Eating Out: From Bad to Worse
Most people believe fast food to be the reason for this country's obesity and food-related health woes. Perhaps surprisingly, however, many restaurants regularly serve up food that put the worst fast food menu items to shame when it comes to factors such a fat. calories and sodium. The following comparison illustrates the differences in unhealthiness between popular fast food and restaurant menu items. Warning: it may make you want to stay in and cook more.
- Name of Dish (Establishment).
Scale = based on a 200 calorie per day diet.
Calories = 2000.
Fat - 65g.
Sodium = 2400 mg.
- Type of establishment
Appetizer, sandwich, pasta, burger, ribs, burrito, steak, breakfast.
- Awesome blossom (chilis)
Calories - 2710, fat - 203, sodium - 6320.
- Macaroni Rosa (Buca Di Beppo)
Calories - 2036, fat - 120, sodium - 3140.
- Riblets with Beans, Coleslaw, and Fries (Applebee's)
Calories - 2027, fat - 130, sodium - 2228.
- Aussie Cheese Fries (Outback Steakhouse)
Calories - 1968, fat - 144, sodium - 3298.
- Towering Onion Rings (Red Robin)
Calories - 1837, fat - 124, sodium - 3989.
- Tuna Melt (Quiznos)
Calories - 1740, fat - 135, sodium - 1940.
- Chicken Alfredo (Olive Garden)
Calories - 1440, fat - 88, sodium - 3000.
- Monster Thickburger (Hardee's)
Calories - 1429, fat - 108, sodium - 2770.
- Tostada Salad (Chevy's)
Calories - 1408, fat - 87, sodium - 2480.
- Triple Baconator (Wendy's)
Calories - 1350, fat - 89, sodium - 2780.
- Super Grand Slamwich (Denny's)
Calories - 1320, fat - 90, sodium - 2330.
- Steak Burrito (Chipotle)
Calories - 1205, fat - 53, sodium - 2670.
- Steak Lobster-and-Shrimp Oscar (Red Lobster)
Calories - 1170, fat - 77, sodium - 2770.
- Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (w/Biscuit) (McDonald's)
Calories - 1150, fat - 60, sodium - 2260.
- Queensland Salad (Outback Steakhouse)
Calories - 1076, fat - 82, sodium - 1833.
- Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger (Carl's Jr.)
Calories - 1040, fat - 70, sodium - 2240.
- Volcano Nachos (Taco Bell)
Calories - 100, fat - 62, sodium -1930.
- Sirloin Cheeseburger with Bacon (Jack-In-The_box)
Calories - 940, fat - 64, sodium - 2220.
- Quad Stacker (Burger King)
Calories - 930, fat -65, sodium - 1740.
- Double Down Sandwich (KFC)
Calories - 540, fat - 32, sodium - 1380
SOURCES: Livestrong.com; myfitnesspal.com; claimjumper.com; five thirtyeight.com; carlsjr.com; chipotlefan.com; sonicdrivein.com; tacobell.com; bk.com