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Dietitian warns how county fair food can be very unfair

Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic (Source: Cleveland Clinic) Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic (Source: Cleveland Clinic)
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(WOIO) -

Now that the Fourth of July holiday weekend is over, many Americans will be looking forward to various state and county fairs.

Although fun, the food at the fair should be considered an enemy of your waistline.

Laura Jeffers, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic says one way to fight the stuff yourself with fair food is to eat before you go.

"Make sure that you plan ahead, so you eat something healthy before you go to the fair, so you're not really hungry and this is more of a treat or a snack versus a meal," says Jeffers.

Jeffers advises that one way to feel full is to eat a meal full of whole grains, fiber, and protein.

She says the reason fair food is so unfair for our diets is that most of it is either deep-fried, or processed.

Here are some startling facts that might make you think twice the next time you are in the mood to have a snack attack at the county fair.

One deep-fried Twinkie can be stuffed with more than 400 calories, a corn dog can contain as many as 14 grams of fat, and just 2 slices of chocolate-covered bacon can set you back about 300 calories and nearly 30 grams of fat.

So, Jeffers also recommends sharing your fair food to help keep the calorie count under control.

"The fair smells are also going to be there and you're really going to want to try those fair foods and just make sure you're sharing it. You're getting a smaller portion and you're sharing with your friends and not making, or having multiple servings," says Jeffers.

Food is not the only way add inches to your waistline, drinks can be just as sinister.

Thirty-two ounces of lemonade can contain about 400 calories depending upon how much sugar has been added-- and we didn't even mention soda.

So, Jeffers recommends taking a water bottle along and refilling it throughout the day.

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