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The Unhealthiest Baked Goods on the Planet

Grocery store sweet treats are tempting, but some options are straight-up trouble.
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If you have a big sweet tooth, then you know the true value of having a dessert option on hand in your kitchen at all times. So it's only natural to take a trip down the snack aisle while you are grocery shopping to take a peek at the baked goods lining the shelves, waiting for you to add them to your cart. But what you need to know is that having these packaged, processed cakes in your kitchen will bring nothing but trouble.

They're just sugar bombs! See, the American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 25 grams per day. You might be shocked to find out these small snacks that are gone in just a few bites blow that sugar allotment out of the water. Plus, if your diet is loaded up with processed foods that lack nutrients that help fill you up, this can then lead to overeating, which then results in weight gain. All because you're just consuming empty calories.

To help you break these habits, we've rounded up some of the unhealthiest baked goods on grocery store shelves. See which beloved sweet treats are the worst of the bunch you should avoid and instead, try out any of these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.


Little Debbie Zebra Cakes

little debbie zebra cakes

Per serving: 320 calories (14 g total fat, 8 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 1 g protein

One bite of a Zebra Cake and you're enjoying a fluffy creme-filled yellow cakes that is covered in a mix of white icing and fudge stripes. But this snack is more than 300 calories, is packing 14 grams of fat, and has basically no fiber, which means you'll be hungry again not too long after eating a pack. What's wild here, though, is the amount of sugar. This snack has 32 grams of the sweet stuff. That's more than what you would get if you ate three Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts.


Entenmann's Marshmallow Devil's Food Iced Cake

entenmanns marshmallow devils food

Per serving: 370 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 270 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (1 g fiber, 37 g sugar), 3 g protein

A piece of this chocolate and marshmallow cake might seem like a good idea, but if you actually stick to the portion size (which is always so hard to do!), you'll be downing 370 calories and 37 grams of the sweet stuff.


Hostess Suzy Q's

Hostess suzy qs

Per 1 cake: 290 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 370 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (1 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 2 g protein

Take a closer look at some Suzy Q's, and you'll see the first thing on the miles-long ingredients list is sugar, followed by water, and then high fructose corn syrup. So it's not secret that this creme filled chocolate cake snack is packing more sugar than a junior size chocolate Frosty from Wendy's.

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Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie

cosmic brownies

Per serving: 280 calories, 11 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (1 g fiber, 24 g sugar), 2 g protein

This brownie topped with chocolate chip candy pieces might be a childhood favorite to many, but with 24 grams of sugar in just one small treat, it's better left on the shelf.


Hostess Apple Fruit Pie

hostess fruit pie

Per serving: 450 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 500 mg sodium, 73 g carbs (1 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 3 g protein

There's fruit in these pies—they must be a step up right? Sorry to disappoint, but these oh so flaky, individual wrapped Hostess apple pies are more than 400 calories! Plus, they're packed with as much sodium as you would get if you ate three small bags of Lay's potato chips and more sugar than if you ate five Snickers Mini's.


Entenmann's Iced Party Cake

entenmanns party cake

Per serving: 370 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (0 g fiber, 37 g sugar), 2 g protein

Entenmann's Party Cake does looks festive, but keep in mind that it's "iced," which essentially means more sugar. One piece is packing 37 grams, and 19 grams of fat. Not much to celebrate here!


Hostess Iced Vanilla Zingers

hostess zingers

Per serving: 260 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (0 g fiber, 35 g sugar), 2 g protein

The serving listed here is for two cakes, but these little sweet treats are on the small side. Still, even if you do have just one at a time, that's still more than 17 grams of sugar you're consuming.


Drake's Funny Bones

drakes funny bones

Per serving: 340 calories, 17 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (2 g fiber, 29 g sugar), 5 g protein

A bite of some Funny Bones treats you to frosted peanut butter creme filled chocolate cake, which does sound delicious. But these cakes are coming in at 340 calories per serving. That's along with 29 grams of sugar!


Little Debbie Birthday Cakes

little debbie birthday cakes

Per serving: 200 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (0 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 1 g protein

If you thought going for Little Debbie's mini birthday cakes would be a better option than having to face an entire cake, that's not necessarily the case. Just one of these little guys knocks you back 200 calories and has more sugar than a Chocolate Frosted with Sprinkles Donut from Dunkin'.


Hostess Twinkie

wrapped hostess twinkie
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Per serving: 280 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 370 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (0 g fiber, 32 g sugar), 2 g protein

We couldn't let this list go by without any mention of the Twinkie. This serving size is for two cakes, but if you happen to have one in the morning and one after dinner, you're still going to end up consuming that 32 grams of sugar. And chowing down on one of these sugary, fiberless cakes is never a good way to start off the day, that's for sure.

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