The #1 Worst Menu Option at Popular Restaurants
(EAT THIS, NOT THAT) The rule “everything in moderation” simply isn’t an excuse for these excessive, worst-items-you-could-possibly-order choices that will set you back for days
Some people see lists like these and take them as a way to figure out what’s “tasty,” what’s “not going to suck,” and what’s “okay to eat once in awhile.”
But these items are literally the least nutritious, most caloric, most horrifying choices on menus that—generally speaking—aren’t exactly known for keeping people slim.
We understand that it’s practically an art to eat out and remain relatively healthy.
But this list isn’t about that art — here, experts take a deep dive into the nutritional information of 40 restaurants and fast food chains and resurface with a definitive declaration:
“If you go to this one restaurant, do not eat this one thing!”
The Grand Slamwich With Hash Browns: 1,260 calories, 80 g fat (26 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 3,330 mg sodium, 87 g carbs (3 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 50 g protein
“It’s just a breakfast sandwich, how bad could it be?” You ask. “Pretty bad.” We say.
With nearly a day’s worth of calories, saturated fat, and salt as well as half the day’s trans fat, this meal for one should really be split into thirds or quarters. Eat at your own risk!
Panera Steak And White Cheddar Panini: 940 calories, 48 g fat (18 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,520 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (5 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 37 g protein
Panera’s Steak & White Cheddar Panini contains 1,000 fewer milligrams of sodium than their Italian sandwich, but it earned our worst spot because it’s higher in calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, carbs, and sugar.
If you can’t bear to part with this sad excuse for a lunchtime classic, at least order the half-portion and pair it with a house salad—your waistline and blood pressure with thank you. For even more ways to slim down and get fit, check out these 42 Ways to Lose 5 Inches of Belly Fat.
Olive Garden Chicken And Shrimp Carbonara: 1,590 calories, 114 g fat (61 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 2,410 mg sodium, 78 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 66 g protein
Olive Garden’s menu is in desperate need of a makeover. The seafood is swimming in sodium, the cocktails are packed with sugar, and the average dinner-size plate of pasta packs a staggering 976 calories — thanks in part to the soggy plate of carbs pictured above.
Not only does it pack nearly a day’s worth of sodium, but it also serves up a day’s worth of trans fat), an artificial fat that’s been linked heart disease. All of this is before you tack on the breadsticks and salad.
Bacon Ranch Beef Quesadilla: 1,850 calories, 140 g fat (48 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 3,990 mg sodium, 69 g carbs (4 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 82 g protein
With nearly a day’s worth of calories and more fat than 10 hot dogs, this Southwestern-inspired, steak-and-bacon-stuffed quesadilla will pop the button right off your skinny jeans!
Even if you shared it with a friend, you’d be taking in 2.8 times the American Heart Association’s recommended daily intake of saturated fat.
Make it a rule to avoid anything with the word quesadilla in the title when you’re at Chili’s (yes, even the salads) none of the options have less than 1,400 calories per serving—not what you should be eating if your goal is to lose belly fat.
Chick Fil A Cobb Salad With Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing: 820 calories, 59 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 1,880 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (6 fiber, 7 g sugar), 41 g protein
It may not look too dangerous, but this is the absolute worst item you could order at Chick-fil-A. The sodium count alone is clucking ridiculous!
The one thing that cemented this salad’s place on the “Worst” list? The Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing. With inflammatory soybean oil as a leading agent, you can bet that the 32 grams of fat this dressing contains are a major reason why the small packet climbs up to 310 calories. (And, by the way, that’s as many calories as a Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich!)
BY DANA LEIGH SMITH & OLIVIA TARANTINO. Read the full story at EAT THIS, NOT THAT.