In the previous article, I pointed out four popular foods that are surprisingly bad for you and will ultimately ruin your diet, regardless of how much broccoli, Brussel sprouts and spinach you shove into your gullet. But if those four popular foods aren’t enough, here are four more items that must be avoided if you have any chance of keeping your diet for more than a few days.
Deep Dish Fun Pack by Lunchables
Lunchables has become a staple brown bag lunch for the little ones for school, but they aren’t as “wholesome” as the label tells us. One of these mock-pizza boxes contains 470 calories, 20 grams of fat and 880 milligrams of sodium. Sure, this doesn’t sound that bad for a grown adult on a 2,000 calorie a day diet, but children do not have such a diet; kids don’t require so many calories, and as a result, this is not a prepackaged meal that you should be feeding your rugrats. Make them a peanut butter and jam sandwich to bring to school if you don’t have the time to prepare a healthy lunch.
Meaty P’Zone from Pizza Hut
These giant calzone/pizzas are not for anyone on a diet; in fact eating only one of these one pound monsters is equal to eating six slices of a regular pizza pie. If you want to have this hefty, meaty P’Zone, try to split it with a friend. Or two friends…or even three or four! One Meaty P’zone contains almost 1,500 calories, 66 grams of fat and a whopping 3,700 milligrams of sodium. If you need to have a slice of pizza, limit your quantity and keep your toppings limited to veggies.
Whole Grain Country Wheat Bread by Arnold’s
Here’s a brand that tries to trick their customers into thinking they are choosing a healthy loaf of bread. Don’t fall for any label that says “whole grain” as this could mean many different things. Try instead to find labels with “100 percent whole grain” as these are legitimate. Two slices of Arnold’s wheat bread contains 220 calories, 420 milligrams of sodium and a measly four grams of fiber. Sure, whole wheat bread is indeed a healthy alternative to simple white bread, this is not a reliable source, considering that Arnold’s does make a 100 percent whole wheat bread that is actually good for you. Remember; trust nothing with “whole grain” labels.
Reese’s Puffs breakfast cereal
I always find it fascinating that people eat such cereals and actually think they are eating healthy. Based on the popular chocolate-peanut butter cups, the Reese’s Puffs cereal is for the kids, and possibly not even that. In fact, one serving of this cereal actually contains more sugar than one cup of the treat it is based on. A 3/4 cup serving of this cereal along with a half a cup of skim milk contains 160 calories and 12 grams of sugar. Keep in mind that a single Reese’s peanut butter cup contains only seven grams of sugar.