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Found this article online. Want to know what you guys think about it and who disagrees or agrees with it.

There will always be those fattening foods that are easy to make, easy to get, and easy to crave. You think ‚??OK, I know this is bad but it can‚??t be that bad!‚?Ě Think again. Here are the top seven foods you should never ever feed your family or yourself!


 1. Doughnuts It‚??s hard to resist the smell of a Krispy Kreme doughnut, which is why I never step foot in the store. Doughnuts are fried chock-full of sugar and white flour and loads of trans fat. According to the Krispy Kreme website, an average 3.5 ounce sugar doughnut weighs in with about 400 calories and contains few other nutrients besides fat. These sugary treats may satisfy your craving but it won‚??t satisfy your hunger as most of the calories come from fat. "Eating a lot of refined sugar contributes to blood sugar ‚??swings‚?? or extreme fluctuations,‚?Ě eDiets Chief Nutritionist Susan Burke said.

2. Cheeseburger with fries The age-old classic may be delicious but think twice before sinking your teeth into that Big Mac. The
saturated fat found in cheese burgers has been linked to heart attacks, strokes and some types of cancer. ‚??In fact, fast-food portions are gargantuan, almost double the calories per meal compared to 20 years ago," Susan says. "Twenty years ago the average fast-food cheeseburger had about 300 calories. Today‚??s BK Whopper with cheese has 720. To burn the excess 420 calories, you‚??d have to run for 40 minutes. For example, in 1985 a medium French fry had 240 calories, 2.4 ounces. Today‚??s ‚??medium‚?? is 6.9 ounces and 610 calories. "This fast-food meal of cheeseburger and fries has way too many calories and fat grams, not to mention grams of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol and sodium.‚?ĚLet‚??s break down this meal. First, take the white-flour bun (refined carbohydrates), then add some processed cheese (saturated fat and trans fat, plus lots of additives and preservatives) and then top off with fried red meat (cholesterol and saturated fats). And let‚??s not forget about the condiments such as the always fattening mayonnaise.

Not sounding so appetizing anymore, huh? Oh, and let‚??s not forget about the infamous side dish. You cheeseburger will most likely come with a side of French fries, which is sadly the most popular vegetable dish in the U.S. Don‚??t kid yourself, French fries are not vegetables, they are extremely high in fat and contain a tiny amount of nutrients.


3. Fried Chicken and Chicken Nuggets With the recent class-action lawsuit between The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and KFC, the health risks posed by fried foods are becoming more public. The CSPI is suing the food chain for their use of cooking oil containing unhealthy trans fats. The lawsuit seeks to order KFC to use other types of cooking oils and to inform customers how much trans fats KFC‚??s food contains. Foods cooked in highly heated oils (most notably partially hydrogenated oil) have been known to cause cancer, weight gain and other serious health risks if ingested regularly. A 10-piece chicken McNugget from McDonald‚??s has 420 calories, 24 grams of fat and 1120 milligrams of sodium. One Extra Crispy Chicken Breast from KFC has around 420 calories and eight grams of saturated fat. So unless you want to super size yourself, it‚??s best to make a clean break with fried foods.

4. Oscar Mayer's Lunchables Sure they are convenient and easy, but boy are they unhealthy! These kid-marketed lunches are loaded with saturated fat and sodium. They usually contain highly processed meats and cheeses, white flour crackers and sugary treats. Lunchables get two-thirds of their calories from fat and sugar. And they provide lopsided nutrition since they contain no fruits or vegetables. They insidiously promote obesity by making kids think that lunch normally comes in a cellophane-wrapped box," Susan says. "Parents are promoting their children‚??s obesity by buying these items. They‚??re expensive, too. Pack a sandwich and save dollars and health.‚?Ě

5.Sugary Cereal Not all cereals are created equally. And while your kids might beg for the latest cookie or marshmallow chocolate surprise cereals, it is a safe bet they are about as healthy as a dessert. Keywords to look out for are puffed, dyed and sweetened.

Most kids‚?? cereals are so highly processed they no longer look like the grains they were originally made from. A healthy alternative is oatmeal. Although, if you are buying pre-packaged oatmeal make sure to check the label and see how much sugar it contains, you might be surprised. little sugar isn‚??t a problem but when the first ingredient on the box is sugar, then watch out," she said. "There is no fruit in Froot Loops. But the unsweetened original Cheerios or Rice Krispies are fine, and you can sweeten them naturally with blueberries and strawberries.‚?Ě

6. Processed Meats. What falls under the category of processed meats? Hot dogs, sausage, jerky, bacon, certain lunch meats and meats used in canned soup products. Almost all processed meats have sodium nitrite added as a preservative. recent study conducted at the University of Hawaii found that sodium nitrite can act as ‚??a precursor to highly carcinogenic nitrosamines -- potent cancer-causing chemicals that accelerate the formation and growth of cancer cells throughout the body.‚?Ě So eliminate these meats from your diet before they eliminate you!

7. Canned soup. Sometimes regarded as a healthy food, soups can be very deceiving. You must stay on your guard because many canned soups have high levels of trans fats, sodium and artificial preservatives such as MSG. Just one serving (which is roughly one cup) can have almost 1,000 milligrams of salt. Also, steer clear of soups that are cream-based, they can be high in calories and fat.
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Thanks for the great information Rahana..
I dont think you should NEVER eat those things. Sure they arent healthy at all But on occasion is ok to splurge every once inawhile. If you deprive your body of those foods its just sitting you up to binge on them. And im sorry but life without donuts and cheesburgers and fries would be kinda depressing (well to me)
I agree with purrfectprincess. The idea that our bodies are so fragile that there are some foods we can never, ever eat is, frankly, silly. One cheeseburger once in awhile won't kill you--heck, you could probably even have one a month and still do OK. I eat canned soup (Campbell's tomato, usually) and while the ones I choose are high in sodium, they certainly have no trans fats--I check the labels. I'm not a big donut-eater, but yesterday I had a Timbit from Tim Horton's and I'm still standing today. Sure, these aren't things you should be incorporating into your everyday life, but once in awhile won't do you any lasting harm and more than going out for a couple of beers once in awhile will.
I have to agree with the article.  I am not saying I have never eaten these foods, but they are the most un-healthy things you could put in your body.  And if you eat these foods, you are unlikely to eat the things you should be eating, like fresh fruits and veggies or whole grains.
I also agree that if you eat them *sparingly* (like a couple times a year, not a couple times a month) you'd probably be fine.  But people who eat these foods do not eat them sparingly.  They eat them as a regular diet and that is not OK. (for your health)
I like the opinions I am getting. cool

I agree with al of you. Some of those foods should only be eaten once in a while. not like some people who eat it everyday..
I no longer eat any of these foods.  Sometimes I think about it, then work out the nutrtional information and decide that I don't want to spend my calorie allowance on junk.
clairelaine, I do the same thing!  Used to eat all of them, now don't eat any of them.  Like you, I've thought about it, but I hate to have empty calories or tons of sodium or fat in one little meal and then feel like I shouldn't eat any more or should but then end up way over my goals.
I think it's interesting to see the responses, as well. newveggie said that "people who eat these foods do not eat them sparingly.  They eat them as a regular diet and that is not OK. (for your health)"

Oh, really?

Yesterday I did not eat healthily. I had a Timbit (well, half one, actually) at work, a bagel with full-fat cream cheese for dinner, and popcorn and a pancake with jam at a friend's house as we were watching a movie. I did not make good choices. I eat canned soup once in awhile, for something easy to make (and pretty healthy; the kind I eat rates an A- on here) when I'm in a rush. Sometimes I have fries from the chip truck next to work. Mostly, thought, I eat whole foods, in moderation, keeping an eye on my balance of fat/protein/carbs and my total calories. So far today I've eaten: for breakfast, one egg, 45g of tofu, 3/4 cu of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/.3 cup of blueberries and 1/2 tsp honey, and for lunch, 2 apples, 40 g reduced-fat cheese, 1/2 cup fat-free sugar-free yogurt, and a cup of 1% milk. For dinner I plan to have a tofu stir-fry. I eat some of these bad foods. I have not cut them completely out of my diet, and I don't plan to, because they are tasty and sometimes they are part of a larger gathering (like eating out with friends/family) that I want to take part in. But, contrary to your statement, I don't eat them regularly, and I know a lot of people who do the same.

There is so much stereotyping going on with regards to healthy eating these days. People believe that they can judge you completely based on the way you eat, or on other behaviours like smoking. Yes. McDonald's and smoking are both bad for your health. But that doesn't mean there is a "certain kind" of McDonald's eater, or a certain kind of smoker, or that we can judge and understand their habits and beliefs.

Sorry for the rant, guys. This kind of generalization drives me crazy. I could seriously have gone on for hours.
I've never understood the worship of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, but perhaps that is because I prefer cake rather than yeast doughnuts.

I had a cheeseburger (a regular ol' cheeseburger, not a Big Mac or double quarter-pounder or even a double cheeseburger) from McD's on Saturday. No fries. Sorry to disappoint the author of the article, but not all of us automatically get fries with our burgers.

KFC, McD's, and other fast food joints do not have a monopoly on fried chicken. It may be terribly out of fashion, but some people eat home cookin', and that might include fried chicken. Maybe the author has never had a home-cooked meal?

Puffed wheat and puffed rice cereals are perfectly fine. "Puffed" is not a synonym for "sugary."

I think the author needs to be more exact. A broad brush and scare tactics do not a decent article make; neither does bias. What is the source of this article? I'm sure it's from a place advancing a particular point of view (which is fine, of course) rather than one that has a dispassionate interest in eating habits.
Oh elm, you beat me to it!!
I don't think there was any judging of any people who eat those foods.

There was some judging of the foods. But surely we can distinguish between us and the foods that we might or might not eat.

Maybe it's OK if some people NEVER eat those foods.  Maybe it's OK for some people to occasionally eat those foods.  It could even be OK for some people to frequently eat those foods.

I NEVER eat turnip greens.  Does that mean I'm a bad person? No. It means that in spite of the nutrition contained in said greens, I choose not to eat them anyway and accept what the consequences are for my body.

If you choose to eat the foods listed above, you should understand and accept  that whatever the consequences are for you, that you created that state of health for yourself.

If you wish to say that there are no negative consequences from eating the foods on that list -- that is a very individual thing and I wonder how you would be able to make such a statement for each and every other person in the world.
haha athena, I like the cake doughnuts, too--not a big fan of the sweetened bread type.

nomoreexcuses--I don't think anyone here is saying that it's never bad to eat those foods. I was saying that I think it's unfair (and yes, judgemental!) to believe that you know someone's general eating habits based on one or two occasional food choices. I think athena was saying just about the same thing.

All things in moderation, that's all I'm sayin'. The idea of some kind of easy answer where you just cut certain things out completely is wayyyy too black-and-white for this gray-shaded world.
I guess in defense of myself now...

I have never sterotyped anyone based on the foods they eat.  I myself have eaten these foods, and still do eat some of them.  But there are health consequenses for those of us who do.  That is just the facts.

And what I mean by sparingly is exactly what I said.  A couple times of year maybe.  But once a week?  Once a month even?  Okay maybe ONCE a month.  But I know if I really liked cheeseburgers I would eat them more than a couple times a year.

I am not sterotyping anyone, I am just here to say I agree with the article.  Eat these foods and you pay the consequences.
See...the cheeseburger and fries one kind of pisses me off.  They take the smallest burger from 20 years ago and compare it with one of the biggest?  Yes the whopper is loaded with fat and calories and is huge...but it's not a regular cheeseburger.  It's a damn WHOPPER.  A burger king cheeseburger has 350 calories, which isnt much more than 20 years ago.

When it comes down to it, it's not Burger King's fault that people EAT more nowadays.  Sure they're preying on people who can't afford a homecooked meal (money or timewise) but that's their job...they're a business and they're trying to make money.  As some of us like to say...there are no EVIL foods, only foods we should have in moderation.  And now I'm hungry for a whopper and fries.
Well, the point I'd like to make is that some of those foods really should not be eaten by certain people.

For instance - there's no room in a diabetic's diet for doughnuts - not if that person values their long term health and well-being

Also, the sodium content of some of those foods is sky high. As a person who has been battling with high blood pressure, I am not going to eat canned soup or processed meats anymore.  It would not be any consolation to me if I had a stroke and thought afterwards, well, at least I had all things in moderation.

I think the reason those foods were singled out is that they all contain ingredients that are associated with the major diseases that afflict Americans: refined sugar, sodium, and trans-fats: diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

elmfraser, the judgemental comment you're referring to: "But people who eat these foods do not eat them sparingly.  They eat them as a regular diet and that is not OK. (for your health)"  Do you disagree that there are many, many people who eat these foods as their regular diet?  Do you think your diet management reflects the way most people eat these foods?  Perhaps newveggie should have said, most or many people....  But come on -- eating a Big Mac doesn't make you a bad person and I hope there's nobody on these boards that would believe something like that.

The article was obviously written for people who are less conscious of the nutrient content of their food than probably most of the people in this forum.  But I don't think any harm would come to people who eliminated those foods.  And possibly some benefit would result.  But we all know that radical changes in diet are just not easy to accomplish. So if someone read that article and decided not to get doughnuts for breakfast every day of the week, but only 3 days, maybe that would be an improvement for them.
finewine- I comepletely agree with you.  Those 350 cal cheeseburgers are probably the same little cheeseburger from forever ago.
A whopper is, like you said, not a regular cheeseburger!

I do find it sad however that it is true that poorer families have a hard time finding time or money to cook at home healthy meals.  This is not the industries fault though.  Like you said, they're a business, trying to make money like everyone else.  We all have to survive.
Good list for sure.  I am happy to say that I can't remember the last time that I ate any of those things.  Well maybe the soup but I always check the label for the sodium content and trans fats.  There are so many yummy and healthy alternatives to all of those items.  :)
Thank you nomoreexcuses!  I should clarify but you know what I meant!  Sorry to sound as if I was sterotyping, but I wasnt.
Thank you
ahh, athena . . . I understand about liking the other kind of donuts, but . . .

Krispy Kremes were my favorite in college . . . we'd go out dancing, and on the way home there would be the glorious "hot, fresh, NOW!" sign beckoning us into the fragrant, fat-filled store . . . . we'd eagerly watch as hundreds of the sweet, puffy things slid down the conveyor belt, dripping liquid sugar as they went, and our mouths would start to water . . . needless to say, they were fluffy, sticky, and delicious and went great with our coffees and chocolate milks . . . .

*sigh*

I don't eat them any more, partly because we don't have an actual store here and they aren't so great boxed up from the grocery or gas station and mostly because they are so horrible for me, but every now and then, I do miss them . . .

*sheepish grin*

As for the other foods on the list, well, having a bf with congestive heart failure cuts out the possibilities of eating almost all of those things for him and I try to be supportive.  I have had a few McD's fries, though, and didn't feel the need to have tons.  They were good, but not as good as I'd built them up to be after not having them for a long time.
I'm just not a fan of articles where they pick and choose what they want people to believe.  Compare apples with apples, ya know?  Don't compare a huge burger with a small burger and say that its typical. "Hey look!  this 8 oz burger has more calories than this 3 oz burger!!  Damn corporate monopolies!!"  It seems like another article trying to cash in on the "supersize me" train.  Pick on fast food places for making horribly unhealthy foods available, but not on the people who eat them.  Notice how they only talk about the fast food joints and the processed foods?  As was mentioned earlier, people are cooking the exact same stuff at HOME...so why don't they mention that?  Instead of saying to avoid burger king whoppers and fries...why not say to avoid red meats and french fries IN GENERAL?  Instead of picking on KFC, why not say to avoid fried chicken IN GENERAL?  Granted their stuff is unhealthier than homemade stuff...but not by much.  I blow my nose at you, so called "health article". 
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