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05-20-2011, 02:16 PM
6 Terrifying Theme Park Foods

By David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding
May 16, 2011

The freak show, haunted house, and Skull-Crushing Terror Drop of Impending Death—all child's play. Mere cheap thrills. If you want to see something truly frightening at your local amusement park, swing by the concession stand. On the menu: artery-clogging fatty foods and belt-busting confections.

We know this, of course. But then, why do we eat so much of it? Maybe it's because we're captive eaters at the theme park, and the healthy foods are all but nonexistent. But the truth is, you're not helpless. You may be locked into a car on the roller coaster and strapped to your seat on the swinging chairs, but when it comes to food, you're still in charge of everything that passes your lips. With a few smart Eat This, Not That! swaps, you can have fun and chow down without developing a freak-show-worthy belly.

To help you navigate the fun-house labyrinth of amusement park dining, we’ve compiled a list of foods to avoid. Study up before heading out to the park and you'll make it out unscathed.

Cotton Candy (2.1 oz)
220 calories
0 g fat
56 g sugar

Here's a brief intro to cotton candy production: To make the "cotton," the candy maestro melts sugar into liquid, sprays it into thin strands, and then rolls it into a ball. Essentially that makes this treat no different than eating sugar straight from the bag, a serious problem considering it has more sweet stuff than three scoops of Breyers Chocolate Chip ice cream and not one iota of redeeming nutritional value. That's enough to shift your body into fat-storage mode and land you a belly as soft as the confection you're eating. Eat a popsicle instead to save a whopping 46 grams of sugar!

Eat This Instead!
Popsicle (1 popsicle)
45 calories
0 g fat
8 g sugar

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Snow Cone (3 oz. syrup)
270 calories
0 g fat
68 g sugar

You know what's ever-so-slightly worse than consuming liquid sugar in strand form? Consuming liquid sugar in liquid form, which is precisely what you do when you eat a snow cone. The ice is completely benign, but the syrup it's drenched in is anything but—it harbors more than five tablespoons of pure sugar! Go with a scoop of ice cream instead; you could eat three and a half scoops before matching the sugar in one snow cone, and the cream's protein and fat will help temper the rush of glucose that hits your blood.

Eat This Instead!
Strawberry Ice Cream (1/2 cup)
125 calories
5.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
19 g sugar

More kill-joy recommendations at the link. I guess orange dude doesn't realize that most of us only go to these venues about 2 or 3 times a year.

Yahoo (http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/six-terrifying-theme-park-foods)

05-20-2011, 02:40 PM
How the hell do they figure Nacho's and cheese is a meal? :confused:

05-20-2011, 03:00 PM
How the hell do they figure Nacho's and cheese is a meal? :confused:

Yeah, everyone knows it's a side dish.

05-20-2011, 03:05 PM
Yeah, everyone knows it's a side dish.

Appetizer dude. :p

Constitutionally Speaking
05-20-2011, 03:14 PM
Appetizer dude. :p

A lifestyle!

05-20-2011, 03:20 PM
Mmmmmm...funnel cake....

05-20-2011, 03:23 PM
A lifestyle!

Now see - I'm gonna hafta make my famous Mexican nacho dip for dinner tomorrow. and it's all your fault. ;) :p