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7 Foods That Keep Us Fat

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7 Foods That Keep Us Fat

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the quality of the foods that you eat has more to do with weight than the quantity of food. I’ve pulled together a list of foods that keep us fat compiled from various studies as well as recent articles and research.

Potato Chips

The New England Journal of Medicine study stated that the food most strongly associated with weight gain is potato chips. Over time potatoes in general caused the most weight gain though it was potato chips that were the worst and French fries weren’t much better. My suggestion is that if you’re going to eat potato chips or French fries, make them from scratch. The mindless behavior of opening up a bag of salty potato chips is where the problem begins. If you make them from scratch, you can control ingredients and portion size as well and you’ll only end up eating them on very special occasions.

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11:15PM PDT on Jun 20, 2015

Junk even though many consider it a normal part of their diet.

9:43AM PST on Nov 2, 2014

Russell L, not everyone shops at Costco, no one is actually held hostage and forced to buy it, there are healthier items to purchase if the consumer wishes to opt for healthier items.

I like to cook from scratch and make my own versions of veggie chips, at least then, I know that it is all organic.

Processed meat or anything else processed is often a problem. Lean pastured raised non-factory farmed red meat is not a problem, it is a protein and serving sizes should be limited to the size of a deck of cards. One hardly needs to eat it every day, there is something called moderation.

HFCS was quite the nasty invention.

7:49AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Any CARBONATED beverage.

2:06AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Thank you. Potato chips and peanut M & Ms were my downfall.

9:57AM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

Thanks for the information

4:37PM PDT on Sep 18, 2014

So Costco, this is where you buy all this junk in huge mass amounts to shove our faces. Does anyone see that the obesity epidemic started when costco became the shoppers delight? I tell people we have and never will shop there and they look at us like we said we are communist. But blame it on bread and gluten not poor factory pigs suffering.

10:37AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

good info, thank you

9:01AM PDT on Sep 15, 2014

There's nothing on that list that I eat in any abundance.

2:41AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014


8:40AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

aka unhealthy foods, noted, thank youu!

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