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.

McDonald's McGriddles

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McDonald\'s McGriddles

There aren't many worse ways to start your day than a McDonald's McGriddle.

However, with the Sausage variety being priced at just $2, it's a common practice for many people.

While McGriddles do contain a good amount of protein, they're otherwise a cocktail of saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

A Sausage McGriddle, for example, contains nearly half the daily recommend limit of saturated fat.

Then you factor in 15 grams of sugar and a staggering 990mg of sodium.

While athletes who train intensely on a daily basis need more sodium than sedentary people, over-consuming sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and a wide range of other issues. Health officials estimate that if Americans lowered their daily sodium intake to the recommended range, it would prevent up to 92,000 deaths annually.

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