It is kind of a myth that summer means more exercise and healthier food choices for all. One eye-opening study discovered that children gain weight three times faster during summer than they do the rest of the school year, thanks to a regular diet of junk food and video games.
Although there is no comparable stat on adults and weight gain, barbecues, state fairs, and waterside food vendors provide great temptation. Here are the summer foods you should always avoid, and healthier alternatives you can feel free to enjoy.
1. Worst: Ice cream sandwich
This treat ordinarily packs approximately 500 calories and gets a whopping 60 percent of its melt-in-your mouth flavor from saturated fat.
A better idea would be using lower-fat sorbet to make your own ice cream sandwiches. Better yet, skip the cookie and try one of our picks for America's Healthiest Ice Creams.