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If You’re an Athlete This is What You SHOULDN’T be Eating

  • by Dylan Edwards
  • November 30, 2016

Weight room Chalk talk with Jakub #2

Eating healthy daily can be tough, especially for an athlete in high school. From my personal experience, young athletes don’t know what to eat, when to eat it, and how much they should be eating. Today though I’ll be going over foods that you should AVOID eating because they have too much sugar, are very high in fat and can cause bad eating habits that will ultimately decrease performance on the field and in the class room.

1.Sweet Cereal
It’s already in the name… SWEET. A usual serving of cereal usually consists on ¾ of a cup and that serving contains around 10g of sugar but let’s be honest, who is measuring their cereal in the morning. Although cereal is very convenient and easy to make, the sugar content will add up quickly because that one bowl will hold more than one serving of cereal. A breakfast with sweet cereal has around the same amount of sugar content that a bottle of soda would contain and that is not ideal because all the fat, sodium, and sugar in the morning will make you feel groggy and will make your ability to get through the day more difficult.

2. Soda
I can take a wild guess and say that almost all high school student walk past a vending machine full of sodas. For those of you who choose not to drink it Kudos to you, for those that do LISTEN UP. Sodas are the leader in America when it comes to empty calories. By far the worst soda beverages you should stay away from are Faygo, and Mountain Dew since one 20-ounce bottle holds around 77 GRAMS OF SUGAR( Which is more than twice the recommended amount anyone should be consuming) Should you just drink diet beverages? Wouldn’t recommend it because those non-sugary sodas contain a lot of artificial sweeteners that cause a negative impact on your brain telling your body that you’re hungry which will cause over eating and totally screw up anyone’s diet.

3. Arizona Juice Drinks
Only 99 cents filled with 70 grams of Sugar! Remember now, the nutritional label will show how much nutritional value it holds per serving. Drinking something with so much sugar at such a quick rate can cause huge blood pressure problems, as well as a big energy crash.

4. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
This is a great example of a snack that leads to mindless munching. 1-ounce bag hold 11 grams of fat and 250mg of sodium. If you can find some nutritional value in this let me know because I can’t find any.

5. Little Debbie produces a ton of popular products—Honey Buns, Nutty Bars, Zebra Cakes, Oatmeal Crème Pies… They are the textbook definition of ultra-processed snacks.
A pack of mini donuts holds around 430 calories! That’s 25 Grams of sugar, 15 grams of saturated fat… the daily recommended amount for saturated fats is 20 grams so choose your snack wisely. Eating too much saturated fats can cause high blood pressure which in turn will lead to a negative impact on blood flow and oxygen transportation. Being a former athlete, I liked staying in shape and not being out of breath during practice and games…keeping saturated fats in check will help BIG TIME!

And finally saving the best for last!

6. Starburst
When your first three ingredients consist of corn syrup, sugar and hydrogenated palm kernel oil you know there is a problem. One pack hold 24 grams of sugar, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and if you take into consideration that they don’t have any dietary fiber and protein I’m going to have to agree that Starburst are one of the worst things an athlete can consume.

Well there you have it the 5 worst things that an athlete or anyone for example could put into their body when trying to stay physically fit and live a healthier lifestyle. Now I’m not going to lie to you and say that I haven’t tried any of these things before, I’ve consumed all of things. One of the reasons is that I didn’t know any better and being a young buck I thought of myself as invincible. Everything will catch up to you sooner or later so why not stop it in its tracks now. Make the healthy choice and choose against the bad snack and beverages, stand out from the average and be above average.

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Hall, B. (n.d.). 7 Horrible Snacks for Athletes and What They Do to Your Body. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://www.stack.com/a/the-7-worst-snacks-for-athletes

A. (2015). Is Starburst Vegan? » Vegan Food Lover. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://veganfoodlover.com/is-starburst-vegan/