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Obesity Just As Unhealthy As Lifelong Smoking
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Obesity Just As Unhealthy As Lifelong Smoking

Obesity Just As Unhealthy As Lifelong SmokingA new report from Oxford University which followed over one million people has found that obesity trims off years of life expectancy (1). People with severe obesity lost as much as 10 years of life expectancy. Researchers found that one of the only other life choices that had this kind of affect on life expectancy was smoking.

What makes this worse is that losing 10 years of life expectancy is equivalent to smoking for your entire life. “This 10 year loss is equal to the effects of lifelong smoking. ” (1).

Sources: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2009-03-18-moderate-obesity-takes-years-life-expectancy

Are Subway’s Meatball Subs Unhealthy
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Are Subway’s Meatball Subs Unhealthy

Are Subway’s Meatball Subs UnhealthyYES! Subway’s meatball subs are very unhealthy and are high in fat, calories, and sodium. Subway’s meatball marinara has a whopping 960 calories (not including cheese, and sauce). So this means that if you add some cheese and sauce, which many people do, you are eating a sandwich with over 1,000 calories.

High amounts of fat in meatballs

The part that makes the meatball marinara sandwich so unhealthy is the amount of fat that it contains. A foot long meatball marina sandwich contains 36 grams of fat which is more than half of the recommended fat you should eat in a day (1). Plus one gram of that fat is trans fat, which is an extremely unhealthy fat. Trans fat lowers your good cholesterol and increases your bad cholesterol making it absolutely terrible for your heart and body (2).

The final factor that makes this sub so unhealthy is the amount of sodium inside the sandwich. There are 1,840 mg of sodium which is 75% of your daily value (1)! This is extremely dangerous for you if you have a history of high blood pressure.

Subway does offer plenty of sandwiches under 300 calories and less than 6 grams of fat but if you are anyone watching your weight and health AVOID the meatball marina.

Sources: 1. http://www.subway.com/nutrition/nutritionlist.aspx,
2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/trans-fat/art-20

Starbucks’ White Hot Chocolate
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Be Careful Of Starbucks’ White Hot Chocolate

white-hot-chocolateMost people would assume that a cup of hot chocolate is pretty unhealthy. That’s pretty obvious since it’s steamed milk with sugar and whipped cream. The part that really surprises people is just exactly how unhealthy a hot white chocolate from Starbucks is!

Starbucks’ white hot chocolate (venti)

  • 590 calories
  • 23 grams of fat
  • 78 grams of sugar

White hot chocolate has more calories than a Big Mac

This is the fact or statistic that might surprise you the most. A McDonald’s big mac has 530 calories, which is actually less than a Starbucks’ white chocolate coming in at 590 calories. Even if you order the smaller version of the white chocolate (Grande 160z), it’s still very close with 480 calories.

McDonald’s big mac label versus Starbucks’ white chocolate nutrition label

McDonald’s Big Mac nutrition: Click Here

Starbucks’ white hot chocolate nutrition: Click Here

Is eating a McDonald’s salad unhealthy
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Is eating a McDonald’s salad unhealthy

McDonald’s saladYES. McDonald’s salads can be very unhealthy. You might think that you are being healthy by eating a salad at McDonald’s but you may be surprised to find out that most of their salads have more calories and fat than their cheeseburgers.

McDonald’s Southwest Crispy Chicken Salad: 480 Calories, with 24 grams of fat.

McDonald’s Bacon McDouble Cheeseburger: 440 Calories, with 22 grams of fat.

The reason that the salads are so unhealthy is due to the fact that they come with a lot of high calorie foods. First off, the salad comes with a very high fat dressing. Most dressings have well over 10 grams of fat which is a lot of unnecessary calories. Next, most salads come with croutons. Croutons are extremely high in calories which boost up the salad’s calories. Next most salads come with cheese, high in fat and calories, and other sorts of tortilla chips. Finally, if it wasn’t bad enough, the salad then comes with various meats! In the example above the salad came with Crispy chicken. This is deep fried chicken which is extremely unhealthy.

How do I make McDonald’s salads less unhealthy

If you are ever stuck at eating at McDonalds, you should learn some tips on how to order a healthier salad.

  1. If you want chicken on your salad ask for grilled chicken, this is a lot healthier than crispy.
  2. Ask for low fat dressing, by default they will give you the full fat dressing.
  3. If you can eat your salad without dressing you will be saving A LOT of fat and calories.
  4. Get your salad without croutons. As mentioned before they are extremely high in sodium and fat
  5. Avoid additional toppings such as cheese if you can
  6. McDonald’s offers a side salad which has 20 calories! This is their healthiest option (assuming you don’t use dressing)

At their core, salads are very healthy, but the way Americans like to eat them is very unhealthy. So the next time you are McDonald’s and trying to lose weight, reconsider that your “healthy” salad may not be so healthy after all.