10 Foods You Can Not Afford to Consume

A recent study in the US looked at what it takes to influence ordering habits. Was knowing calorie counts helpful? Was knowing how much exercise was required to burn it off helpful? The studiers took a group of similarly hungry people and gave them one of three menus. One had no info, the second had calories and the third had the amount of time walking it would take to burn off the food.

Those who knew the walking effort ordered 100 fewer calories. So, what is at play here? Is it that our general human laziness is a powerful driver? Or are we aware that our time constraints may prevent us from being able to make the physical effort.

It doesn't really matter, what is necessarily true here is that the preventative elements of nebulous calorie counts aren't clear enough. We have known for some time that calories aren't well understood and that each person's intake and output will be different. We also know that there are other factors that affect metabolism.

Number of minutes walked is an easily understood marker that helps guide the right choice. So, I'm going to bully my top 10 list of foods that offer up too many useless calories. And publicly expose them for the time and effort suck that they are. Keep in mind that these numbers are in addition to the exercise you already get in your day.

"Food" - Estimated # of minutes of brisk walking

Starbucks Venti Mocha Frappacino w whipped cream 510 calories or 94 minutes

Big Mac 563 or 99 minutes

Burger King Medium Fries 387 or 71 minutes

7 oz sour cream and onion potato chips 1051 or 192 minutes

Large shake 32 oz 1104 or 202 minutes

Nachos w beef, cheese and beans (18 chips) 1707 or 212 minutes

Onion Rings (16) 552 or 101 minutes

Pizza Hut Meat lover's stuffed crust pizza (1 slice) 470 or 86 minutes per slice

Cinnabon caramel pecan (1 bun) 1080 or 197 minutes

Chocolate Muffin 450 or 82 minutes

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Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Nutritionist
Theresa's French Canadian influences are a part of her "no bologna" style as everything is on the table...not just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humour and truth.
Theresa is a sought after media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today's Parent, Canadian Living and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative, thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.
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