15 Things You Shouldn’t Be Buying at Gas Stations
Americans spend billions of dollars at gas stations each year—but not on gas. Make the most of your pit stop (and get the biggest bang for your buck!) by avoiding these items when you refuel.
It’s no secret that nachos are unhealthy, but it turns out that they can also be deadly. In 2017, one person died and many more were hospitalized after eating contaminated nacho sauce at a California gas station. While cases like this one are rare, gas stations are trying to be many things at once—which may cause them to slack on food safety, HuffPost says. The safer choice is to snack on a granola bar or nuts until you can stop at a restaurant.
Slurpees and slushies may have once been the highlight of road trips during your childhood, but no longer. They can take a terrible toll on your waistline, for one; a 44-ounce Dr. Pepper Slurpee contains about 825 calories, most of which are from sugar. And like fountain soda dispensers, Slurpee machines are said to harbor mold and illness-causing bacteria. Ditch the nostalgia and opt for healthier alternatives like iced tea or flavored water.
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Like many things at a gas station, donuts are not diet-friendly. In fact, you would need to bike for over 30 minutes to burn off a pack of four mini donuts, per MyFitnessPal. Say no to those glazed donuts, too. Even if they are delivered fresh to the gas station every morning, they will probably taste stale after just a few hours. Satisfy your sweet tooth by picking up a banana or apple at the cash register, instead.
While breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, not all breakfasts are created equal. Chowing down on a chicken and cheese biscuit at your local Speedway puts you back 500 calories, along with 29 grams of fat. A sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, and cheese croissant clocks in at 590 calories and 39 grams of fat. For a healthier start to your morning, try these high-protein breakfast ideas.
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Making a pit stop for protein while on the road? Steer clear of pre-packaged sticks of beef. A single Classic Slim Jim has 550 milligrams of sodium—almost a quarter of what you should be eating in an entire day—and is chock-full of preservatives. Your diet isn’t the only thing to worry about at the gas station, though; beware of these dangerous mistakes you make while pumping gas.