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The Seven Unhealthiest Things in Your Fridge:

When you're trying to lose weight, obviously you have to avoid stuff like pizza and fast food. But you also need to cut down on a few things in your fridge that you eat all the TIME.

--Here are the seven unhealthiest things that almost EVERYONE has in their fridge . . . which means you probably have them more often than you should.

#1.) Mayonnaise. Like anything else, a little bit's fine. But if you're like most people, you use way too much.

--For example, if you make a tuna salad and use four tablespoons of mayonnaise, the mayo alone has about 360 calories and 40 grams of fat. That's as much fat as a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese from McDonald's.

#2.) Soda and Other Sugary Drinks. There's no nutritional value in them, just calories. So you might as well be eating CANDY.

--And new research suggests that when you load up on calories from soda, you probably WON'T eat less to compensate.

--Beer and other alcoholic drinks are also on the list, because they're just empty calories too: A glass of wine has about 170 calories, an average beer has 150, and a shot of liquor has about 100, not including whatever you mix it with.

#3.) Lunch Meat. All the salt can lead to high blood pressure, and that can lead to heart disease or a stroke. Plus, most of it's PROCESSED meat, which is linked to colon cancer.

--Hot dogs and sausages are bad for the same reasons.

#4.) Whole Milk. If you have two small glasses a day, that's over 1,900 calories and 100 grams of fat every WEEK. Skim milk has about HALF the calories, and almost NO fat.

#5.) Ice Cream. Unless it's low-fat and low-sugar, a half-cup of most kinds of ice cream run you about 300 calories and 15 grams of fat.

#6.) Salad Dressing. Especially if it's creamy. Two tablespoons of Thousand Island or blue cheese dressing have about 120 calories and 12 grams of fat. But most people use TWICE that.

#7.) Butter. The only reason it stays solid at room temperature is because it's full of fat. And margarine isn't any better, because it has up to 2.5 grams of trans fats per TABLESPOON.

--That's why you're supposed to cook with canola oil or olive oil whenever you can. They have fat too, but it's GOOD fat.

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11/06/2012 6:56AM
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