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Ride a roller coaster, win a prize, and . . . ruin your diet? Here, three unhealthy foods to avoid — and what to eat instead.
By Nina Elias, Prevention
At some point this summer, you're bound to find yourself weaving your way through a maze of bright, blinking food carts. The smell of roasting hot dogs and deep-fried funnel cake is enough to eat away at anyone's willpower — and who cares, right? What's one little treat when you're feting? Well, we'll tell you: that one snack could pack a day's worth of calories, sugar, and fat, and leave you starving. To help you navigate the rows (and rows and rows) of trashy, tempting treats, we uncovered the three worst diet disasters — and found some healthier options, too.
Diet Disaster: Funnel Cake
With 700 calories and 40 grams of fat in just one funnel cake, be grateful that these light-as-air webs only rear their deep-fried heads once a year. If you need a fix, split one with a friend (or two!).
Smarter Choice: Candy Apple
Despite being covered in a sweet sheen, a 330-calorie candy apple is surprisingly high in fiber (four grams) and low in fat (five grams) and can be tricky to eat, so you'll feel satisfied longer — or ditch it before you're done. If you prefer the caramel-coated variety, add 150 calories.
See more theme-park diet mistakes after the break!
Diet Disaster: Soft Pretzels
It's not fried and it's not dipped in anything, so it's safe, right? Not when it's as big as your face. A jumbo-variety soft pretzel will cost you 527 calories and over 100 grams of carbs — almost your entire daily allowance.
Smarter Choice: Corn on the Cob
Turns out you can find a whole food at a carnival! If you're looking for something savory, a grilled or boiled ear with butter and spices is just 200 calories. Or skip the toppings altogether for a 60-calorie snack that's more filling than any of the other options out there.
Diet Disaster: Snow Cone
It takes a lot of sugary syrup to make your snow cone bright and appetizing, and one with just three ounces of syrup will run you 250 calories. Cool off sensibly by asking the vendor to ease up on the syrup or use a sugar-free flavor.
Smarter Choice: Cotton Candy
OK, we admit it: there's no redeeming nutritional value in a cloud of spun sugar. But at just 100 calories per ounce, you can get your sweet fix without eating anything fried, battered, or frosted. Just remember to brush your teeth afterward.