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9 Foods You Should Absolutely Avoid at the Gas Station

9 Foods You Should Absolutely Avoid at the Gas Station

9 Foods You Should Absolutely Avoid at the Gas Station© healthsfitness.com

Hunger can strike anytime anywhere. But what makes it very dangerous is when it strikes you while you are driving down a very long road because then you have no other choice but to park aside and see what you can have from the nearest gas station.

While you absolutely don’t expect to have a 4-star restaurant menu, you should also expect nothing but unhealthy and horrible food options that may even kill you.

Whether it’s a matter of nutritional value or
food safety, click on Next to find out the 9 foods you
should definitely stay away from while at a gas station


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Nacho Cheese

Nacho Cheese

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It is not a joke, nacho cheese eaten at a gas station can literally kill you. This was recently announced on the news when nacho cheese sauce was served at a gas station outside of Sacramento, Calif, led to the death of one person while many others were hospitalized with botulism.

The gas station that was responsible for such tragic event is no longer allowed to serve food and drinks that are not pre-packaged. In addition to this, the public health officials took the remaining sauce for further analysis.

The reason why the nacho cheese sauce become contaminated and at what point is still unknown, therefore, it would be wise to avoid it completely at any gas station. You’d better be safe than sorry, right!


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Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs

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Hot dog or hot dog sandwich is the food that almost all Americans in different parts of the world cherish. It is convenient and very popular and is specially served during baseball games topped with chili, onions, and mustard. It is usually washed down with an irresistibly cold and fresh beer.

You might even notice many Americans waiting for their hot dog sandwich on the corner at a street vendor in Manhattan. This makes your mouth water and crave for some too, right? What you should know is that this national hotdog meal of America is not healthy at all.

It is often packed with unhealthy components and preservatives. If you are that person who reads the label before consumption, you would have 100 percent agreed on what you’re reading now. In brief, hot dogs are loaded with fat and sodium, which cause dehydration and give you dry and old-looking skin.

Should you never take your health and life for granted. Take the time to know what you should and shouldn’t eat because only then you’ll realize that hot dog is not the ideal food you want to allow into your stomach while in a gas station!

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Slushies

Slushies

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Gas station slushies mark our childhood. So, don’t pretend to feel nostalgic and grab one to satisfy your longer yearning for just one single moment of bliss. If you can’t resist, then remind yourself of the calories and sugar bombs that these slushies contain.

An average 8-ounce serving of 7-Eleven Slurpee has about 60 calories and 18 grams of sugar. As you can see, it contains zero healthy or significant nutrients. If you feel like you must have one, then at least opt for the sugar-free options, or grab a Slurpee Lite. Your pancreas will absolutely be grateful!


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Doughnuts

Doughnuts

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We all somehow know that doughnuts are not healthy yet we all, without exception, love to eat them and have no intention to give them up anytime soon. If you are in the mood for a doughnut, go and buy yourself a fresh one from the bakery or the doughnut shop near you.

And of course, resist as much as you can the doughnuts sold in gas stations, very simply because of two reasons: they can be either freshly delivered in the morning but when few hours pass, the doughnuts lose their flavor and become stale, or you might end up eating the leftover doughnuts that employees of that gas station have forgotten to discard. It is also advisable to avoid eating pre-packaged doughnuts, as they contain preservatives.

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Snack Cakes

Snack Cakes

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Twinkies, Little Debbie Red Velvet, creampies, and Zingers are best to be avoided. They are full of unhealthy sugar that was made to look good enough to seduce you to eat more of them. Sugar is not the only reason why we advise you not to eat these cakes but also because they are high in fat and trans fat. Let’s take Little Debbie Red Velvet Cream-Filled cakes as an example.

It has about 25 grams of sugar and about 33 grams in their chocolate chip cream pies. Not to mention the trans fat, which was determined to be unhealthy and unsafe by the American Food and Drug Administration. In few words, avoid the gas station’s unhealthy treats altogether!


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Sandwiches and Burgers

Sandwiches and Burgers

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When you’re hungry, you’re hungry and that’s it. You don’t take the time to think about what you should and shouldn’t eat at a gas station. The road is still long, and all you‘re thinking about is making these weird noises coming from your stomach finally shut up!

Sandwiches, burgers and a wide variety of perishable foods are offered to you in a gas station but whatever your case is, never ever buy yourself one. You can never tell if the yummy burger or whatever you decide to eat was stored or refrigerated properly.

While you are at a gas station, should you know that you are basically at the mercy of the station’s refrigeration system or the employee’s commitment to abide by the food regular safety standards.

Better for you to grab a burger at a fast food joint or why not opt for a frozen item.

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Potato Chips

Potato Chips

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Nutritionally speaking, potato chips are one of the worst snacks you can buy from a gas station or any other store. They are unhealthy and absolutely not recommended.

Did you know that only a one-ounce bag of potato chips has up to 160 calories, and even worse, more than half of the total content is fat? Let’s not forget to add another 170 milligrams of sodium.

Another problem you can encounter with chips is that they are often expired, so make sure to check the dates before you get them.


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Beef Sticks

Beef Sticks

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Beef jerky can be the best choice to make while at a gas station, still make sure you read labels before you get them, as not all beef jerky is the same. Better for you to opt for bags of regular jerky and avoid the stick-shaped. The latter is very high in sodium and have more fat and calories.

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Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks

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Energy drinks are unhealthy drinks that can cause you several health issues, including caffeine addiction, anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, and you know the rest. Excessive consumption of these drinks might even lead to death.

Another alarming issue with these energy drinks is related to the taurine and other additives that these drinks contain. The latter can definitely have a negative impact on your body and overall health.

So, try as hard as you can to resist drinking them. And in my opinion, you would better stick to coffee than brewing these life-threatening drinks. Check out the last page for more alternatives.

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Any Healthier Alternatives?

Any Healthier Alternatives

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You have so many options at the gas station, all you need is to make the right choice. You can, for instance, opt for jerky. The latter is high in protein, sodium and low in unhealthy fat and calories. Just stay away from plain jerky and fatty sticks.

Bagged pickles are also a healthy choice. They are very rich in terms of flavor and very low in terms of calories. Another advantage is that bagged pickles which can be preserved with the use of refrigeration.

Items like granola bars, bagged pretzels, and bagged nuts are also great and better options that do not contain much sugar.


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