Unhealthy Foods You Should Never Buy at a Gas Station
If you’ve ever been on a road trip, you already know that a gas station is far more than a place to fuel up. You’ll find all kinds of tasty treats and tempting snacks in the store aisles, and some even have heartier fare like hot dogs, pizza, and fried chicken.
Gas station snacks are a great road trip guilty pleasure, but they can be a dietary disaster. If you’re watching your waistline, steer clear of these unhealthy foods.
Hot dogs are, by far, one of the unhealthiest meats you can eat. They’re made with meat trimmings from various animals and full of sodium, fat, corn syrup, and other additives. Plus, the nitrates won’t do your health any favors.
Next: This treat will cause a major blood pressure spike.
Those little donuts might look like a sweet snack, but they’ve got at least 15 grams of sugar, meaning your blood sugar will spike in a second and you’ll be hungry again quickly. Just four donuts have 240 calories, 12 grams of fat, and tons of sodium.
Next: This is nacho best option.
Not only is that gas station queso sauce unhealthy, it could actually be deadly. In May 2017, one person died and nine were hospitalized after eating nacho cheese from a gas station in Sacramento that tested positive for botulism. If it happened once, it can happen again.
Next: This is a tempting snack, but you should skip it.
Check those labels. Potato chips are often made with olestra, a fat substitute that binds to vitamins A, E, D, and K as well as carotenoids, and flushes them out of the body. Carotenoids provide vital and healthy antioxidants.
Next: There is nothing natural or healthy about these beverages.
Those gas station slushies might look tempting on a warm day in the middle of a long road trip, but they’re loaded with sugar, calories, and harmful chemicals (that’s how they get their color and flavor). Also, the machines may not be cleaned often enough, so there’s a good chance they’re full of mold.
Next: This snack is both salty and sweet, but you’ll eat a lot more than you’re meant to.
Chocolate covered pretzels
These might be tasty, but it’s almost as if they were designed to destroy your diet. Not only are they full of salt, sugar, and fat, but a serving size is just eight — and it’s basically impossible to stop after so few.
Next: When you’re tempted to grab this off the shelf, just keep walking.
Making your own jerky at home is actually fairly healthy, but store bought jerky is terrible for you. It’s loaded with preservatives like MSG, and so are its friends, Slim Jims.
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