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Food you should avoid during the holidays

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Cheese pastries seem light and harmless, but a single pastry contains a third of the daily recommended intake of fat. You should rather choose pretzels, popcorn or a few corn chips with salsa. Your arteries will sure be better off with the choice!

Egg nog
Stay away from this traditional drink that contains whipped cream, eggs, bourbon or brandy and sugar; a single glass contains 340 calories, 150 mg cholesterol (half of the recommended daily intake), and 21 grams of sugar, which is the recommended intake for a whole day.

Stuffed potatoes
If you prefer so stuff your baked potatoes, choose low fat cheese, onions and spinach, and bake them in the oven. You can also choose sweet potatoes instead of regular ones.

They seem light, fluffy and low in calories, which makes them perfect for the holidays, right? Wrong! Sugar, flour and butter all come with a rich dose of calories and fats. In addition, croissants have no nutritional value at all.

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Caramel apples
They are a sweet treat often enjoyed during the holidays, but caramel only contains sugar, a little milk and corn syrup. Even though apples contain vitamins and fibres, caramel apples contain about 320 calories, 16 grams of fat and 28 grams of sugar. Too much for a day!

Gingerbread cookies
Gingerbread men and houses look lovely and delicious with all the frosting and candies, but we shouldn’t let ourselves fooled. They contain lots of calories that come from sugar, flour and butter. A hand-sized piece of gingerbread contains 260 calories, 36 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of fat.

Candy canes
With their red and white stripes they look very appetizing. The problem is, they are pure sugar. A candy cane contains 60 calories without any nutritional value at all. You’d be better off to use them only as Christmas decoration.

Boiled wine
This traditional winter and holiday drink contains sugar and about 356 calories per glass instead of 100 calories found in a regular glass of red wine.