The sad truth about lobster rolls & other scary summer foods


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Christmas in July doesn’t mean you have to eat like it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year this summer. There are many times throughout the summer that we find ourselves face to face with a buffet of delicious foods that also are very poor for our health.

Indulging on these treats, however infrequent, still might not be a good idea because of the high calories, trans fats and sodium in them. Let’s break down the worst summer foods and what makes them so bad for our bodies.


Fried foods

Yes, the corn dogs and fried dough at state fairs and theme parks are delicious. But those treats, which include batter packed with fat and sodium even before being fried, aren’t good for us, even if only sampled once or twice per year. You’re looking at, on average, about 208 calories, 10 grams of fat (including 3 grams of saturated fat) and 490 mg of sodium per dog.


The cold stuff

This one in particular kills us. But just think about it rationally when you think of an ice cream sandwich. You have not one but two cookies (and if we’d have it our way, they’d be of the chocolate chip variety), along with delicious melt-in-your-mouth ice cream. Of course this is a terrible idea for your waistline with the fat and sugar.

One scoop of ice cream alone can yield around 400 calories and 40 grams of sugar, so add the cookies and you’ve really indulged. Likewise, a daiquiri has more calories than a double hamburger, plus it’s loaded with sugar. The world can be a cruel, cruel place sometimes.


All that mayo!

Lobster rolls and potato or macaroni salads all have one thing in common: the use of mayonnaise, that fattening vixen. Prepare yourself, because this is going to hurt: An 8-ounce lobster roll — which, by the way, also involves a good amount of butter in addition to the mayo — contains roughly 436 calories, 189 of which are from the 21 grams of fat. This includes about 8 grams of saturated fat. And then you’ve got almost 808 milligrams of sodium on top of those stats. Yikes! 


BBQ’ed meats

Ribs, hamburgers and the most popular steak cuts are the fattiest part of an animal and therefore are high-fat, high-calorie calorie meals. A hamburger on a bun is around 750 calories, while a T-bone steak can be more than 1,500 calories. And that’s all before adding condiments or sauces, which are high in sugars (or fat, if you’re more of a Béarnaise kind of guy/gal).