Shocking Fat Equations

Are organic banana chips fattier than Cheez Whiz? Is popcorn worse for you than glazed doughnuts? A comparison of the foods you thought were safe to the ones you know are a diet disaster.


1 cup Sunridge Farms Organic Banana Chips
Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 18g

6 tablespoons Cheez Whiz
Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 13g

Our primate ancestors ate healthy bananas just so they could evolve into humans who would take that same fruit, fry it to death, and turn it into something that’ll kill you. One cup of banana chips has far more saturated fat than 6 tablespoons of delightful Cheez Whiz, and nearly as much total fat, too. Maybe it’s time to devolve.


1 Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Muffin
Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 6g

1 Premium Crispy Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich from McDonald’s
Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 4.5g

Pumpkin is a health food your waistline will love. In muffin form, however, it becomes nearly indistinguishable from McDonald’s breaded chicken creation, a fried sandwich slathered in creamy ranch and piled with bacon.


1 bag Pop Secret Movie Theater Butter Popcorn
Total Fat: 36g Saturated Fat: 9g

3 Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts
Total Fat: 36g Saturated Fat: 9g

The problem with popcorn is that you never stop eating it. So when Pop Secret lists its serving size as one-third of a bag, it makes you wonder, are they serious? Who’s this third guy sitting on the couch with us? But the even bigger transgression of microwave popcorn is its insane fat content, the equivalent of three glazed doughnuts per bag in this case—plus, that most cardinal of sins: a whopping 15 grams of trans fats.


One 2.5-inch slice of Pepperidge Farm Garlic Bread
Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 3 g

One 4-oz. ground beef patty
Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g

There’s a reason garlic bread is the best part of spaghetti dinner—it’s the least healthy thing on the table. One slice of a pre-prepared loaf will set you back the equivalent of a quarter-pound burger.


2 oz. Hale and Hearty Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 4g

4 tablespoons Peter Pan Peanut Butter
Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 6g

Vinaigrette sounds so harmless, like vinegar with a little French twist tacked on to the end. But while it’s relatively low in saturated fat, the total fat content in the vinaigrette at many takeout-salad joints can sting—a stunning 41 grams in this case.


1 cup Coconut Milk
Total Fat: 57g Saturated Fat: 51g

7 oz. Goat Cheese
Total Fat: 58g Saturated Fat: 40g

The base of many otherwise healthy curries and a sneaky insurgent in tropical drinks, coconut milk is the diet buster you don’t see coming. One cup has far more saturated fat than a large log of goat cheese.


1 cup Progresso Potato, Broccoli & Cheese Chowder
Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 3.5

One 16-20 lb. roast turkey
Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 3g

No one thinks cheesy, chunky canned chowder is health food, but if you just ate one cup—that’s half a can, the serving size Progresso recommends—maybe it’s not so bad? Not if you’re wary of the fat content. Half a can of this soup has as much fat as an entire roast turkey. Not something we’re prepared to give thanks for.


1 cup cubed avocado
Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 3g

3 tablespoons tahini
Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 3g

Avocado’s a tricky one. On the one hand, it’s stuffed with dietary fiber and Vitamins C and K. On the other, just one loosely packed cup of this fruit adds up to 22 grams of fat. Enjoy, but go easy.


4 tablespoons Daisy Sour Cream
Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 7g

1 Snickers Ice Cream Bar
Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6g

A dollop of sour cream on your goulash is nothing to lose sleep over. But put that sour cream in a bowl next to some salsa and a basket of tortilla chips and you’ll probably end up sucking down the equivalent of several Snickers Ice Cream Bars.