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.

Sweet Cereals

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Sweet Cereals

Grabbing a bowl of cereal is a common snack ploy for many teenagers.

It's convenient, it's tasty and it's heartier than a bag of chips or a candy bar.

However, many popular varieties of cereal fall squarely into the category of "junk food." Choices like Lucky Charms, Froot Loops or Cinnamon Toast Crunch contain roughly 10 grams of sugar per 3/4 cup serving. But a 2014 study found that the average American eats 30 percent more cereal than the standard serving size, and 10 percent of Americans eat more than 2-1/2 times the standard serving size.

If your bowl of cereal consists of 2 cups (which still doesn't look like a whole lot), you could be starting your day with as much sugar as you'd get in a can of soda, along with a good amount of fat and sodium.

Think of it like this—in a standard box of Cap'n Crunch, there are supposedly 15 servings.

Have you ever in your life gotten 15 bowls of cereal from a single box? Probably not.

Ready to ax some of your subpar snacks? Awesome. Replace them with one of these nine easy and portable snacks for athlete.

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Topics: HEALTHY EATING | JUNK FOOD | SNACKS | CANDY | COOKIES | SLIDESHOW