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Apr 29, 2011 09:57 AM

Least healthy store bought product

I was blown away when I looked at the label for the Edys Ice Cream snakc calld Dibs. The serving size is 1 container and provides you with 87% of your daily fat intake. Not even a Big Mac and Fries is that bad.

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    1. re: DCLindsey

      No way. I opted for the Big Mac and Fries. I am more of a salty than sweet guy anyway.

    2. Sometimes I like to terrify myself by reading the nutritional info on the Hungry Man frozen dinners. It's like a mini horror movie for me.

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      1. re: Jelly71

        Good one. I used to love eating 2 of those Stouffers French Bread pizzas with pepperoni. Even one is so bad for you.

        1. re: princeofpork

          mmm stouffers french bread pizzas. there's nothing like em.

          those hungry man dinners are quite terrifying. how do they get all that bad stuff in there? funny how they used to list on the front: "over 2 pounds of food!"

          this is not in terms of calories or fat, but i love showing my dieting girl friends the ingredient labels on their fat-free or low-fat potato chips vs. the real thing. the ingredients list on a bag of fat-free chips is some 10+ ingredients long, half of which are super processed or unhealthy. sure, the fat content's lower, but why not stick with the real thing? a bag of regular Lay's potato chips has three ingredients: potatoes, oil, salt. and they taste better. i'd rather put potatoes and oil in my stomach than processed dried potato flakes, corn starch, sugar, etc.

          i think any time you choose natural or whole foods over processed, it will always be easier and better for the body to process than store-bought processed ones.

          1. re: nothingswrong

            I am sure you know but the first 3 ingredients on any package usually make up more than 75% of the total product.
            I got a great tip on healthy eating one time. "If your grandmother doesn't recognize one of the first 3 ingredients you shouldn't be eating it"

            1. re: princeofpork

              that first 3 ingredient thing is interesting. i remember my vet telling me that about my dogs' food, causing me to switch it some years ago.

              and i'm right there with you on the grandmother philosophy. although, my grandmother's favorite thing to eat is wonderbread soaked in a whole stick of melted butter in the skillet, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. god bless her clogged arteries!

              1. re: nothingswrong

                ummm, how many slices of wonderbread to that stick of butter? (I LOVED cinnamon toast as a kid)

              2. re: princeofpork

                The other key item to look for is "Natural Flavors," "Spices" or any other generic term like that. Once you're at the 1% mark, you can list things as "natural flavors" instead of specifying in order to protect trade secrets. So if "natural flavors" occurs pretty low on the list, there's potentially a lot of crap in there. If there's a lot of things following natural flavors, they're only present in very small amounts (though only very small amounts of chemical preservatives, MSG, etc. are it's not always that helpful.)

        2. This crud, in the jamaicann jerk variety:

          I bought it last week for a really late dinner after the seafood counter had closed. I was going to put it over rice.The "sauce" it makes is a disgusting pool of salty oil, and it was completely inedible. Quick quesadillas were served instead.
          I don't remember the health details, but it had to be really bad--a heart attack in a skillet.
          Here we go, 90% of calories from fat and over 1000 mgs of sodium in 7 shrimp...

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          1. re: alliegator

            ha. one of my old co workers told me that I MUST try the calypso shrimp from the same brand.

          2. Loss of perspective.

            Dibs come in at just over 400 calories. Snack on it and avoid high fat foods for the rest of the day and you're pretty much set.

            Olive oil is 100% fat from calories and 400 calories worth will provide you with just about 100% of your RDA for fat.

            The bigger questions are whether or not it's worth it, what else did you eat and how active were you.

            1. i can't imagine there's anything out there worse than the frozen Claim Jumper desserts. a friend once foolishly bought the Chocolate Motherlode Cake on his way over to my place, and i literally wouldn't let him bring it over the threshold into my home. i took one look at the box and told him to leave it in the car!