Foods that can sabotage a diet

Whether it is a cup of fancy coffee in the morning, a dessert after dinner, or a grab-and-go lunch, they all top most Americans' favorite foods list. Unfortunately they also top the Center for Science in the Public Interest's list of foods you should never eat.

Christy Younger has diabetes. She found some of her old favorites on that list.

"I am a big fan of the buffets, so I'm sure I was accumulating a lot of calories there," said Younger.

She's lost 25 pounds by exercising and avoiding these kinds of foods.

The Chipotle Mexican Grilled Chicken Burrito ranked number nine on CSPI's naughty list. Just one has 1,180 calories and 19 grams of saturated fat. That's the same as eating three Subway Steak and Cheese subs.

"I think sometimes people don't realize what they are actually consuming," said Baylor University diabetes educator, Pam Davis.

Like a can of soup that has your entire day's worth of sodium.

"The places you are going to find the most sodium will be in your convenience foods, canned foods, packaged foods, frozen dinners, those types of things, and certainly restaurant food," said Davis.

A burger has plenty of salt, but it's the 1,000 calories and 30 grams of fat that's trouble in Burger King's Quad Melt. Pasta can be very deceiving as well. The most unassuming pasta dish could have 2,000 plus calories and 120 plus grams of fat, that is more than most need in a day.

"When you consume more than you should have in a whole day in one meal or one item, that's certainly out of line with a healthy diet," said Davis.

Starbucks' Venti Cafe Mocha with whip is five on the list. Think of it as a Quarter Pounder with cheese in a cup. Also on the naughty list, Dove ice cream, Cheesecake Factory's low-carb cheesecake and one of younger's old favorites, McDonalds' fried six-piece chicken strips.

Yet it's the Pepperidge Farm Chicken Pot Pie that is CSPI's least favorite. While you may think the 510 calories are worth it, take a closer look at the box. You'll see that's for just half and who eats that?

Actually all it takes is an extra 500 calories a day to gain one pound a week.



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