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.

Fruit in Heavy Syrup

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Fruit in Heavy Syrup

Again, here we have a case of taking a healthy food—whole fruit—and turning it into mostly junk.

Heavy syrup is essentially sugar water, and floating a few slices of fruit in it doesn't turn it into a healthy snack.

Take Del Monte Peaches Fruit Cup Snacks. A single serving contains 15 grams of sugar. The third and fourth ingredients are sugar and pear juice concentrate.

"(Fruit concentrate) is fruit with the water removed," Caroline West Passerrello, a registered dietitian nutritionist and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told NPR. "It retains the sugar and calories, but it loses the volume, fiber and vitamin C." It should be viewed as an added sugar akin to high-fructose corn syrup.

Compare that to the no sugar added variety, which contains just 5 grams of sugar per serving.

Any "Gel" fruit cup snack is even worse, as it's really more akin to gelatin than a fruit cup. 

Dole's Peaches in Strawberry Flavored Gel, for example, contains 22 grams of sugar per serving but just one gram of dietary fiber.

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