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Men's Health: The 20 Worst Foods in America

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by PhilaYank36, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    Good lord, after reading this, you'll never look at some of these foods the same way again.

    20. Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips from McDonald's (five pieces) with creamy ranch sauce
    830 cal, 55 g fat (4.5 g trans fat), 48 g carbs
    The only thing "premium" about these strips is the caloric price you pay. Add a large fries & a regular soda and this seemingly innocuous chicken meal tops out at 1,710 cal.

    19. Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo'd Power Smoothie (30 fl oz)
    900 cal, 10 g fat, 183 g carbs (166 g sugar)
    Jamba Juice calls it a smoothie: we call it a milk shake. In fact, this beverage contains as much sugar as eight pints of Ben & Jerry's butter pecan ice cream.

    18. Pepperidge Farm Roasted Chicken Pot Pie (whole pie)
    1,020 cal, 64 g fat, 86 g carbs
    The label may say this pie serves two, but who ever divided a small pot pie in half? The sad truth is, once you crack the crust, there will be no stopping -- which makes this 300 calories worse than anything else you'll find in the freezer case.

    17. Ruby Tuesday's Bella Turkey Burger
    1,145 cal, 71 g fat, 56 g carbs
    We chose this burger for more than its calorie payload: Its name implies that it's healthy.

    16. Chipotle Mexican Grill Chicken Burrito
    1,179 cal, 47 g fat, 125 g carbs, 2,656 mg sodium
    Despite a reputation for using healthy fresh ingredients, Chipotle's menu is limited to king-size burritos, overstuffed tacos and gigantic salads -- all of which lead to a humongous waistline.

    15. Macaroni Grill Double Macaroni 'n' Cheese
    1,210 cal, 62 g fat, 3,450 mg sodium
    It's like feeding your kid 1-1/2 boxes of Kraft mac 'n' cheese.

    14. Quiznos Classic Italian (large)
    1,528 cal, 92 g fat, 4,604 mg sodium, 110 g carbs
    A large homemade sandwich would more likely provide about 500 calories.

    13. On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef
    1,450 cal, 102 g fat, 78 g carbs, 2,410 mg sodium
    This isn't an anomaly: five different On the Border salads on the menu contain more than 1,100 calories each.

    12. Carl's Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger
    1,520 cal, 111 g fat
    Carl's Jr. brags that it's home to this enormous sandwich, but the restaurant chain also provides convenient nutrition info on its website -- so ignorance is no excuse for eating it.

    11. Lonestar 20 oz. T-bone steak
    1,540 cal, 124 g fat
    Add a baked potato and Lonestar's Signature Lettuce Wedge, and this is a 2,700-calorie blowout.

    10. Bob Evans Caramel Banana Pecan Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes
    1,540 cal, 77 g fat (9 g trans fat), 198 g carbs (109 g sugar)
    Five Egg McMuffins yield the same caloric cost as this stack of sugar-stuffed flapjacks, which is truly a heavy breakfast, weighing in at a hefty pound-and-a-half.

    9. Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
    1,600 cal, 78 g fat, 215 g carbs
    Would you eat a Big Mac for desert? How about three? That's the calorie equivalent of this decadent dish. Clearly, Chili's customers get their money's worth.

    8. P.F. Chang's Pork Lo Mein
    1,820 cal, 127 g fat, 95 g carbs
    The fat content in this dish alone provides more than 1,100 calories. And you'd have to eat almost five servings of pasta to match the number of carbohydrates it contains. Now, do you really need five servings of pasta?

    7. Chili's Honey Chipotle Crispers with Chipotle Sauce
    2,040 cal, 99 g fat, 240 g carbs
    "Crispers" refers to an extra-thick layer of bread crumbs that soaks up oil and adds unnecessary calories and carbs to these glorified chicken strips.

    6. On the Border Dos XX Fish Tacos with Rice & Beans
    2,100 cal, 130 g fat, 169 g carbs, 4,750 mg sodium
    Perhaps the most misleadingly named dish in America. A dozen crunchy tacos from Taco Bell will saddle you with fewer calories.

    5. Uno Chicago Grill Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza
    2,310 cal, 162 g fat, 123 g carbs, 4,470 mg sodium
    Downing this "personal" pizza is the equivalent to eating 18 slices of Domino's Crunchy Thin Crust cheese pie.

    4. Macaroni Grill Spaghetti & Meatballs with Meat Sauce
    2,430 cal, 128 g fat, 207 g carbs, 5,290 mg sodium
    This meal satisfies your calorie requirements for an entire day.

    3. On the Border Stacked Border Nachos
    2,740 cal, 166 g fat, 191 g carbs, 5,280 mg sodium

    2. Chili's Awesome Blossom
    2,710 cal, 203 g fat, 194 g carbs, 6,360 mg sodium

    1. Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing
    2,900 cal, 182 g fat, 240 g carbs
    Even if you split these "starters" with three friends, you'll have downed a dinner's worth of calories before your entree arrives.

    Also, a list of restaurants that refused to give MH a full disclosure of their nutritional numbers: Applebee's; California Pizza Kitchen; Chipotle; Cracker Barrel; Fuddruckers; Hooters; IHOP; Maggiano's Little Italy; Olive Garden; Outback; Perkins; Quiznos; Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; TGI Friday's. It's safe to say I'm going to be a little more mindful of what I eat.
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Fast food is unhealthy: Stop the presses!
  3. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    If you read it carefully, the majority of these items are NOT from fast-food joints.
  4. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    5. Uno Chicago Grill Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza: 2,310 cal, 162 g fat, 123 g carbs, 4,470 mg sodium
    Downing this "personal" pizza is the equivalent to eating 18 slices of Domino's Crunchy Thin Crust cheese pie.

    How is it possible that I've only had that? Several times a week, my nutritional intake questioned, followed by a "you're not going to live much longer. ..."
  5. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Fast food, restaurant item. Same thing. If you don't make it yourself, it likely has more calories than you need.
  6. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    I don't think that the big shocker is that these items are unhealthy, but just exactly how bad they are. Those big numbers widen the eyes a bit.
  7. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    If I were running a restaurant, I don't know if I'd be handing the details over either.
  8. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Where's the poll?
  9. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Can't speak for anyone but myself, but the reason I go out to eat is to get something that tastes, and thus almost always is, unhealthy. If I'm worried about calories and such I'll eat another fuckin' chicken wrap at home.
  10. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Read that story today in the mag. Thankfully the only one I'm guilty of eating on a semi-regular basis is the Chipotle burrito.

    Never had PF Changs. Didn't realize just how bad that stuff can be for you ...
  11. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member


    I've got a pole for you. ...
  12. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    Good lord, I'm watching that right now.
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