Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Worst Foods in America

How good does that look! The Outback Steakhouse Aussie cheese fries w/ ranch dressing. With only 2,900 calories, 182 grams fat and 240 grams carbs - it's a meal the whole neighborhood should share. I came across this and more in this month's Men's Health Magazine. They listed the top 20 worst foods for any human to consume, which perked me right up. This by the way, was the winner (no shit sherlock.)
A lot of those featured are obvious, but some like the Ruby Tuesdays Bella turkey burger which passes itself off as being "healthy" has 1,145 calories and a mere 71 grams of fat. People just assume that eating something like that is good for them but with the portion sizes these restaurants are serving, joe public hasn't a clue. Just to put it into perspective, an average man should be consuming 2,500 calories approx. per day so by having this burger, without the fries, you're already almost half way through your daily allotment.
The article goes on to list their 'worst in' categories like worst drink, supermarket meal, kids meal, sandwich, steak, salad and more. This is a good one for all you Starbucks peeps. Voted worst coffee, the venti strawberries & creme frappucino blended creme. I know I'm not the only one who hasn't a clue what all that means and where's the coffee? Anyway it's got a cool 750 calories and ......120 grams sugar, more than 3 cans of soda. Enjoy that sugar crash.
It really boils down to making wise choices. The reason why the "healthy" burger isn't healthy is most likely from the sauces smothered on top. Eliminate these naughty additions (including mayo) and your burger becomes better.
I highly recommend checking out this article, "The First Annual 20 Worst Foods in America" for an eye-opener on how to make wiser choices in the big bad world of restaurants. Take it a step further and grab a copy of Eat This Not That, by David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding, who wrote the MH article. Featured on the Today Show, the book provides more healthy tips for all kinds of restaurant eating as well as wise supermarket shopping. After all 2008 is right around the bend...

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