Warm-Weather Waist Wreckers

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It's summertime, and the living is easy—but eating healthfully can be hard. Some of the season's most popular foods, like potato salad and fried chicken, contain massive amounts of calories and fat, while others, such as hot dogs, boast ingredients that may be downright dangerous. How can you avoid the most frightening hot-weather fare?

Daiquiris. These refreshing libations may seem like a good way to cool down on a hot summer's day, but a single daiquiri packs more than 300 calories (70 more than a scoop of strawberry ice cream) and loads of sugar. If you're looking for slimming summer cocktails, opt for wine spritzers or sangria—and steer clear of other diet-deadly drinks, like piña coladas, Long Island iced teas, and wine coolers.
Snow Cones. This cool, colorful treat may look low-calorie (after all, it's basically a big chunk of ice), but looks can be deceiving. Thanks to the sugary syrup and flavorings, snow cones contain a whopping 550 calories per 12-ounce serving—and they're devoid of any nutritional value. Other empty-calorie summer culprits include taffy, cotton candy, and fried dough.
Cool Whip. With only 25 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving, this ubiquitous dessert topping has a reputation for being diet-friendly. But look a little closer at the label, and you'll find that it's far from nutritious. Cool Whip actually contains both high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oil (that's code for "trans fat"), an ingredient that could increase your chances of developing coronary artery disease.


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