If you are trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle or maybe lose weight, then snacks are your worst enemy! Snacks are so irresistible because they are tasty and are easily available. But snacks can single-handedly multiply the fat content in your body. And if they promise to be fat free, then the calorie content could be high.
We list 10 snacks that you must avoid as much as possible.
Potato Chips - Probably the most obvious entry on the list, potato chips are commonly mentioned when it comes to harmful snacks because a pack of potato chips can single-handedly put as much as 30 to 40 grams of fat in your body. Which is a lot!
Indian Sweets - These sweets are available throughout the year due to some celebration or the other. Indian sweets can be hard to refuse, either due to insistent relatives or because they are downright tasty! But jalebis, rasagollas, gulab jamuns, etc. are not at all healthy if consumed in excess. They contain a large amount of calories and can also increase the cholesterol content in your body.
Bakery Items - Surprised? Everybody assumed baked items
were healthy items, but now studies say otherwise! The presence of
hydrogenated fats in baked items is what makes it so lethal for you.
Hydrogenated fats are supposed to be the most harmful of artificial additives and should be avoided at all costs.
Burgers - Burgers are extremely popular among teenagers and school-going children today
because they are a quick meal, they are classified as 'cool' and they
are easily available at every nook and corner. But a burger is nothing
but a greasy, badly-made, unhealthy snack. And burgers always come with french fries, their partner-in-crime. The kinds of trans fats in burgers and fries are not at all healthy for your system and should be avoided completely. Add to it the cholesterol, nitrites, saturated fats and calorie content and you may just be chewing on a time-bomb!
Samosas - Ah, the trusted Indian snack. People believe it
is better than most 'western' snacks, but that is far from the truth.
Studies have shown over and again that samosas can be very fattening,
as much as any other fatty snack. Cholesterol,
digestion issues, trans fats, refined flour and the unhygienic
conditions under which samosas are made in India are ample reasons for
you to stop eating them!
Chocolates - Everybody loves chocolates! Fact is, chocolates are
high on fats and calories. Though they do have some positive effects on
the body, excessively consuming chocolate can make you fat. It can also
cause tooth decay and increase sugar levels in your system. So take it
easy on the chocolates from now on!
Colas - Carbonated beverages have become an integral part of
fast food today. Almost every snack comes with the mandatory bottle of
cola. Not only do they contain no nutrients, they supposedly contain
harmful ingredients like sugar, caffeine, phosphates etc. Colas have
also been shown to affect your teeth.
Ice-creams - Though ice creams are just supposed to be frozen milk, there are a lot of additives
that go into ice cream today, making it harmful. Many ice cream
companies add flavours and preservatives in their ice creams to make
them last longer and taste better, but there is no real clarity on
whether these substances are really healthy or even safe. Additives apart, eating ice cream too often can also increase your daily fat intake. Not advisable for those who want to lose weight!
- Pastries, cupcakes, cream cakes etc. are yummy and really complement
a good meal, but maybe you should think twice the next time. Creamy desserts are extremely rich and the icing or toppings that go on these desserts
are almost always 100% fat. Consuming such large proportions of fat can
be very harmful for the body. Also, they almost immediately add to your
Street Food - Street food is probably the most dangerous of the
lot, because not only do these items pose a risk of weight-gain, they
can also make you sick. Street food has been observed to be made in
very unhygienic surroundings, therefore threatening to expose you to
various diseases. Also, repeated use of oil causes the formation of
certain substances which are harmful to your heart. And street food
vendors are notorious for using the same oil over and over again, for
Healthy Snacks for Kids
Kids require healthy food when growing up, and as a parent it
is your duty to go the extra mile to ensure he does not binge on
unhealthy snacks. The best way to keep your child from eating outside
is by making snacks
for him at home. There are a lot of kid snack recipes available online
that you can try out. They are simple to make and will make your child
prefer healthy, home food.
You should also educate him on the ill effects of fast food with practical examples. Find tasty alternatives for burgers and chips and similar items. You can also minimize the oil you put in your snacks and choose to bake them instead.
With these snacks in mind, you too can adopt a healthier lifestyle. Just stay off these 10 fatty snacks!
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