January 16, 2021

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The Worst Costco Foods of the Year

When it comes to shopping in bulk—something that was very common this year—it’s nearly impossible...

When it comes to shopping in bulk—something that was very common this year—it’s nearly impossible to beat Costco. Of course, that’s not the only thing we love about the chain. In addition to the staples, Costco also adds new foods and treats to its aisles, and 2020 was no exception. Although the chain made plenty of excellent additions this year, some unhealthy foods also made their debut. Want to know which Costco items to avoid? Read on!

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PER 1 PIECE: 80 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 55 mg sodium, 8 g carbs (0 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 1 g protein

These small bite-sized treats contain 80 calories each. Of course, that’s not a high calorie count, but with a box that includes 54 pre-sliced bites, it’ll be nearly impossible for anyone to stop at just one. If you love cheesecake, try one of these healthy recipes that’ll allow you to eat a full slice completely guilt-free.

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PER 51 pieces: 200 calories, 9 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 45 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 4 g protein

A three-pound jar of Reese’s Pieces sounds heavenly to our taste buds, but each serving contains about a third of the daily recommendation for saturated fats and more than half of your daily allotment of sugar. Plus, for those of us who have a sweet tooth, it could definitely be dangerous to have this massive tub in the house tempting us all day long.

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can of annies organic refrigerated cinnamon rolls

PER 1 ROLL WITH ICING (99 g): 330 calories, 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 770 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (2 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 4 g protein

Each roll is packed with sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. No, thank you!

juniors apple crumb cheesecake
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PER 1/10 cake (136 g): 400 calories, 24 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 6 g protein

Just one slice of Junior’s Apple Crumb Cheesecake takes up 70% of the daily recommendation for saturated fat and contains nearly half of the sugar we should consume each day.

box of kit kat mini dessert bars

PER 4 bars (105 g): 360 calories, 22 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 65 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (2 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 2 g protein

These bars are on the small side, and they’re packed with sugar. As much as we love buying in bulk, the downside is having a large number of tempting treats in the house. We all know how hard it is to stop at just one Kit Kat Bar!

bag of rana frozen chicken alfredo

Per cup (171 g): 300 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 610 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 15 g protein

One cup of this chicken alfredo tagliatelle contains nearly half of a day’s recommended saturated fat and a quarter of the sodium. But pasta lovers, don’t despair—there are plenty of healthy and tasty pasta recipes to try.

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PER 15 g: 80 calories, 4.6 g fat (1.6 g saturated fat), 0.016 mg sodium, 8.6 g carbs (8.4 g sugar), 0.9 g protein

It pains us to put this beloved treat on the list, but unfortunately, Nutella is high in calories, sugar, and fat, and it doesn’t provide any nutritional value. Rather than keeping a tub of Nutella at home, buy a smaller jar once in a while as a treat.

jarritos mandarin soda bottle

PER 8 OZ: 120 calories, 0 g fat, 45 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (0 g fiber, 29 g sugar), 0 g protein

If you love fruit, Jarritos are definitely more appealing than most American sodas. Unfortunately, they’re also packed with sugar, and because they come in 12-ounce bottles, you’ll be consuming way more than an entire day’s worth of sugar if you drink just one.

lemarie mini pancakes

PER 5 PANCAKES (100 g): 340 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 330 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (2 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 6 g protein

If you start the day with these pancakes, you’ll have already eaten more sugar than you should consume in an entire day. Who wants to waste all their sugar in one meal, first thing in the morning?

don miguel breakfast burritos

PER 1 BURRITO (198 g): 500 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 880 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 21 g protein

Each burrito is high in fat, saturated fat, and sodium—definitely not a healthy way to start the day.

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