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Healthy Versions of Old-School Junk-Food Snacks You’d Want to Try

24/7 Tempo Logo By Colman Andrews of 24/7 Tempo | Slide 1 of 19: Americans love to snack. The market research firm NPD reported that we consumed nearly 386 billion ready-to-eat individual snack foods in 2018. Another marketing survey forecast that the salty snacks market alone in the U.S. will exceed $29 billion in 2022, up from $24 billion in 2017. And while healthier snacks are trending, NPD notes that “indulgent snack foods are also staging a comeback by walking the line between health and enjoyment.” People tend to remember the snack foods of their youth -- or even just the snack foods they ate up until a few years back but have since given up -- with nostalgia. They might associate unrestrained consumption of sweet or salty packaged goods with an earlier, carefree time in their lives. And they might have given up certain junk-food snacks out of health concerns. Some of the old-school snacks on this list compiled by 24/7 Tempo have disappeared from the marketplace and stayed gone; others have left and then come back in altered form; and some have been here all along. By definition, junk-food snacks aren’t particularly good for us, even when they’ve been reformulated to remove less than salubrious ingredients. But there are often substitutes available that will echo at least some of the flavor and texture of the originals, while being healthier — either because they’re lower in calories, sodium, fat, etc., or because they’re made with organic ingredients and/or without preservatives, trans fats, and other things many snackers these days would prefer to avoid. These are 30 popular fast foods that are real calorie bombs.

Americans love to snack. The market research firm NPD reported that we consumed nearly 386 billion ready-to-eat individual snack foods in 2018. Another marketing survey forecast that the salty snacks market alone in the U.S. will exceed $29 billion in 2022, up from $24 billion in 2017. And while healthier snacks are trending, NPD notes that “indulgent snack foods are also staging a comeback by walking the line between health and enjoyment.”

People tend to remember the snack foods of their youth -- or even just the snack foods they ate up until a few years back but have since given up -- with nostalgia. They might associate unrestrained consumption of sweet or salty packaged goods with an earlier, carefree time in their lives. And they might have given up certain junk-food snacks out of health concerns.

Some of the old-school snacks on this list compiled by 24/7 Tempo have disappeared from the marketplace and stayed gone; others have left and then come back in altered form; and some have been here all along.

By definition, junk-food snacks aren’t particularly good for us, even when they’ve been reformulated to remove less than salubrious ingredients. But there are often substitutes available that will echo at least some of the flavor and texture of the originals, while being healthier — either because they’re lower in calories, sodium, fat, etc., or because they’re made with organic ingredients and/or without preservatives, trans fats, and other things many snackers these days would prefer to avoid. These are 30 popular fast foods that are real calorie bombs.

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