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The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices

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Though you might know them for their "Grand Slam" breakfasts or their "Rock Star Menu," Denny's has gotten some bad press recently when the chain was sued for "putting customers at risk with its unsafe sodium levels." With the help of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the New Jersey man behind the suit demanded the chain reduce its sodium and fat content across all menu items. Denny's claimed it couldn't meet the demands completely, citing costs and taste compromises, and instead introduced a line of healthier menu options. The chain now claims to use frying oil that adds zero grams of trans fat per serving.

Still, that doesn't mean it's entirely safe to go back into the Grand Slam waters. Brace your arteries and waistlines for these shockers.

Calorie Bombs Cheesy Three Pack Appetizer

1,940 calories, 125g fat, 23g saturated fat, 100g cholesterol, 3,840mg sodium

"But they're so cute!" Not everything that comes in "mini" size is adorable. You'd be better off ordering the Fit Fare Boca burger (410 calories), or even their Classic Burger (770 calories) than this three-pack of mini cheeseburgers served with onion rings -- a frightening overdose of calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

Granola (4 ounces) with Milk (8 ounces)

690 calories, 12g fat, 2g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 430mg sodium

A bowl of cereal that adds up to nearly half a day's calories? And this is supposed to be a breakfast "side"? Take heed: "People don't realize there's a ton of fat and sugar in granola, and restaurants serve oversized portions," says New York-based nutritionist Richter, who tells her clients to avoid granola altogether, not just at Denny's. "Opt for oatmeal instead -- or Cheerios."

Heartland Scramble

1,150 calorie, 66g fat, 20g saturated fat, 530mg cholesterol, 2,800 sodium

There are only two eggs in this breakfast entree, yet the bacon, fried potatoes, and cheddar cheese send this one into the danger zone, especially when you factor in the sodium content.

Healthier Alternatives Baja Chicken Salad

280 calories, 13g fat, 3g saturated fat, 75mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium

It may be only half of a salad, but with the double protein combo of grilled chicken and bacon plus folate-rich avocado, this can fill you up. Consider the pico de gallo topping as your dressing and spare yourself the doubling (or tripling) in calories a ranch or blue cheese would provide. And remember to skip the bread!

Seasonal Fresh Fruit Appetizer

70 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium

Yes, you can find fresh fruit at Denny's -- and you'll be a walking caveat to all those with stomachaches from wolfing down a French Toast Slam.

Egg-White Omelet

280 calories, 16g fat, 6g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 720mg sodium
(omelet only; not counting the toast or sides)

This one will give you bragging rights -- a big, fat omelet with only 20 mg of cholesterol, less than a tenth of the average woman's daily cholesterol consumption. For eggs! At Denny's! (Compare that to 530 mg for the Heartland Scramble.) You're also getting a big helping of veggies (green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes) and enough protein to last you until lunch.

Next:  Applebee's


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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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