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The Worst Foods to Buy at Walmart

The store's Great Value brand has plenty of options available, but there are some unhealthy foods you should leave on the shelves.
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It's no secret that Walmart is a true one-stop kind of store: you walk in and are able to walk out with everything you need. The grocery section is impressive, as you can easily find, you guessed it, whatever it is you're looking for. And the store's own Great Value brand features a large variety of foods—from canned vegetables, frozen breakfast options, to plenty of sweet treats, you can easily stock up your refrigerator and pantries with their items. But which Great Value foods just aren't worth it?

We rounded up the worst Great Value foods you just shouldn't buy. During this time that everyone is trying their best to make the healthiest options, be sure to leave these off your shopping list.

1

Great Value Cinnamon Applesauce

great value applesauce

Per 1 serving; 80 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 0 g protein

Applesauce is an easy way to get your fruit fix, and it's a pantry staple that will last for a while. And while there is no high fructose corn syrup here, there are still 15 grams of sugar per serving, including added sugar. Instead, go just for Great Value's Organic Unsweetened Applesauce as it doesn't contain any added sugar.

2

Great Value Thin Sliced Roast Beef

great value roast beef

Per 1 serving; 60 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 560 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 10 g protein

While this roast beef has no artificial flavors and no nitrates—which are good things!—what you want to be cautious of here is the sodium. One slice is already 560 milligrams and most likely if you're making a sandwich, you're piling on two, three slices of the meat. Factoring in every other aspect of building a yummy sandwich, you might just reach that FDA-recommended max of 2,300 milligrams of sodium in just one meal.

3

Great Value Deli Style Wedges Seasoned Potatoes

great value potato wedges

Per 1 serving; 140 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 500 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein

Taking a glance at this nutrition breakdown, you're most likely thinking it's not that bad. But keep in mind, one serving is only four pieces. That's not very many potatoes, and each serving is packing 500 milligrams of sodium so you won't need to eat too many of these to be downing quite a bit of the salty stuff.

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4

Great Value Artisan Crafted Cheeseburger

artisan crafted cheeseburger

Per 1 serving, as prepared; 380 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 970 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 24 g protein

A cheeseburger-inspired pasta dish sounds, well, delicious. But again, the sodium you're going to get here is just too high. You're much better off whipping up your own version of this dish yourself.

5

Great Value Crème Filled Swiss Rolls Snack Cakes

great value swiss rolls

Per 1 serving; 240 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (2 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 1 g protein

It's no secret the world is living through a rather crazy and unsettling time right now, so having some sweet treats in the kitchen is something most of us are doing. But this dessert option is one you're going to want to leave on the shelf. While the serving size is two cakes, 19 grams of added sugar is still high. It will be far too easy to eat this entire box by yourself in a short span of time so you're better off just skipping these.

6

Great Value Monte Carlo Breakfast Sandwich

great value breakfast sandwich

Per 1 sandwich; 420 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 1,120 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (1 g fiber, 19 g sugar), 17 g protein

Having a frozen breakfast sandwich ready in minutes sounds pretty perfect, right? And this sandwich sounds like something you would get in a restaurant: bacon, cheese, and strawberry jam between cinnamon French toast slices. But the sodium content alone is shocking, and not worth starting your day consuming more than 1,100 milligrams of it!

7

Great Value Parma Melt Breakfast Sandwich

great value parma melt

Per 1 sandwich; 540 calories, 27 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 1,190 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 26 g protein

Another sandwich you're going to want to leave in the freezer aisle. It's more than 500 calories and again, packing more than 1,100 milligrams of sodium. You're much better off making a breakfast sandwich yourself!

8

Great Value Magic Treasures Cereal

great value magic treasures

Per 1 serving; 160 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (2 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 3 g protein

The 17 grams of sugar alone should have you leaving this cereal in the store. And if that's not enough, the ingredients list is filled with those pesky food colorings, Yellow 5 and 6 and Blue 1, which have their own lists of possible scary side effects. A bowl of colorful cereal in the morning just isn't worth it right now!

9

Great Value Frosted Toaster Pastries, Cookies and Cream

great value toaster pastries

Per 1 serving; 400 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 440 mg sodium, 73 g carbs (2 g fiber, 39 g sugar), 4 g protein

When sugar and high fructose corn syrup are high up on the ingredients list, you know you're in trouble. These pastries cost you 400 calories and nearly 40 grams of sugar in just one serving. Skip!

10

Great Value Four Cheese Complete Potatoes

great value cheese potatoes

Per 1 serving; 110 calories, 2 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 570 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 2 g protein

Potatoes don't need to have that much sodium in them! Instead, boil some potatoes and mash them up yourself for a healthier option.

11

Great Value Lemonade

great value lemonade

Per 1 serving; 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 0 g protein

One glass of Great Value lemonade is packing the same amount of added sugar you would find in one Hershey's chocolate bar. This is one drink you surely don't need to have stocked in your fridge.

12

Great Value Pretzel Bites Filled with Beer Cheese

great value pretzel bites

Per 1 serving; 230 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 850 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (1 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 11 g protein

This may curb your craving for some classic bar food, but it's important to note that four pieces are one serving. So only four of these bites will set you back more than 200 calories and 850 milligrams of sodium. No thanks!

13

Great Value Sliced Strawberries with Sugar

great value sliced strawberries

Per 1 serving; 120 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (3 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 0 g protein

Fruit has naturally occurring sugars, so it's not a bad idea to munch on a few strawberries when you're in the mood for something sweet. But these strawberries slices are coming in with 17 grams of added sugar (of the 23 total grams). And that is thanks to the sugar they're swimming in. This fruit is already sweet enough on its own!

14

Great Value Pink Snowballs Snack Cakes

great value pink snowballs

Per 1 serving; 210 calories, 5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 230 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (2 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 2 g protein

It's hard to really say what a pink snowball cake actually is, but just one of these is more than 200 calories and has 24 grams of sugar. Along with those 230 grams of sodium, this is one treat that isn't going to help you stay on track with your health goals.

15

Great Value Creamy Speculoos Cookie Butter

great value cookie butter

Per 1 serving; 210 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 95 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 1 g protein

While a cookie butter spread might sound like a nice change of pace, sticking with a classic nut butter is overall a healthier choice. Yes, peanut butter is good for you, as long as you're choosing the right one!

16

Great Value Fruit Cocktail

great value fruit cocktail

Per 1 serving; 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 0 g protein

If you're not able to find fresh fruit, you might think going the canned route is a solid idea. Well, this fruit cocktail comes in a heavy syrup, which just screams unnecessary sugars. Instead, stock up on some frozen fruits.

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more