The 8 Worst Fair Foods for Any Diet
Going to the fair may be all fun and games, but that's not the case when it comes to your waistline. Unfortunately, if you go hungry, it can be a place fraught with fat bombs and fare that'll practically put you into a sugar coma. Of course, what you eat is totally up to you (all foods do fit into any diet), but being armed with knowledge can help you make informed choices. Before you turn in your tickets for a treat, read this!
You've clearly never been duped into believing that cotton candy is a health food, but you may have opted for it because it has zero grams of fat, which sounds like a win. It's not. There are 56 grams of sugar in a two-ounce serving, the equivalent of 14 teaspoons of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, women should stick to just six teaspoons a day.
Calories (two ounces): 220 calories
Any fries that require 7,000 napkins is a delicious win, but let's not kid ourselves. These carb bombs may be made from a potato but don't count as a veggie. (No matter how hard you try!) With more than 20 percent of the sodium you need in a day and more than half the recommended daily fat, these won't make your body (or your ticker) feel great. Besides, can we all agree that the cheese isn't real cheese?
Calories (one serving): 570 calories
A churro is fried dough dusted in cinnamon sugar, so it shouldn't come as a shock that a serving offers almost 50 grams of carbs. And those stats don't even count those that are filled or topped with cream. However, the benefit with churros is that they break apart easily, making them easy to portion control and split with pals.
Calories (one serving): 530 calories
Sure, it has the word "apple" in the name — and there is a legit apple in there — but it's far from a wholesome snack. Wrapped in a hard candy coating, one candy apple has about six added teaspoons of sugar. That maxes out your quota for the day. One plus: there is three grams of fiber (thanks to that piece of fruit).
Calories (small apple): 215 calories
Deep-Fried Candy Bar
One candy bar = about 200 calories. Deep fry that baby and the calorie count more than doubles. A deep-fried candy bar also contains a whopping 29 grams of fat. Want perspective? You'd have to hop on your bike for a 60-minute ride to burn off those calories.
Calories (one bar): 440 calories
Well, this is probably way more calories than you expected to eat. One order may contain upwards of 900. More alarmingly, ribs have 22 grams of saturated fat, far more than the 13 grams the American Heart Association suggests for someone eating a standard diet. And if you made the choice because they're meat and you assume they're lower in carbs, know that the order also packs 27 grams of carbs (from the sauce), the equivalent of more than two slices of bread.
Calories (6 bones): 917 calories
Onion slices are technically veggies, but the game changes when they're deep fried (notice a trend at the fair yet?) Of course, there's the issue with fat via frying, but these are also huge sodium bombs. A small serving — and trust us, there are several "servings" per container — offers 300 mg of sodium. Eat the whole container and you may get to nearly 1,000 mg, or nearly half of what you should eat in an entire day. Talk about bloated.
Calories (three rings): 170 calories
Whether it's called fried dough or a funnel cake, the reality is the same: it's a bunch of carbs deep fried in oil. In fact, one funnel cake at the amusement park will pack 760 calories. (Think about that for a minute.) The powdered sugar on top contributes to the four teaspoons of sugar this delicacy contains. Oh, and let's not forget about the 44 grams of fat to round it all out. If you're going to get this, think about sharing it with a friend (or two).
Calories (one funnel cake): 760 calories