The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices
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
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
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
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
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
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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