By Judi LaPan, One Goal Fitness
White bread has pretty much become bad-for-you public enemy number one; who doesn’t automatically order their turkey and Swiss on whole wheat? The reason, of course, is that white bread is processed-it’s had all its goodness stripped away, leaving a soft, squishy slice. But even if you’re a whole-wheat convert, other processed carbs may be finding their way into your diet, many with more than an entire day’s worth of recommended carbohydrates.
Here are eight bad carbs that may be sneaking into your diet, even if you’ve sworn off the white slices forever.
1. Fancy coffee drinks: Not only can these have as many calories as a meal, (sometimes upwards of 400) their carb count can be on par with a pre-marathon pasta binge; some have 60-80g of carbs per serving. Add in sugars, saturated fats in whipped cream, and chocolate flavorings, and you’ve got dessert in a very large plastic cup
2. Bagels: Bagels are a morning ritual for some, but according to Villacorta, unless you’re hitting the gym right after (and plan on staying until lunch), you may want to rethink, even if you opt for whole wheat. The reason is portion size. Many deli bagels can have 250-300 calories and more than 50g of carbs each.
3. Juice drinks and smoothies: Smoothie and juice spots are everywhere, and they can seem like a healthy drink to get on the go. But a 16oz fruit-heavy juice can have as many as 75g of carbohydrates and 64g of sugar (ditto for smoothies). If you can’t start the day without juice, stick to about 4oz, which has a reasonable 15-20g of carbs
4. Cheese crackers: If you’re going to indulge in a few processed carbs, don’t do it here. While the carb count isn’t necessarily through the roof (about 18g per serving), these orange snacks are particularly cringe inducing because there is literally no other redeeming nutritional factor. They’re full of chemicals, additives, and artificial colors, plus they may also contain high-fructose corn syrup.
5. Baked goods at coffee shops: Muffins used to be a baseball-sized treat. Now they’re more like softballs, with some containing nearly 64g of carbs and more than 30g of sugar. If your morning muffin is made with processed flour, sugar, and butter, it’s really no different than a slice of cake.
6. Yogurt with fruit on the bottom: It’s the ultimate chick pre-workout/afternoon/late-night snack, and yogurt on its own is a great choice. Problem is, that fruit is sugar central. All yogurt contains lactose, which is a naturally occurring carbohydrate; generally in a single serving it equals about 12-15g of carbs, which is fine, but when you add the jammy fruit you can nearly double that amount.
7. Movie theatre popcorn: It may seem obvious, given the size, but for many of us it’s a key part of the movie-going experience, and besides, even if you order a bag once a week, how bad can that be? Popcorn is already about 1,200 calories, almost all from carbohydrates (and a whopping 580mg of sodium) for a large-sized bag. That’s before you add the butter.
8. Yogurt-covered raisins: Essentially candy for health-food nuts, and who eats just one-or five? In fact, a scant ¼ cup contains 20g of carbs and 19g of sugar. Skip the bulk candy aisle at your health food store and pick up a small bar of dark chocolate instead.
By SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:28 AM EDT
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