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Three “Go-To” Snacks that Are “No-To” Snacks

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Jon Benson Articles

Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all you need—and want—to do? I hear ya. So how are you supposed to find the time to prepare healthy meals and snacks ahead of time, too? 
It’s tempting to give in and turn to convenience snacks along the way—snacks that you can grab quickly and store in your purse or backpack, or in your desk drawer at the office, to easily have on hand. 
There’s no question that snacking can be part of a healthy diet,  and help you achieve optimal energy levels throughout the day, while keeping your blood sugar levels more stabilized. But if you’re not careful about the snacks you’re choosing, you could be doing yourself far more harm than good. 
There are some very popular snacks out there that don’t do anything positive in terms of promoting good health. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they’re actually toxic for your body. 
By learning what these snacks are and then making sure to remove them from your diet, you’ll ensure that you’re putting only the highest quality foods into your body . . . each and every day. 
Now, let’s go over those three toxic snack foods that you should do away with immediately. 
1. Anything with Processed Cheese 
The first toxic snack food I want to talk about is any product that contains processed cheese. Whether it’s string cheese, cheese spread, or some other form of artificial cheese, in general these are not a good choice. 
They’re often very high in chemicals and can also add some saturatedfats—or, worse, transfats—into your diet
Plus, they don’t offer nearly the same amount of protein as real organic cheese . . . so they don’t provide health benefits in that regard either. 
If you want cheese, choose a smarter variety. Opt for Greek cheese or feta cheese and you’ll provide your body with more vitamins and minerals, along with energy for hours to come. 
2. Chips and Crackers 
The second toxic snack food to eliminate from your diet immediately is actually a pair of foods: chips and crackers. 
Even if they’re the “low fat” variety, don’t be fooled: These are still not a healthy addition to your diet
Snacks such as these typically contain transfats, which are the worst type that you could be adding to your diet. Even very small amounts consumed each day can easily put you in harm’s way. 
Also, these snacks are full of processed carbs. They’ll send your blood glucose levels soaring . . . only to  crash shortly thereafter. Not healthy, and not fun. 
3. Cereal and Energy Bars 
Last but not least on the list of toxic foods is any cereal or energy bar. Not only are these super high in sugar (which may be listed on the package as  glucose, fructose, or corn syrup, among other things), but many also contain artificial food dyes or colorings, which can actually harm your body. 
In addition, these types of bars are usually devoid of protein, so they won’t provide you with the well balanced, sustaining snack benefits you’re after. 
So there you have it: the three toxic snack foods that you should give the boot to immediately. Got it? Good. 🙂
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Jon Dana Benson
CEO, Fitology


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