What are we really eating folks? Seriously. I mean, I know I don’t have the best diet in the world but I do try to eat healthy for the most part. But do we truly know what’s in some of this stuff we consume?
I want to thank Ma for sending this to me via email. I figured I’d share it with folks who may not have seen it. Make sure you click on the link to the Men’s Heath website and also check out the article below.
Dieters beware: These meals chock-full of calories, fat
By Don Mauer | Lean and Lovin’ It
Weighing in at 2,710 calories and 203 grams of fat, Chili’s Awesome Blossom may seem like the worst dietary nightmare any restaurant ever foisted on America’s dining public, but it’s not.
According to Men’s Health magazine’s Matt Goulding, Outback Steakhouse’s Aussie cheese fries with ranch dressing and their 2,900 calories and 182 fat grams are so evilly conceived he named them “The Worst Food in America.”
To combat those delicious demons Goulding suggests starting a meat at Chili’s with a side item: garlic and lime grilled shrimp. He also noted that starting any restaurant meal with a higher protein appetizer helps diminish hunger, especially since many restaurants still serving overloaded entree portions.
For a meal-starter at Outback he’d head for the seared Ahi tuna or shrimp on the barbie. Since restaurants still don’t reveal how much trans fats are in their fryers, it’s best to steer clear of deep-fried appetizers or entrees.
Goulding didn’t stop with just those two diet-busters. He revealed what remained on his “20 Worst Foods in America.” Here’s a few highlights.
McDonald’s Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips: It still amazes me how a restaurant can take a high protein, low-fat piece of chicken breast and turn it into a mealtime nightmare. Goulding ranks the Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips with creamy ranch sauce as fast food’s worst chicken meal. Just five pieces bring 830 calories (60 percent from fat) and 55 fat grams (4.5 grams trans fat) to the table.
On The Border’s Stacked Nachos Those nachos arrive with a stunning 2,740 calories (54.5 percent from fat) and 166 fat grams. Do the math and you’ll find that’s almost 6 ounces of fat. Not sufficiently insulting; On the Border adds a hard-to-ignore 5,280 milligrams of sodium. Aye carrumba.
Macaroni Grill’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. Spaghetti seems like a somewhat benign entree since it’s just pasta and red sauce. That’s not Macaroni Grill’s view, since its version with meat sauce brings a whopping 2,430 calories (a full day’s worth for an average man) and 128 fat grams (50 percent more daily fat than recommended) to the dinner table. La mia qualità! (My goodness!)
Goulding suggests ordering that same entrée as a lunch portion, with regular tomato sauce; doing so slashes the calories in half.
P.F. Chang’s Pork lo Mein. A simple pork lo mein (sliced pork with noodles and veggies) would seem to be a fair restaurant choice if you’re watching your meal’s calories and fat and without the nutrition facts, you could blindly order some at P. F. Chang’s. However, that would be a huge mistake since its version of this popular Asian entrée serves up 1,820 calories (62.8 percent from fat) and 127 fat grams.
Instead, Goulding suggests opting for the Singapore Street Noodles at 570 calories or Moo Goo Gai Pan or Ginger Chicken and Broccoli each with 660 calories.
To see what else landed on Goulding’s list head to http://www.menshealth.com/eatthis/20worst.html. (linked above)
Be prepared to be surprised.
We really need to take care of ourselves folks. We really do…