Hidden Calorie Bombs: 9 Foods You Didn't Know are Secretly Fattening

Are you following every weight loss tip from your personal trainer in Chicago and still can't lose your midsection? You may want to read this list of secretly fattening healthy foods. They may be the reason you haven't reached the weight loss success you desire.

*****9 Delicious Yet Calorically Malicious Foods

It's not always easy to spot them because there are some foods that house excess calories you can't see with the naked eye. You might love them, but you won't love how fattening they are. Fair warning: Eat these 9 foods with caution to avoid going up in size.

PECANS


These nuts are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, which can be good for you—in moderation. For 100 grams, you get a whopping 740 calories. Needless to say, a small handful is more than enough.

BREADSTICKS


These are often offered at Italian restaurants—a little snack to tide you over until the main meal. Doesn't sound so little when you know they carry about 430 calories per 100 grams. Take it easy, you've got to save room for the tiramisu!

70% CACAO DARK CHOCOLATE


Everyone thinks white chocolate is the most calorie-dense in the family. Sorry to disappoint, but it's dark chocolate with 70% cacao or more that carries the most caloric weight, thanks (or no thanks) to the cacao butter it contains. Still, milk chocolate and white chocolate aren't far behind. Count about 560 calories for every 100 grams.

DRIED FRUITS


Dried apricots, prunes, cranberries, etc. are fantastic additions to yogurt, desserts, oatmeal and other recipes. The only downside is their high sugar content, which leads to a devastating 500 calories for every 100 grams.

POPCORN


Popcorn and movies are like bread and butter. Add to that a cozy seat, and you've got everything you need for pure relaxation. But make sure your eyes aren't bigger than your stomach, and go for the small. 100 grams of movie theater popcorn will set you back 440 calories (and probably a pretty penny as well).

SESAME SEEDS


Are you a fan of Asian cuisine? Stick to steamed dishes over fried, and don't overdo it on the sesame seeds. They might add a tasty crunch to your recipes, but they pack a calorie punch as well with about 645 calories for every 100 grams.

MUESLI


You might think you're being "good" by choosing muesli over sugary cereal varieties in the morning, but be sure to always check the nutrition label! Some bowls are packed with sugar and fats (from dried fruits and granola). 100 grams gets you to almost 400 calories, and that's not including milk.

CURRY


It's one of the most commonly used spices in the world and also one of the most calorific. 100 grams will easily throw 300 calories your way. Luckily, you only need a little bit to flavor your dishes.

CHEWING GUM


It's certainly tempting to pop a piece of gum after all your meals or coffee breaks, but you might rethink the habit and opt for Tic Tacs instead. With 100 grams of chewing gum, you absorb 374 calories. Turns out there is such a thing as excess freshness.

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Author: Stephanie Holmes from Gourmandize (Adapted)
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