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The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices

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PF Chang's

This may come as a surprise to many, but restaurant noodle dishes and stir-fries can be frighteningly high in fat and calorie counts. And few people understand that places like PF Chang's create entrees intended to be shared by the table.

To minimize the damage, ask them to go light on the oil and sauce in the food prep. Chang's also offers "stock velveted" treatment, which replaces oil with vegetable or chicken stock in the cooking, which can "drastically reduce the amount of fat and calories to an entree while still providing great flavor," says Silber. Also, ask for your sauces on the side, and always opt for brown rice.

Calorie Bombs Chicken Chopped Salad with Ginger Dressing

940 calories, 68g fat, 10g saturated fat, 2,225mg sodium

According to the menu, this salad is simply grilled chicken with house greens tossed with the restaurant's "signature ginger dressing." But they add, "for a lighter touch, try it with our sesame vinaigrette dressing" and that should be your cue that their signature tosser is anything but light. Eater beware: not all salads are made equal.

Crispy Honey Shrimp

2,110 calories, 70g fat, 10g saturated fat, 1,815mg sodium

Though shrimp is relatively low in calories (three ounces contains around 90 calories), the two words "crispy" and "honey" spell bad news. This is the fat on sugar concept, and it works like crack. Remember, kids: just say no!

Lo Mein Combo

1,968 calories, 24g fat, 3g saturated fat, 1,465mg sodium

We're used to seeing our lo mein noodles in a small, harmless-looking white cardboard box. This is something else entirely. Intended to be shared by three people, a big pile of lo mein noodles are stir-fried in oil with large portions of beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp. To avoid keeling over from cardiac arrest, ask for a "vegetable stock velveted" preparation to replace the oil, and remember to split this one!

Healthier Alternatives Asian Ginger Salmon

272 calories, 14g fat, 2g saturated fat, 159mg sodium

We all need more heart and brain-healthy salmon in our diets, and ginger is good for the stomach and for reducing inflammation, according to Silber.


325 calories, 16g fat, 4g saturated fat, 749mg sodium

An 8-ounce portion has only a little over 300 calories, and in addition to being a great source of omega-3s and protein, mahi-mahi provides plenty of selenium, an antioxidant thought to help prevent cancer.

Chang's Lemon Scallops

188 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 257mg sodium

More than 80 percent protein, scallops are also a good source of both magnesium and potassium, and these quick-fired scallops in a light lemon sauce won't balloon your waistline, either.

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3/19/2014 06:04:50 AM Report Abuse
enjolicook55523 wrote:

Great story! I rarely eat out and decided to splurge when my inlaws were in town by getting some delicious 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese w/ Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders The lunch size portion was a whopping 810 calories with 35 grams of fat and 1720 mg of sodium! Applebees does publish their nutrional information at if anyone is curious or wants to be completely repulsed. Even the "healthy" option are laden with sodium. Yikes!

9/5/2013 10:24:53 AM Report Abuse
dvsnowden wrote:

Inseatd of olive garden, what about Sweet Tomatoes. Is it healthy or not. I found some info online, a good site was, but if olive garden is unhealthy, what about Sweet Tomatoes?

5/19/2011 11:30:05 AM Report Abuse
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8/10/2010 06:52:02 AM Report Abuse
limam11 wrote:

what about the Ninety-Nine? there crispy fish tacos are about 1200 calories, I believe. I usually go for the red pepper hummus appetizer at an estimated 500 calories!

8/9/2010 02:31:19 PM Report Abuse

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