Meals to avoid when eating out

Restaurant food generally is a minefield of fat, salt and sugar so as tasty as it might seem, it’s best to avoid it as much as possible when you’re trying to eat something resembling a healthy diet.

Check my Eating Away from Home page for some of the least unhealthy alternatives I’ve found at various restaurants. And if you want to know what to avoid, this article, These are the most unhealthy meals in America, ranked is a good place to start.

Chicken parm pizza style? Really. Avoid it.

On the list:

Chicken Parmesan “Pizza Style” at The Cheesecake Factory. I haven’t eaten at a Cheesecake factory in more than six years, since my first stent went in. Even the salads there are loaded with so much unhealthy stuff they make a mockery of any expectation that  salad will be a healthy choice. This dish totals 1,870 calories, basically a day’s worth. The article doesn’t get into salt and fat but I’m sure it’s mega-artery clogging.

But even worse is the Cheesecake Factory’s breakfast burrito which comes in as the most unhealthy meal on the list with 2,730 calories. That’s more than a day;s worth for even a large man. For this, the article notes, the burrito “contains almost four days’ worth of saturated fat, at 73 grams, plus two days’ worth of sodium content.”

While I loved all sorts of junk food before my chronic heart condition kicked in, I can honestly say nothing on this list of restaurant foods ever appealed to me, so at least I don’t have to worry about giving up any of these.

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