Classic Summer Foods You Should NEVER, EVER Eat from Classic Summer Foods You Should NEVER, EVER Eat
Classic Summer Foods You Should NEVER, EVER Eat
Summer means it’s time to get outside, whether that involves heading to the beach, visiting a local fair, going to a baseball game, or hosting a backyard barbecue for friends and family. All those fun activities, of course, tend to involve consuming summertime staples like hot dogs, snow cones, and fried dough.
Despite these dishes being a favorite, these fatty, high-calorie foods tend to do more harm than good to our bodies. For example, hot dogs are full of fat and sodium — plus, the bun adds another 100 calories to the meal. A corn dog isn’t any better, either. The deep-fried food contains roughly 1,000 milligrams of sodium (or more).
Another popular treat in the heat? Fried dough — think funnel cake and churros. Though tasty, these snacks are best avoided, especially since they often contain trans fats.
When it comes to sweets in the summer, try to limit your intake of sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices. Research has shown that gulping too many of these and similar beverages can lead to diabetes and weight gain.
Ribs don’t taste as delicious without being slathered in barbecue sauce, but be aware that the condiment contributes more calories into the dish. “Pork spare ribs pack 21.51 grams of fat into each 100-gram portion,” according to livestrong.com. “The marinade or barbecue sauce used to flavor your spare ribs will contain a high concentration of fat, sugar and sodium, further compounding the dish's harmful dietary effects.
Despite being a local fair favorite, it’s best to avoid the deep-fried food. A corn dog typically contains 20 grams of fat and a whopping 1,100-plus milligrams of sodium.
Fried dough, a summertime staple at local fairs and festivals, should be avoided at all cost —even if it is delicious ball of butter. The mixture of sugar, deep-fried flour, and butter contains trans fats, which raises the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. One 6-ounce serving of “Carnival/Fair Food - Fried Dough” contains 720 calories, 40 grams of fat, and 79 grams of carbs, according to myfitnesspal.com.
Hot dogs might be a popular item served at summer soirees, but that doesn’t mean you should be consuming them. The processed meat is full of fat and sodium. Plus, when you add a bun, it adds another 100 calories to your meal.
Ice Cream Sandwich
As if ice cream wasn’t already filled with enough sugar, sandwich the frozen treat between two chocolate chip cookies and now you have a snack that’s even higher in fat, calories, and carbohydrates. An ice cream sandwich typically contains 180 calories, with 16 grams of sugar and 150 milligrams of sodium, according to livestrong.com.
Delicious as they may be, lobster rolls aren’t necessarily healthier than a cheeseburger at a backyard barbecue. An old-fashioned Maine lobster roll contains 316 calories, with 25 grams of total fat, 33 grams of carbs and a shocking 1,870 milligrams of sodium. Why not enjoy the lobster without the mayonnaise and butter-coated bun instead?
It may be fine to share a few onion rings with friends, but let’s be real, who can only have a few? The deep-fried dish packs little health benefit and a lot of calories. According to myfitnesspal.com, a container of onion rings (21 pieces) involves 1,190 calories, 2,100 milligrams of sodium, and 112 grams of carbs.
This cold treat is made up of shaved ice and a whole lot of syrup typically made from high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to health concerns like weight gain and diabetes. Plus, the syrups are usually full of artificial food coloring, which has been linked to allergic reactions and hyperactivity. Instead of syrup, you can always replace it with a freshly squeezed fruit juice instead.
Soda, fruit juices, and energy and sports drinks may quench your thirst, but beware that these beverages are high in sugar and calories. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sugary drinks were the single-largest source of calories from added sugar in the American diet in 2010. Drinking too many sugary refreshments can lead to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.