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Friday, June 26, 2009

I got this in an email today from hungrygirl - STAY AWAY FROM THIS FOOD!!!

Many high-calorie foods are easy to identify. (Bucket of fried chicken? DING!) But what we find SUPER-SCARY are the items that sound healthy and innocent yet are anything but. Here's our latest list of offenders. And yes, we really ARE offended...

Applebee's Grilled Shrimp 'N Spinach Salad

PER SERVING (full-size salad with dressing): 1,160 calories -- POINTS® value of at least 22*

This is one of those salads where you really have to read the fine print and check the ingredients. If you picked this salad by name alone, you'd think you were making a wise choice. However, there's lots of bacon hiding in that pile o' greens... and there's more bacon in the dressing! But even with all that bacon, it's hard to believe how many calories this thing has. Yikes.

Friendly's Garden Omelette

PER SERVING (omelette and orange slice; no sides): 860 calories, 55g fat, 1,170mg sodium, 52g carbs, 5g fiber, 7g sugars, 40g protein -- POINTS value 21*

Attention, information fiends: Friendly's nutritional stats are now posted online! One of the most shocking sets of numbers we stumbled upon? The stats for this simple veggie omelette. What's worse is the fact that the nearly 900-calorie price tag does NOT include the "golden home fries and toast" it's served with. Add those in and you're looking at 1,350 - 1,490 calories and 77 - 79g fat (POINTS value 33 - 36*), depending on your bread choice. ACK!

Ruby Tuesday Veggie Burger

PER SERVING (entire meal): 952 calories, 53g fat, 95g net carbs, 3g fiber -- POINTS value 23*

Granted, most of RT's burgers are members of the 1,000-calorie+ club, but that's no excuse for a veggie burger to be this high in calories. Served with (eeks!) endless fries, we doubt these stats cover refills. Each serving of the fries has 359 calories and 13g fat, so the potential harm here is brutal. Thanks, but no thanks, Ruby T.

Baja Fresh Cabo Style Salad Burrito

PER SERVING (one burrito): 980 calories, 52g fat, 1,770mg sodium, 81g carbs, 11g fiber, 50g protein -- POINTS value 23*

One would think that an item referred to as a "Salad Burrito" would be a pretty light choice. WRONG-O! Rumor has it this thing has THREE kinds of cheese, ranch dressing, AND avocado. Yeah, that'll weigh a burrito down. Eeeks.

Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine Smoothie

PER SERVING (one original-size smoothie): 490 calories, 2g fat, 210mg sodium, 105g carbs, less than 1g fiber, 99g sugars, 10g protein -- POINTS value 10*

WHOA!!! There are almost 100 grams of sugar in this smoothie! That's more than the amount in two cans of regular soda. If you're looking for a refreshing treat, maybe you should seek out something else. From our time spent checking out the Sugar Stacks website, we can deduce that this smoothie has about 25 cubes' worth of sugar. Yuck.

Haagen-Dazs Mango Ice Cream

PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 250 calories, 14g fat, 50mg sodium, 28g carbs, less than 1g fiber, 27g sugars, 4g protein -- POINTS value 6*

It's easy to be lured into thinking that fruity ice cream could be a guilt-free treat. And while a scoop of Haagen-Dazs' Mango SORBET makes a nice light dessert (120 calories, no fat, and a POINTS® value of 2*), don't mess up and buy the ICE CREAM by accident. This stuff is full-fat and has more than twice as many calories per serving. SUPER lame.
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    I also got this from HG. I guess it just goes to show you that its not just whats in your food but how its prepared that will get you, too. Although, bacon in a dressing does sound good...
    4135 days ago
    i am so glad i have no money to eat out. i am not sure i would want to anymore if i did. you think restaurants could have some low calorie food that taste good. we can do it at home why can't they do it?what is wrong with america we have all the potential and none of the sense. emoticon emoticon
    4135 days ago
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    The serving sizes at these places are ridiculous. I ate at Applebee's not too long ago. I know that whatever I ordered was in the 900 to 1000 calorie range but I could only eat a third of it. A THIRD! What a waste!

    Thanks for the info. Those names are completely misleading. I am beginning to think marketing people are bottom feeders just like laywers and bankers. (Which is ironic because I'd like to be in marketing...)
    4135 days ago
    It is such a shame how low businesses will go to sell their products ie:food. They make it sound so healthy to sucker you in. Thanks for posting this.

    By the way I love your frog.
    4135 days ago
    Thanks for sharing that! Man!, you really have to be careful eating out at all, that is just crazy.

    That is exactly why I don't trust myself to go out to eat without planning ahead and looking at the nutrition stats...you really never know what you are getting in there. Craziness!!!

    4136 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this...the spinach salad was the biggest shocker to me, because that's totally something I would have ordered. If it were up to me I'd just about never go to restaurants because you really never know, and there are more shockers it seems than nonshockers on the menus. Sad to say, probably your best bet at any restaurant is a simple garden salad.
    4136 days ago
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