You’re hungry. You’re on the verge of being hangry! It’s snack time. If you don’t get your hands on a snack in the next 30 seconds, you can’t be held liable for what you do next. You reach for one of your trusted favorite tidbits for a fix. Ah, you’ve got your fix, and you’re good to go again. This scenario plays out for most of us at some point in time. There’s nothing wrong with the situation. However, there could potentially be a lot wrong with the snack you choose to eat. While something to nibble on may be immensely satisfying, it could be bad for your health. Not all snacks are as healthy as they may seem.
You might think that the odd unhealthy snack won’t do any harm. What’s the worst that could happen? In moderation, unhealthy snacks may do your body no substantial damage. When they become part and parcel of your everyday diet, it’s a different story. Excessive consumption of unhealthy snacks can lead to obesity and chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. There are loads of unhealthy snacks lining store shelves, just waiting for you to buy them. You might be surprised to find out that some of your favorite snacks that you thought were reasonably healthy aren’t. They could be harboring some harmful ingredients. Here are some snacks that any good nutritionist would completely ban you from eating to keep you healthy.
What baseball game would be complete without a typical old-fashioned hotdog? With so many hot dogs stands on the streets outside your office, how often do you indulge in one? They smell delicious, and they taste even better, especially once you’ve added your favorite condiments. Sizzling sausage with all the added extras is one satisfying snack. Hot dogs are so much part of the American culture that they even have a National Hot dog Day in July each year! Fast food outlets offer hot dogs at discounted prices on the day. On National Hot Dog Day, the North American Meat Institute hosts an annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill. Even those in the highest echelons of political society can’t say no to a tasty hot dog!
But here are the frightening statistics: hot dogs are made from processed meat which is bad for your health. A hot dog contains about 200 calories, 20g of total fat, and 600g of sodium. Nitrates added to preserve the hot dog turn into nitrites once ingested. The bread roll and condiments add even more to the mix. Processed meats are linked to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and reduced lifespan.