21 Horrible Snacks for Athletes and What They Do to Your Body

The wrong snacks can quickly sabotage your health and slow down your performance. These snacks might be popular, but they'll take a toll on your body.

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Even if you're eating well-balanced meals, it's surprisingly easy to set yourself back with high-fat or sugary snacks.

Snack time is when many Americans indulge in unsuspecting ways.

Since portion sizes for packaged snacks are usually small, the potential for dietary damage is often underestimated.

In fact, the average American gets 57.9 percent of his or her total calories from ultra-processed foods.

Many popular snacks qualify as ultra-processed items thanks to their miles-long ingredients lists and significant deviation from recognizable whole foods.

To help you better understand the impact a bad snack can have on your overall diet, here are 21 of the worst snack offenders.

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