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Fitness

The Unhealthiest Ballpark Foods to Eat

Some of our favorite food traditions are a swing and a miss. Learn how to sub out those unhealthy ballpark eats this summer, plus find out what the biggest calorie bombs in the stands are.
Stadium nachos The Strikeout: Nachos

A standard serving of nachos contains more than 1,000 calories, but perhaps the biggest issue is the additives, says Laura Cipullo, RD, owner of Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services in New York City. The chips are brimming with salt and the nacho cheese is probably more chemical than it is cheese. "Processed cheese foods" only have to be composed of 51 percent cheese. The rest can be anything the manufacturer thinks will make you eat more. Gross. Plus, let's face it, you'll devour those nachos in five minutes and still be hungry.

Sub it out: Soft pretzel
Granted you don't dip it in that gnarly cheese, a soft pretzel contains roughly 450 calories, says Cipullo. Make it healthier by skipping on sodium: Ask for a salt-free pretzel or at least brush some of the salt from the top. If you feel the need to dip, grab a packet of mustard. You'll actually score some potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium, she says.

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