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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.
Woman drinking beer in a baseball stadium The Strikeout: Hard Lemonade

"Hard lemonade is high in carbs, alcohol, and calories," says nutritionist Monica Reinagel, LN, CNS. "Plus the sweet taste makes it easier to swill these down." Sweet is right. While a bottle of hard lemonade can send more than 30 grams of sugar swimming through your veins, ballpark options can be even higher, as most stadiums use sugar-based mixes. When you down massive amounts of sugar with your booze, your liver can't handle both and lets your body store the calories as a type of fat called triglycerides. They congregate in the cells around your belly, the unhealthiest and most unflattering place to pack on pounds.

Sub it out: Beer
Whatever the brew, beer is still a better choice, says Reinagel. Besides being lower in calories and sugar, recent Japanese research found that hops' naturally occurring flavonoids promote muscle mass. They also reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Beer is also rich in B vitamins, magnesium, and calcium, which can up your overall health and promote energy. Just remember not to overdo it. All you need is one to reap the benefits.

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