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.

3 Musketeers Bars

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3 Musketeers Bars

Obviously, candy bars aren't a healthy food.

But some are certainly worse than others, and 3 Musketeers Bars might be the junkiest of all.

A single bar packs 5 grams of saturated fat and a stunning 36 grams of sugar. 

Compare that to a PAYDAY Peanut Caramel Bar, which are a similar size, yet contain 15 fewer grams of sugar, 2.5 fewer grams of saturated fat, and 6 more grams of protein. 

Most of that protein is coming from the peanuts themselves, as opposed to being added in artificially during the manufacturing process, making it even more beneficial. 

Remember, when searching for a good snack, high amounts of fiber and protein are good signs. Being able to actually recognize whole foods is also a good sign (think how different an actual apple looks than Caramel Apple Pop-Tarts, for example).

But high amounts of sugar, saturated fat and sodium? Particularly when two or three of those are true in the same item? That's a big red flag.

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