07/14/2013 10:47 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

17 Best And Worst Summer Foods

By Rebecca Toback

It's kind of a myth that summer means more exercise and healthier food choices for everyone. One eye-opening study found that kids gain weight three times faster over summer than they do the rest of the school year, thanks to a steady diet of junk food and video games.

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And while there's no comparable stat on grown-ups and weight gain, barbecues, state fairs and waterside food vendors offer plenty of temptation. Here are the summer foods you should always avoid, and healthier options you can feel free to enjoy.

17 Best and Worst Foods of Summer

"17 Best and Worst Foods of Summer" originally appeared on Health.com