With the plethora of junk offered by fast food chains, this is not an easy one to answer. However, Nutrition Action newsletter takes a good stab at it. In their words, “… our winners have what it takes…a total disregard for the obesity epidemic and the coming diabetes tsunami.”
Outback Steakhouse offers a cut of beef which the authors call a ‘crime rib.’ The 16 ounces of meat (a pound!) delivers 1400 calories without the side orders which include baked potato with a chunk of blue cheese, bread and butter. They total it at 2400 calories, 71 grams of fat, your quota for half a week, and 3,560 mg of sodium vs a daily recommendation of 1500 mg.
Among the most well known restaurants are IHOP which features an amazing omelot. “A 1,300-calorie sausage omelette alone would strike many as a tad on the heavy side. But this one comes with three buttermilk pancakes (or hash browns, toast, or fruit; but this is IHOP, after all). Remember when three pancakes alone was a big breakfast?
”Add four tablespoons of syrup, and you shuffle out with a day’s calories (1,990), plus a bonus 42 grams of saturated fat, 4,840 milligrams of sodium, and 1,035 mg of cholesterol (two to three days’ worth of each). And don’t forget the passel of white flour and the 12-or-so teaspoons of added (refined) sugar—the kind that doesn’t occur naturally in fruit and milk.”
Kind of scary from a healthy living point of view.
Sonic comes in with their Pineapple Upside Down Master Blast. ““SONIC’s real, vanilla ice cream perfectly mixed with pineapple, salted caramel & pie crust pieces” comes in a 32 oz. cup topped with several inches of whipped cream.”
This 32 ounce behemoth (this is AFTER your meal) contains 2,020 calories, 61 grams of fat and 4-1/2 grams of trans fat, not to mention 29 teaspoons of sugar.
As a Chicagoan, I have to include the Uno Pizzeria and Grill write up. I confess I have loved and consumed lots of their classic deep dish pizzas over the years.
Here is the skinny on a small 1-1/2 pounder: 1,470 calories, loaded with cheese and saturated fats.
To read about all Nine of the Worst Chain Restaurant Meals click the link.
3 responses to “What are the Worst Restaurant Chain Meals of 2015?”
I’m really not fond of these “fast foods”…
No kidding. As a retired old guy, I can fix most of what I eat so I don’t need to rely on them very much. I think it’s different for working folks.
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I’m still working but I cook my own meals. The restaurants in Hong Kong use too much oil and seasonings on their food which I don’t like.
With my hectic schedules, its not easy and convenient to make my own meals but it’s still better than buying food from restaurants…
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