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The 30 Worst Fast-Food Restaurant Choices

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Outback Steakhouse

Home to the 16-ounce steak and the 2,700-calorie dessert, Outback is for big appetites and big groups, crocodile hunters, and other people with nerves -- and arteries -- of steel. The restaurant chain does offer menu suggestions for people concerned about their heart health, carb, sugar, sodium, or MSG intake, or food allergies (including gluten) -- but no nutritional breakouts. You can, however, request that your food be prepared without butter, glaze, or seasoning, allowing you to control how much you fatten and salt your meals. Remember to do this, and you'll add years to your life!

Calorie Bombs Bloomin' Onion Appetizer

1,560 calories

This could be called "The Bloomin' Butt." Outback representatives say this is meant to be shared with a group, but the onion -- healthy and flavorful on its own --- provides a whole lot of surface area to absorb fat, Dr. Kessler explains. Here it's fried in batter and topped with "spicy signature bloom sauce" -- layering salt on sugar on fat.

Aussie Cheese Fries Appetizer

2,140 calories

Make sure there are at least five of you digging into this plate! Cheese fries come under particular condemnation from Kessler. "The potato base is a simple carbohydrate, which quickly breaks down to sugar in the body. Once it's fried and layered with cheese, we're eating salt on fat on fat on sugar." And that's not even to mention the bacon and the ranch dressing.

Baby Back Ribs (full rack)

2,580 calories

Can you count the sins in here? A full rack of ribs smoked, grilled, coated in BBQ sauce, and served with Aussie fries. That's what's known as fat on fat on sugar on fat on fat.

Healthier Alternatives Seared Ahi Tuna Appetizer (small)

360 calories

From a calorie and fat perspective, you can't really go wrong with seared Ahi tuna. Split this with someone as an app so you can still indulge in one of the (lower-cal) entree runner-ups.

Prime Rib (8 ounces)

350 calories

You are at a steakhouse, so if it's meat you're craving, opt for this one. It's a healthy size, and if you ask them to prepare it without butter, it will still be delicious while sparing you the artery-clogging cholesterol and diet-crushing calories.

Shrimp on the Barbie (half-order)

330 calories

Finally, shrimp that isn't deep fried, drowning in glaze, or piled on a plate designed to feed orca.

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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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