- Worst Stir-Fry
Bertolli Grilled Chicken Alfredo & Fettuccine Complete Skillet Meal for Two (1?2 package, 340 g)
1,370 mg sodium
42 g fat (22 g saturated)
A dinner for two should get your blood flowing, not stuff your arteries with more than the entire day's saturated fat.
Saturated Fat Equivalent: 22 strips of bacon
- Worst Packaged Food
Marie Callender's Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie
1,440 mg sodium
64 g fat (24 g saturated)
Marie Callender's perpetrates the ultimate sleight of hand here: The nutrition information says this medium-size entrée has two servings, but honestly, when have you ever split a potpie? Lard-strewn pastry tops and cream-based fillings are the lowest common denominators of the nutritionally nefarious potpie, and this one, with an ingredient list that reads like an O-Chem final, beats out dozens of horrendous iterations to earn this special place on our list.
Sodium Equivalent: 8 small bags of potato chips
Fat Equivalent: 23 strips of bacon
Calorie Equivalent: 7 Taco Bell Fresco Beef Tacos
- Worst Frozen Pizza
DiGiorno for One Garlic Bread Crust Supreme Pizza
1,450 mg sodium
44 g fat (15 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
The bloated crust and the greasy toppings will saddle you with 60 percent of your day's sodium, 75 percent of your day's saturated fat, and nearly twice the amount of trans fats you should take in daily.
Calorie Equivalent: 6 slices Domino's Thin N Crispy Cheese Pizza
- Worst Packaged Lunch
Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheddar Cracker Combo Lunchables (1 package)
61 g sugars
22 g fat (9 g saturated, 1 g trans)
1,440 mg sodium
Here's your first clue that this meal has issues: The ingredient list—in its squinty small type—is a full 4 inches long. It includes just about every form of fat and sugar you can imagine. Your child deserves better.
Calorie Equivalent: 15 Chicken McNuggets
- Worst Frozen Health Meal
Healthy Choice Complete Selections Sweet & Sour Chicken (340 g)
9 g fat (1 g saturated)
600 mg sodium
29 g sugars
Since when has fried chicken been healthy? Certainly not when it's cloaked in sugar.
Sugar Equivalent: 2 scoops Breyers Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
- Worst Drink
AriZona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5-oz can)
0 g fat
82 g sugars
It claims to be blended juice, but only 5 percent of this can is any sort of real-fruit derivative. The remaining 95 percent is a blend of water and high-fructose corn syrup.
Sugar Equivalent: 4 Original Fudgsicle Bars
- Worst Condiment
Eggo Original Syrup (1?4 c)
40 g sugars
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but not when this sugar slick hits the table. Excluding water, the first three ingredients are all different forms of sugar. If you want real syrup, make sure it's 100 percent maple.
Sugar Equivalent: Two Häagen-Dazs Vanilla & Almond ice cream bars
- Worst Candy
Twix (1 package, 2 oz)
280 calories / 27 g sugars
14 g fat (11 g saturated)
Twix takes the already-dubious candy-bar reputation and drags it through a murky pool of saturated fat. With more than half the USDA's daily consumption recommendation for these dangerous fats in each package, this is one hazardous after-lunch snack.
Saturated Fat Equivalent: 11 strips of bacon
- Worst Packaged Side
Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo (1 c prepared with 2% milk and margarine)
25 g fat
(7 g saturated, 3.5 g trans)
1,140 mg sodium
Once again Alfredo proves itself to be the biggest belt-busting option on the shelf. This side has a meal's worth of calories, and if you try to turn it into a meal in itself, expect to top 1,000 calories.
Sodium Equivalent: 4 medium orders of McDonald's French fries
- Worst Healthy Pantry Item
Pop-Tarts Whole Grain Brown Sugar Cinnamon (2 pastries)
14 g fat (4 g saturated)
5 g fiber
28 g sugars
Whole grain ain't the whole truth. There's also a glut of vegetable oil and seven types of sugar stuffed inside.
Sugar Equivalent: 1 Snickers bar