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The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices

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Don't be fooled by the "apple" in their name -- this chain has one of the most egregious menus of the bunch, which might explain why they're secretive about their nutritional information and won't make themselves available to talk to media.

Thanks to legislation in New York City, Seattle, and California, we got the rundown on their biggest diet busters -- and the (few) Weight Watchers approved alternatives that will help you dodge their worst bullets.

Calorie Bombs Quesadilla Burger

1,820 calories, 46g saturated fat, 4,410mg sodium

This new menu item stuffs a burger into an already stuffed bacon-cheddar-pepper Jack quesadilla, then adds a Mexi-ranch sauce. With fries (440 calories), this full day's worth of calories adds up to 46 grams of saturated fat -- the equivalent of two jumbo steak burritos at Chipotle. And with 4,410 milligrams of sodium, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) calls this one "a prime candidate for Applebee's Don't-Have-a-Stroke (on our property) Special."

Grilled Shrimp Pesto Alfredo Fettuccine

1,790 calories

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) once referred to fettuccine Alfredo as "heart attack on a plate." This entree takes the heart attack and finishes it off with a bullet of highly caloric pesto and high-cholesterol shrimp.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Appetizer

1,590 calories

Even though it's an appetizer, it still packs more punch than an entree should. "'Spinach dip' is a misnomer," says Dr. Kessler. "The spinach provides little more than color and a bit of appeal; a high-fat, high-salt dairy product is the main ingredient. It's a tasty dish of salt on fat."

Healthier Alternatives Grilled Chili-Lime Chicken Salad

250 calories

Reduced-fat cheddar and mozzarella and chili-lime vinaigrette help curb calories, and a nutrient-rich combo of spinach, red onions, roasted red peppers, and mushrooms make this salad a diamond in the (deep-fried) rough.

Onion Soup au Gratin

150 calories

While this soup can vary in calories depending upon the restaurant, Applebee's claims to go light on the cheese. Consuming onions also has blood sugar-lowering effects and may lower your risk for several common cancers.

Cajun Lime Tilapia

230 calories

A grilled Cajun-seasoned tilapia fillet topped with mango salsa and rice. "Tilapia is a good source of protein and rich in omega-3s," says Silber.

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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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