Eggnog, Fruitcake, Fondue, and More: The 15 Unhealthiest Holiday Foods

Don’t feel guilty about indulging this holiday season, but it’s good to know which foods are the unhealthiest


The dense cake made with sugar-soaked, and dried fruit has a long history, but that doesn’t make it any healthier. 

The holidays are the few times in the year when we can cast aside nutritional advice and indulge in our most comforting foods. Therefore, this information is not meant to guilt-trip or shame you, but rather just to make sure you're aware of where the dangers lie. Holiday foods are designed to be luxurious and decadent; it’s part of the fun. But the holidays also offer us unlimited access to those foods making it difficult sometimes to control our eating.  

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Though no food on this list is explicitly dangerous in itself, the sheer quantity of calories, sugar, and saturated fat these items contain in varying percentages can pose a risk for family members with high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease. And knowing which types of holiday foods are especially sinister nutritionally is a benefit to everyone. If you’re aware of what you’re indulging in, then you can take the necessary steps to stay on track with your diet or exercise regimen. .


Enjoy all the wonderful food this holiday season, even the 15 unhealthiest.