Stay Healthy! Four Foods to Avoid

Posted Jul 19, 2012 | Posted in Fitness & Nutrition

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At Johnston Health, we strive to be helpful members of the community. We encourage our friends, family and neighbors to be proactive about nutrition because small decisions can lead to substantial improvements in quality of life.

A few preventive measures can keep your arteries open and heart pumping. Here are a few unhealthy foods to avoid over the summer:

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Feeling sick? Every can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup makes more than two servings, and there’s 760mg of sodium in a single cup. Too much sodium may lead to high blood pressure and serious, if not life-threatening, fluid build-ups. According to the U.S. National Library of Health, healthy adults should limit sodium intake to 2,300 mg, and those with high blood pressure should not eat more than 1,500 mg.

Cold Stone milkshake

It’s hard to deny a creamy milkshake on a hot day, but it’s better to pass up Cold Stone than pass out. Cold Stone’s largest milkshake, a 24-oz. “Gotta Have It” version, weighs in at nearly 2,000 calories and packs a staggering 69 grams of saturated fat. To put that into perspective, doctors suggest that men eat no more than 30 grams of saturated fat per day. Women should eat no more than 20 grams of saturated fat daily.

Pop Secret Kettle Corn

Movie night may end in a terrifying climax if you routinely eat a whole bag of Pop Secret Kettle Corn popcorn. This brand suggests you eat just one-third of a bag per serving. Eat it all and you’ve downed 15 grams of trans fat – more than seven times your daily recommended value.

Arby’s Sausage Gravy Biscuit

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but your morning will start off salty if you choose this fast-food fiasco. Finish the plate and you’ll add nearly 600 calories and 2,000 mg (that’s not a typo) of sodium in a single sitting. Without potassium as a balance, your blood pressure could be at risk.

Eating healthy can add years to your life. It’s hard to put a price tag on a clean bill of health. Want to add an extra level of wellness? Learn more about HealthQuest Wellness Center now.

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