Special Report

Summer Snacks That Are Actually Ruining Your Diet

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16. Soft drinks

Soft drinks have been suspected to be a “key contributor to the epidemic of overweight and obesity” in a medical review by the National Institutes of Health, because they contain so much sugar. Some research has even suggested that drinking just one fewer serving of soda per week can lead to weight loss.

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17. Anything fried

All kinds of fried foods are common in the summer, especially at state fairs. But fried foods, especially if fried in certain oils, contain trans fat. Trans fats tend to cause more weight gain around the stomach. The World Health Organization has recommended that all countries ban trans fats from being used in foods. Foods manufactured with partially hydrogenated oils in the United States will be fully banned effective Jan. 1, 2021.

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18. Hot dogs

Summer is the time for barbecues and hot dogs are always on the menu. But you’re not likely to find a health expert who will recommend them as a regular food choice because of their low nutritional value. A typical pork hot dog contains 155 calories and 14 g of total fat and more than 400 mg of sodium — and this is before you add the typical condiments like ketchup and mustard. And who eats just one and is done?

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19. Potato salad

Hot dogs and potato salad just go together in the summer. While a delicious combination, it’s not diet-friendly. Most potato salad recipes, even the old-fashioned and classic ones, contain about a quarter of a cup of mayonnaise. Just one cup of potato salad, which is about 250 grams, contains more than 350 calories. Burning them off will take about half an hour of running or an hour and a half of walking.

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20. Funnel cakes

Funnel cakes are a staple in the summer, especially at carnivals, fairs, and theme parks. And even though they can be baked, and thus a bit healthier, they are typically deep-fried at such events. You can at least opt for fresh fruit instead of powdered sugar. The main ingredients are basically sugar and fat — or to be specific, eggs, flour, sugar, oil, and butter. Just one six-inch cake has about 280 calories.