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Summer Foods You Should Stay Away From

By Sara Butler

Summertime can be a bit deceptive. It’s a time of year in which leisure and relaxation seem to reign supreme, filling you with a false sense of security – then before you know it, you’re sunburned, have swimmer’s ear, and have eaten the world’s largest cheese stick at your local county fair. That must be where the term “cruel summer” comes from because it’s the season of fatty foods combined with skimpy clothes! Here are a few summer foods you’re better off staying away from in order to stay healthy going into the fall.

Corn Dogs

How do you make a hot dog even unhealthier? Dip it in batter and deep fry it! The corn dog, while tasty, is a food that could only have been created out of a dare. Hot dogs aren’t great for you in the first place since they’re full of nitrates and unidentifiable animal parts. Frying just makes it that much worse, so steer clear for your health!

Funnel Cakes

The siren song of the summer funnel cake can be difficult to resist. All that sugar and fried dough – it just has zero redeeming nutritional qualities. Styrofoam may be better for you (but don’t eat it). The problem with funnel cakes is that even though they're light and airy, they’re laden with trans fat, which is one of the worst things you can eat. So, resist its call – it’s not worth it for your health.

Turkey Legs

But isn’t turkey healthy? Well, sure – but deep fried turkey isn’t. Those turkey legs may not be battered but they are deep fried, which kind of removes any quality nutrition from it. Plus, you look like a caveman chewing on a brontosaurus leg eating one of those things. One thing it does have going for it, though – it’s probably better than a funnel cake. That still doesn’t mean you should eat it.

Corn on the Cob

At the risk of ruining all of your summer dreams, corn on the cob is another you should shy away from but only when it’s drenched in butter. Having grilled, steamed, or boiled corn on the cob is actually a good thing! Add some sea salt or coconut oil instead and feel free to indulge a bit.

At the end of the day, you have to be smart about your summer fare. You know that deep fried, salty, cheesy, and sugary treats aren’t good for you, so don’t have them. Instead, opt for vegetables, a barbecue plate and maybe a little cotton candy if you’re being nice and want to give yourself a treat!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, Colo.


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