

Popcorn itself is a healthy snack because it provides fiber and nutrients. It’s the bag the popcorn is in that makes it bad for you because it’s filled with chemicals. Perfluorooctinoic acid, or PFOA – which is listed as a likely carcinogen, is a chemical used to keep the oils from leaking through the bag. PFOA is also the reason why the bag is not on fire when in the microwave. The butter flavor in the bag only adds to the list of reasons why you should skip this easy snack because the flavor is not really made of butter.

19. Low fat products

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Many of the holiday foods have “healthier” recipes that include reduced fat ingredients. The problem is that the “new product” not contains hydrogenated fats (replacing the saturated fat) but they increase the levels of dangerous trans-fats which are bad for the heart and increase your bad cholesterol. Another problem is the added sugar. To keep the same texture and taste of the low-fat food item, sugar has to be added. So in the end, you may be consuming the same amount of calories.