Are there ‘bad’ foods that people should avoid under all costs? Those calorie-laden foods that people tend to eat during winter, and which will make one grow big especially during winter when working out is like a nightmare? Some good news comes from experts who are of the opinion that there are no real ‘bad foods’ in the world. What is there is that regulated bites of everything even the most fattening foods in the world can be incorporated into any diet. However, there are certainly foods that are bad than others. Here is an overview.
1. Macaroni and cheese is a beloved comfort food for many, both adults and kids alike. However, it can wreak much destruction in your diet and health if you aren’t careful. This is because a simple 12-ounce serving of your favorite Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese contains 529 calories and 25.7 grams of fat, 10.6 of which are saturated fats. If you toss in an ingredient like a high fat sausage or meat, rest assured the calories will climb very high and very fast.
2. Cheese and cream based casseroles, or casseroles topped with bacon, buttered crackers, and fried onions. We all love the traditional muddle brown casserole glutinous with cheese and potatoes. However, a single serving contains a whopping 568 calories and 40 grams of fat, 21 of which are saturated fats. Note that this is a side dish, not to mention the calories from the main dish.
3. Cream based chowders, soups, and bisques. The facts of these are staggering, to say the least. Note that soups are always very rich in sodium, meaning if you decide to crumble your favorite salty cracker into a bowl of soup or top it up with cheese, the levels of sodium will soar to unimaginable levels. A typical one-cup serving of your favorite Harry’s Lobster Bisque (Costco) contains 380 calories and 27 grams of fat, 16 of which are saturated fats, and then add 1,240mgs of sodium. On the other hand, the New England clam chowder at Chili’s contains 940 calories and 65 grams of fat, 34 of which are saturated fats.
4. Chili with stew made with sausage, ground beef, and/ or with cheese. Note that if you make chili and stew at home with tiny parts of lean meat, lots of veggies and beans and a small sprinkle of cheese, rest assured chili and stew will be the most nutritious and filling meal ever. However, when ordering out, be cautious. A typical bowl of chili with stew from Chili’s is loaded with 500 calories and 35 grams of fat, 15 of which are saturated fats. At Quizno’s, the same is loaded with 760 calories and 23 grams of fat, 7 of which are saturated fats.
5. Cheesecakes are mostly loaded with fats that will clog your arteries. A single slice of chocolate Oreo mudslide cheesecake made from the famous Cheesecake Factory, it will contain 1,050 calories and 71 grams of fat, 34 of which are saturated fats. Perhaps you are thinking you can order a muffin to satisfy your cream-cheese craving. A typical Starbuck’s pumpkin cream cheese muffin contains 490 calories and 24 grams of fat, 6 of which are saturated fats. If you must satisfy your craving, why not skip these calorie-laden desserts and go for a 150-calorie skinny cow ice cream cone.
6. Another winter favorite for many is a pie topped with ice or whipped cream. Most people are probably blinded by the healthy ingredients contained there, such as the antioxidant-laden fruits, heart-healthy nuts etc. However, if you complete reading the ingredient list, you will come across calorie-laden ingredients. If you take a slice of a simple coconut cream pie served at Denny’s, you will intake 701 calories and 32 grams of fat, 20 of which are saturated fats. On the other end is a simple Shoney’s apple pie a la mode which contains 1,203 calories and 53g of fat, 23.7 of which are saturated.
7. Cookies are also a favorite winter snack for many people. However, if you care to study the calories in a single CD-sized pack cookies which are commonly sold at restaurants and bakeries, you will be dumbfounded. Take for example the 4.5 ounce simple peanut butter cup cookie served at Dunkin’s Donuts, it contains 590 calories and 29 grams of fat, 13 of which are saturated fats.
8. The 2.5 ounce shortbread cookie served at Panera on the other hand contains 350 calories and 21 g of fat, 12 of which are saturated fats. If you must take it, the only sound advice is to split it into two.
9. Another favorite winter food is the creamy pot pie that has pastry at the tom and below. Note that the pastry on top and below gives you a double dose of high-fat coating, not to mention the calorie-laden filling.