14 of the Worst-of-the-Worst Junk Foods

“Junk food” refers to processed foods that have low nutritional value. In fact, some may contain downright harmful ingredients.

Unfortunately, these foods are usually tasty, inexpensive and widely available.

However, research suggests that frequent consumption of junk food can lead to food addiction, overeating and obesity.

Here are 14 of the unhealthiest junk foods in United states.

1.   Pop Tarts

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts have been around since the 1970s. These pastries have a sweet filling and are often covered with an outer coating of frosting as well.

Pop-Tarts can be a tempting breakfast choice When you have a short time. You can store them at room temperature and prepare them quickly in a toaster.

Despite their convenience, Pop-Tarts contain highly processed ingredients, including soybean oil and refined flour.

In addition, they are loaded with three types of sugar: corn syrup, refined sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. All of these contain large amounts of fructose, a simple sugar that has been associated to some adverse health effects such as diabetes and heart disease.

The nutrition information on the Pop-Tarts label refers to the amount contained in one pastry. However, each package contains two pastries, which is a more realistic serving size.

Two Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts contain about 400 calories, 70 grams of carbs, less than 2 grams of fiber, and just 4 grams of protein. This high-sugar, low-protein fast food is a terrible choice to start off your day.

Summary

Pop Tarts are high in sugar and contain refined flour, unhealthy oils, and refined sugar. They provide very little protein or fiber.

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