"The average supermarket contains more nutritional minefields than ever before," said Zinczenko, author of the bestselling EAT THIS, NOT THAT! series and Editorial Director/Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health. "Whether items are masquerading as healthy or the food is a more obvious indulgence, like Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie, with its first listed ingredients being chicken fat, oils, cream, and cheese--careful consideration and proper research always produces a better swap."
To come up with the "20 Worst Supermarket Foods in America," the authors evaluated calorie counts and other nutritional values such as fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar across 20 specific categories, including condiments, cereals, canned goods, frozen entrees, ice cream and others. After analyzing nutrition labels and ingredient lists, they came up with 20 grocery aisle atrocities--one within each category--which are among the worst supermarket items in America.
Topping the 2012 list is Marie Callender's "Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie," which packs a colossal 1,140 calories and 72 grams of fat--the calorie equivalent of nine 12-ounce bottles of Guinness Draught.
Top 10 Worst Supermarket Foods:
-- Worst Packaged Food: Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie (1,140 calories)
-- Worst Frozen Entree: Hungry-Man Select Classic Fried Chicken (1,030 calories)
-- Worst Frozen Pizza: DiGiorno Traditional Crust Supreme Pizza (790 calories)
-- Worst Stir-Fry/Skillet: Stouffer's Sautes For Two Steak Gorgonzola (730 calories)
-- Worst Breakfast: Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls Pancakes & Sausage Links (710 calories)
-- Worst Individual Snack: Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie (520 calories)
-- Worst Kids' Meal: Lunchables with Juice, Nachos, Cheese Dip + Salsa (490 calories)
-- Worst Pie: Marie Callender's Southern Pecan Pie (450 calories)
-- Worst Frozen Treat: Mrs. Fields Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (450 calories)
-- Worst Packaged Side: Pasta Roni Fettucine Alfredo (450 calories)
Entertaining and informative, Eat This, Not That! All New Supermarket Survival Guide, the 13th installment in the best-selling series, is the consumer's ultimate secret weapon for burning fat and building leaner bodies--not by eating less, but by making smart, healthy food choices every time. The books in the popular EAT THIS, NOT THAT! series, which currently has more than 7.7 million copies in print, identify unhealthy foods--in fast-food chains, restaurant chains and grocery stores--and offer healthier alternatives.
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