1.KRAFT MACARONI & CHEESE DINNER ORIGINAL
(1 cup prepared)
400 calories, 19 g fat (4.5 g saturated, 4 g trans), 710 mg sodium
This iconic box is a nutritional disaster, complete with more than 2 days’ worth of trans fats per serving.
2.BETTY CROCKER SUDDENLY PASTA SALAD CLASSIC
(1 cup prepared)
330 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 1,040 mg sodium
This side dish packs a staggering 40 percent of your daily sodium.
3.BUMBLE BEE EASY PEEL SENSATIONS LEMON & PEPPER SEASONED TUNA MEDLEY WITH CRACKERS
(103 g, 1 can with crackers)
200 calories, 7.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 460 mg sodium
Blame the oily marinade.
4.HORMEL LEAN HAM WITH SMOKE FLAVORING
(2 oz, 56 g)
90 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 620 mg sodium
Canned ham carries far more sodium than fresh ham. Unless you simply must have it, switch to chicken and save yourself the added cardiovascular strain.
5.PASTA RONI FETTUCCINE ALFREDO
(1 cup prepared with 2% milk and margarine)
450 calories, 24 g fat (7 g saturated, 3.5 g trans), 1,050 mg sodium
Alfredo is bad enough as it is, but Pasta Roni’s version compounds the nutritional negligence with partially hydrogenated oil, monosodium glutamate, and a smattering of artificial colors. Each serving of this side dish has a meal’s worth of calories, two-thirds of your day’s sodium allotment, and 2 days’ worth of trans fats. Safe yourself by boiling your own pasta and tossing it with olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan. It has the sodium equivalent of 97 Cheez-Its!
(1 g, 1 packet)
0 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sugars, 0 g sugar alcohols
The FDA deems aspartame safe, but more than a few studies have challenged the artificial
7.KING ARTHUR GLUTEN FREE FLOUR
(30 g, 3 Tbsp)
110 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g fiber
White rice flour is nutritionally bankrupt, just like all white flours.
8.UDI’S GLUTEN FREE DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS
(85 g, 1 muffin)
270 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 25 g sugars
Contains more sugar than a Snickers bar.
9.TERRA SWEET POTATO CHIPS
(1 oz, 17 chips)
160 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 10 mg sodium
These chips support our stance that the healthy reputation of sweet potatoes has been somewhat overhyped.
10.EL SABROSO ORIGINAL GUACACHIP
(1 oz, 28 g)
150 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated), 160 mg sodium
The bag says “real avocados,” but the ingredients statement says “avocado powder.”
11.BUGLES SWEET & SALTY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER
(32 g, ⅔ cup)
170 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated), 150 mg sodium
Four different kinds of oil give this mix as much saturated fat as six strips of bacon.
12.CHEEZ-IT SNACK MIX DOUBLE CHEESE
(30 g, 3⁄4 cup)
470 mg sodium, 130 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
If the sodium count itself doesn’t scare you, how about this: The word “salt” appears in the ingredients list 11 times.
(2 Tbsp kernels, 4 1⁄2 cups popped)
5 g trans fats, 180 calories, 12 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 310 mg sodium
Microwave popcorn is one of the biggest contributors of trans fats to the American diet. The reason: Popcorn companies still rely on partially hydrogenated oil to pop their kernels. Shovel in this whole bag during your next movie night and you’ve just put down 15 grams of the bad stuff, 10 times what experts deem safe to consume in a day.
14.ORVILLE REDENBACHER’S POP UP BOWL MOVIE THEATER BUTTER
(2 cups popped)
70 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated), 80 mg sodium
Don’t let a gimmicky “Pop Up Bowl” influence the quality of the popcorn you eat.
15.JOLLY TIME BLAST O BUTTER
(2 cups popped)
90 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated, 2 g trans), 170 mg sodium
Jolly Time isn’t shy about pouring on the partially hydrogenated oils. One serving has more trans fats than you should consume in a day.
16.FRUIT ROLL-UPS STRAWBERRY
(14 g, 1 roll)
50 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 7 g sugars, 0 g fiber
Made from 14 ingredients including partially hydrogenated oils. The one ingredient missing? Fruit.
17.SUNSWEET CALIFORNIA GROWN DATES CHOPPED
(40 g, ¼ cup)
120 calories, 0 g fat, 27 g sugars, 3 g fiber
The sugar coating pushes these dates dangerously close to candy status.
18.NABISCO CHOCOLATE CREME OREO
(30 g, 2 cookies)
150 calories, 7 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 110 mg sodium, 13 g sugars
And the regular Oreos are even worse—they deliver an extra gram of sugar and 10 extra calories per serving.
19.KEEBLER CHIPS DELUXE OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP
(31 g, 2 cookies)
150 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated), 105 mg sodium, 10 g sugars
Add just one of these 75-calorie Keebler cookies to your daily diet and you’ll gain nearly 8 pounds this year.
20.ENTENMANN’S LITTLE BITES FUDGE BROWNIES
(62 g, 1 pack)
270 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated), 25 g sugars
Entenmann’s brownies are only slightly better than its doughnuts.