If you’re trying to eat healthy, navigating the supermarket can be tricky. Nutrition facts are complicated, and you probably just look at the calorie number and stop there. But some high-calorie foods are good for you — like peanut butter, for example. How are you supposed to tell what’s healthy and what’s not?
There are all kinds of factors that go into choosing what to eat for a snack. Sometimes, you’re just choosing whatever tastes good. Other times, you’re choosing something functional that you know will keep you satiated until your next meal. And sometimes, you want to eat something that will give you a lot of nutrients so you can feel your best.
Of course, some snacks are going to be better for you than others. A bag of potato chips isn’t going to make you feel the same after eating it as a bag of healthy trail mix. Don’t get us wrong — eating a bag of potato chips when you want it is A-OK. In fact, eating anything you want to is a-okay, all of the time. It’s even okay to eat the junk foods on this list. We’re simply providing some nutritional information for you, so you can be better informed when making your choice about how these foods may or may not affect your body. A diabetic, for instance, needs to be more wary of sugar than someone who’s perfectly healthy.
When deciding which junk foods were the unhealthiest, we looked at a couple of factors. Sugar was a consideration, as was sodium, trans fat, and nutritional value. After considering these factors and browsing all the delicious snacks at the store, these were the absolute unhealthiest snacks we found.
Dan Myers and Holly Van Hare contributed to this story.