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5 Worst Amusement Park Foods

Corn Dogs
Hot dogs are notoriously high in sodium and not shy on saturated fat, but once they’re coated in batter and deep-fried, they become a different beast. A regular-size corn dog can run over twenty grams of fat and pack over one thousand milligrams of sodium. At places like Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park in Tennessee, you can get a “fried to perfection” foot-long corn dog, which means that there’s a few more inches of dietary sabotage. Cedar Point offers a vegetarian version—cheese coated in corn-dog batter and deep-fried, served on a stick. Not likely to be any more healthful.

Better bet: look for a regular-size hot dog or a small burger.

In the age of childhood obesity, many amusement parks have faced criticism for their less-than-healthful food offerings (especially since they mainly cater to kids) and have revamped accordingly. Six Flags partnered with Sunkist to offer fresh fruit; Disney has fresh fruit options, carrot sticks, and plenty of sit-down eateries that are heavy on veggies and grilled meats; Sea World offers low-fat/low-carb/meatless entrees and even has a Healthy Alternatives Café. Of course, you still have to pass by (and pass up) chili-cheese foot-long hot dogs and hefty German chocolate cookies, but at the end of a weeklong stay at an amusement park, your waistline might thank you for it.

Related:
8 Scary Fast Food Burritos
Top 12 Dangerous Muffins

 

 

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10:45AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

thanks

7:01PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

I hate all the rest. I only like my fries plain and non-greasy. But I really love funnel cake. :(

6:31AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Eaten as a treat, once in a while, these things are not so bad if a healthy diet is usually followed.

12:57PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thanks. Even at Sea World in Orlando where they have healthy alternatives, they still serve bad things for the body such as french fries

5:46PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

I eat "fair food" probably once in five years.
each time I eat less of whatever I order. More goes in the trash as my son (now adult) also has lessening desire for more than a bite or two.
Economic reality is that these frozen fried things equate to park/festival profits, far more than fresh foods.

My great downfall? fried artichoke at the Colorado Renaissance Fair.

4:11PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

thank you

10:47PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Okay, fine, so fair food is bad for your health. Yet while at the fair what do people do? Walk to see this, walk to go on the ride, walk to the show, stand in line, walk some more to get food, walk to the bathroom, walk to get a drink of water... If you do it right, you've walked off more calories than what you ate.

Although as a vegetarian, I'd never eat the corndogs or anything fried in animal fat...

10:15AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

thanks for the info

7:48AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Panic everyone! Panic! Better to get a salad! Dressing? Are you insane? No dressing for you! And forget about the crouton. And the carrot has too much sugar.

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9:55AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Tried funnel cake for the first time last year. Still undecided whether I liked it or not hmm... and I want to try the vegetarian version of the corn dog!

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