• Applebee’s
  • The bad news: You order the “Grilled Steak, Caesar Salad with toast,” thinking you’re eating light…after all, it’s a salad, right? But guess what? If you eat the whole thing, you’ll have wolfed down 1,296 calories, 83 grams of fat (16½ pats of you-know-what), and 2,200 mgs of sodium. Uh oh.

  • Cheesecake Factory
  • The bad news: You ordered their “Stuffed Chicken Tortillas,” thinking it a fairly good nutritional choice. Wrong. You just put away 1,097 calories, 43 grams of fat (8 ½ pats) and a whopping 2,647 mgs of sodium (the equivalent of more than a full teaspoon of salt)….thirsty, by any chance?

  • Chili’s
  • The bad news: Chili’s online info lists its appetizers under the heading “Start It Off Right,” but you surely won’t be doing that if you order their “Onion String & Crispy Jalapeno Stack.” This before-meal snack is lugging along 2,130 calories, 213 grams of fat (I kid you not–42 ½ pats of butter!), and 1,320 mgs of sodium. (You know how some menus put a little heart symbol next to the heart-healthy meals? “Onion String & Crispy Jalapeno Stack” could just about be awarded tiny skull and crossbones.)

  • T.G.I. Friday’s
  • The bad news: No matter how good Friday’s “Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad” sounds to you, don’t do it. It’s hiding 750 calories and 10 pats of butter.

  • Outback Steakhouse
  • The bad news: Order Outback’s “Aussie-tizers Kookaburra Wings with Sauce” and you just served yourself 1,160 calories and 75 grams of fat (15 pats).

  • Ruby Tuesdays
  • The bad news: You just ordered “Ruby Minis,” thinking, What harm could 2 miniburgers with fries possibly do? The answer: an injurious 1,122 calories and about 14 pats is what.

    Excerpt from an article by Margaret Furtado, M.S., R.N. Click here to read in full.

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