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).
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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.