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The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices

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Olive Garden

Attempting to curb calories at a family-style Italian restaurant is not for the weak-willed. This is where people go for the ultimate "carbo loading," after all -- and Olive Garden doesn't skimp on the carbs or the fats. The restaurant chain does, however, offer a "Garden Fare" section with low-fat options, and their menu suggests substituting sauteed fresh vegetables for potatoes when you choose your side. We suggest asking for those veggies steamed -- once you work them into your entree, they'll be plenty sauteed anyway.

Calorie Bombs Create Your Own Pizza Appetizer (cheese and sauce only)

930 calories, 910 calories, 28g fat, 12g saturated fat, 2,970mg sodium

Before you even add a tomato, you're looking at nearly 1,000 calories and -- gasp -- 2,970 mg of sodium! The 12 grams of saturated fat also clogged our arteries just thinking about it.

Pork Milanese

1,510 calories, 87g fat, 37g saturated fat, 3,100g sodium

Milan may be the fashion capital of Italy, but you can be sure those runway models aren't eating anything "Milanese": pan-seared pork scaloppini covered in Italian herb breadcrumbs, accompanied by "asiago cheese-filled tortelloni pasta tossed in a garlic-butter sauce with fresh spinach." Step away from this entree, and no one gets hurt.

Tour of Italy Pasta

1,450 calories, 74g fat, 33g saturated fat, 3,830mg sodium

For the indecisive hedonist, this entree includes lasagna, "lightly breaded" chicken parmigiana, and fettuccine Alfredo -- all with a meat sauce made of beef and Italian sausage. In other words, your tour of Italy begins and ends with "The Last Supper."

Healthier Alternatives Venetian Apricot Chicken

380 calories, 4g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 1,420mg sodium

Venice appears to be a much healthier city than Milan. Case in point: this low-cal grilled chicken breast in an apricot citrus sauce, which is served with an impressive array of top veggies: broccoli, asparagus, and tomatoes.

Linguine alla Marinara

430 calories, 6g fat, 1g saturated fat, 900mg sodium

If you can't stave off the pasta cravings, this classic marinara dish is your best option. No meat, but plenty of ripe tomatoes, onions, and herbs.

Minestrone Soup Appetizer

100 calories, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 1,020mg sodium

This very low-calorie soup offers fresh vegetables, beans, and light tomato broth, all of which offer heart-healthy benefits that will help offset the relatively high dose of sodium.

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seo.blvd wrote:

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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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