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The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices

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On the Border

This chain of Tex-Mex restaurants is expanding internationally as it expands waistlines here at home. Owned by the people behind Chili's (another restaurant full of insane menu bombs -- no small feat to earn the distinction of "absolute worst burger in America" from Men's Health), On the Border wins its own place in the nutritional hall of shame for most caloric salad in America. And just because your doctor told you to eat more fish doesn't mean you should eat it here!

Calorie Bombs Dos XX Fish Tacos with Creamy Red Chili Sauce

2,350 calories, 152g fat, 31g saturated fat, 4,060mg sodium

No, those numbers aren't typos. Yes, this is all meant for one person. Though fish is generally considered a healthy option, these three fish tacos stuffed with Dos XX beer-battered, golden fried fish, creamy red chili sauce, and cheese are far from that. What it all means, in plain English: fat on salt on fat on deep-fried-fat on alcohol and fat, in a fat-soaked shell...with a little bit of fish hidden inside it all.

In one single meal, you are getting two to three times the maximum daily dose of fat, saturated fat, and sodium. "When our levels of sodium are too high, our blood volume increases which puts more pressure on the arteries and blood vessels," says Silber. "This makes the heart work harder than it needs to." The effects can be cumulative, and it's worth noting that heart disease is the number one killer of women over 65.

Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef and Smoked Chipotle Vinaigrette Dressing

1,680 calories, 121g fat, 40g saturated fat, 2,660mg sodium

This salad was chosen by Men's Health as the Worst Salad in America in 2008 -- perhaps because it contains "as much saturated fat as 40 strips of bacon and more calories than 11 Taco Bell Fresco Tacos." How's that even possible? Watch out for the bowl -- it's made of deep-fried tortilla. That's fat-onto-fat-onto-fat, holding up a whole pile of fat.

Big Beef Bordurrito

1,600 calories, 110g fat, 27g saturated fat, 3840mg sodium

The word "stuffed" is a big red flag, because not only is the Bordurrito filled to bursting, but you probably will be too after ingesting it. In this case, it's stuffed with fajita steak or chicken, Mexican rice, cheese, black beans, caramelized onions and red peppers, and sour cream sauce. Oh, wait, what's that noise? Probably your digestive tract staging a pre-emptive rebellion.

Healthier Alternatives Pico Shrimp Taco with Black Beans and Veggies

490 calories, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 1,650mg sodium

Shrimp done right with two of the best sidekicks: black beans and veggies. "Black beans are a low-fat source of protein and fiber that helps lower cholesterol," says Silber. Plus, putting the veggies into your taco ensures you don't skip them.

Citrus Chipotle Chicken Salad with Mango Citrus Vinaigrette

290 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 840mg sodium

Perhaps in response to earning the title of "World's Worst Salad" by Men's Health, On the Border has offered this new "Border Smart alternative": Pulled chicken breast tossed in a Mango Citrus Vinaigrette with peppers, red onions, tomatoes, corn, jicama, and mixed greens -- overall, a low-fat salad that's still filling, thanks to the protein from the chicken.

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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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