|30 worst "Healthy Food Choices"
posted on 2/18/10 7:23 am
30. Worst Canned Fruit
Dole Tropical Mixed Fruit in Passion Fruit Nectar (1/2 cup)
0 g fat
20 g sugars
If there’s one thing we love about fruit, it’s that nature prepackages it with the perfect amount of sugar.
Apparently the folks who can these fruits don’t trust nature’s recipe, so they augment it with a gob of extra sugar, which downgrades nature’s wonder food into canned candy.
Stick with nature’s recipe instead and buy only fruits packed in 100 percent juice.
29. Worst "Healthy" Snack
Pop-Secret Kettle Corn (4 cups popped)
13 g fat (3 g saturated, 6 g trans)
150 mg sodium
28. Worst Herbal Beverage
Arizona RX Energy Herbal Tonic (20-ounce can)
0 g fat
73 g sugars
27. Worst Cold Cut Sandwich
Subway Cold Cut Combo (6", on 9-grain wheat bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pickles, olives, and mayo)
29 g fat (8 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
1,670 mg sodium
26. Worst "Ideal" Meal
Jamba Juice Ideal Meal Chunky Strawberry
18 g fat (3 g saturated)
55 g sugars
Replacing an oatmeal base with sugars and granola is never a good swap.
25. Worst Caesar Wrap
Blimpie Chicken Caesar Wrap
29 g fat (9 g saturated)
1,586 mg sodium
24. Worst Fish Sandwich
Burger King Big Fish Sandwich
32 g fat (5 g saturated)
1,540 mg sodium
The Big Fish is a whale of a sandwich
23. Worst "Healthy" Breakfast
Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Muffin
29 g fat (5 g saturated)
520 mg sodium
91 g carbohydrates
Despite the healthy-sounding names—banana-walnut, blueberry, cran-orange—muffins are little more than glorified cake. Case in point: This one has more sugar than 3 ice cream sandwiches.
22. Worst "Healthy" Chinese Meal
Panda Express Beijing Beef
41 g fat (7 g saturated)
860 mg sodium
21. Worst "Market Fresh" Sandwich
Arby’s Market Fresh Roast Turkey and Swiss
30 g fat (8 g saturated, 1 g trans)
1,680 mg sodium
Don't be fooled by vague, healthy-sounding monikers like “market fresh.” More often than not, words like “fresh” and “all natural” are marketing smoke screens. Surprisingly enough, Arby’s line of roast beef products tends to be among the safest bets on the menu. While beef may get a bad rap from fat-phobic consumers, most deli cuts of roast beef are nearly as lean as turkey or chicken.
20. Worst "Healthy" Frozen Dinner
Bertolli Grilled Chicken Alfredo & Fettuccine Skillet Meal for Two (1/2 package)
42 g fat (22 g saturated)
1,370 mg sodium
19. Worst Veggie Pizza
Papa John’s Pan Crust Garden Fresh Pizza
38 g fat (12 g saturated)
1,320 mg sodium
78 g carbohydrates
Gardens aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Just because it’s topped with veggies doesn’t make it healthy. The real problem here isn’t the toppings, though; it’s the excessively thick, greasy pan crust that sinks this veggie-strewn ship. Two slices of this garden-fresh pie will set you back the caloric equivalent of more than 8 Rice Krispies Treats. When it comes to having your pizza and eating it too, the first and most important consideration is crust. Thick, deep dish, or pan crust slices will generally pack 40% more calories than regular slices, thin crust 40% less.
18. Worst "Healthy" Soup
P.F. Chang’s Chicken Noodle Soup
24 g fat (4 g saturated)
4,135 mg sodium
92 g carbohydrates
It’s the best part about getting sick: the promise of chicken noodle soup to come. Studies have shown it works, too, but no study could have planned on the torrent of sodium that swirls among Chang’s noodles. Experts recommend capping your daily sodium intake at 2,400 milligrams. Any more than that can put you at an increased risk for heart disease, not to mention swell you up with retained water. Unfortunately, all Chang’s soups suffer a similar fate.
17. Worst Salad Sandwich
Boston Market Chicken Salad Sandwich
41 g fat (7 g saturated, 5 g trans)
1,900 mg sodium
Chicken and tuna salad sandwiches might not be the models of health some purport them to be, but even we were surprised to see how bad this Boston Market sandwich really is. Where do they possibly find the room to cram 2½ days’ worth of trans fat into chicken, mayonnaise, lettuce, and bread?
16. Worst Vegetable Pasta
Bob Evans Garden Vegetable Alfredo
48 g fat (20 g saturated, 3 g trans)
1,860 mg sodium
Vegetable-based pasta dishes are rarely as healthy as they seem. That’s because cooks take the lack of meat as an open invitation to load on the cream and butter.
15. Worst Turkey Burger Meal
Ruby Tuesday Turkey Minis and Fries
46 g fat
88 g carbohydrates
In a perfect world, ground turkey is leaner than ground beef and turkey burger is a decent thing to eat. But Ruby Tuesday finds a way to confound all expectations, considering that these mini burgers still have more calories than a Wendy’s formidable Baconator.
14. Worst "Healthy" Italian Meal
Olive Garden Grilled Shrimp Caprese
41 g fat (17 g saturated)
3,490 mg sodium
Grilled shrimp on its own makes for one of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet, but when corrupted by the imaginations of the corporate cooks at Olive Garden, the result is considerably bleaker. The melted mozzarella and the garlic butter sauce are to blame for the high sodium numbers (there’s as much salt in this dish as in 20 individual canisters of Pringles Originals).
13. Worst Cobb Salad
Quizno’s Classic Cobb Flatbread Salad
58 g fat (12.5 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
1,890 mg sodium
61 g carbohydrates
Cobb salads are popular because they’re so tasty. And it’s no wonder—they’re packed with bacon, egg, and tomatoes. Together they bring protein and other important nutrients to the table, but in the case of Quiznos’ Cobb, they team up with the pile of flatbread to bring a reckless flood of calories. When 4 Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts have fewer calories than a pile of greens, you know something is wrong.
12. Worst "Healthy" Sandwich
Atlanta Bread Company California Avocado Sandwich
50 g fat (11 g saturated)
25 g protein
1,120 mg sodium
Avocado is supposed to bring a bit of healthy fat to your sandwich, not an unsavory deluge of calories.
11. Worst Asian Salad
P.F. Chang’s Chicken Chopped Salad with Ginger Dressing
68 g fat (10 g saturated)
2,225 mg sodium
The ginger dressing gives this salad a tangy Asian-style kick; it also packs in a whole day’s worth of sodium. Order this salad as a starter and you’ll be consuming the caloric equivalent of 3½ Snickers bars before your main meal even hits the table.
10. Worst Seafood Meal
Red Lobster Maui Lau Shrimp and Salmon with Rice Pilaf and Broccoli
19.5 g fat (4 g saturated)
3,000 mg sodium
The shrimp and salmon by themselves have 790 calories and more than 2,000 milligrams of sodium—hardly the type of healthy eating you expect from 2 of the finest sources of protein out there. Worst Rollup
Applebee’s Chicken Fajita Rollup
The name conjures up the same healthy images that “wrap” does, yet this one tortilla-swaddled chicken dish contains as many calories as 7 Taco Bell Fresco Beef Tacos. And that's before the fries
8. Worst Seafood Salad
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Seared Sea Scallops Salad
94 g fat (27 g saturated)
2,680 mg sodium
Macaroni Grill manages to take two normally healthy foods—salad and seafood—and turn them into the caloric equivalent of 26 Chicken McNuggets. Not to mention more than 1 day’s worth of sodium, fat, and saturated fat.
7. Worst Veggie Sandwich
Blimpie Special Vegetarian (12")
60 g fat (19 g saturated)
3,532 mg sodium
131 g carbohydrates
“Vegetarian” doesn’t automatically translate to “healthy.” Sure, this sandwich has vegetables, but it also has 3 different kinds of cheese and a deluge of oil tucked into a hulking 12" roll. No wonder it contains more than half a day’s worth of calories and a cascade of carbs.
6. Worst Sliders
Ruby Tuesday Bacon Cheddar Minis (4 burgers)
86 g fat
75 g carbohydrates
Diminutive dishes are one of the hottest trends in the restaurant world right now (probably since most are looking for ways to stretch a buck), and you’d think that would serve health-conscious eaters well. But not under the reckless watch of the burger barons at Ruby Tuesday, who manage to turn 4 “mini” burgers into the caloric equivalent of 7 Dunkin’ Donuts Sugar Donuts.
5. Worst Chicken Salad
T.G.I. Friday’s Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
4. Worst Mexican Salad
Chevy’s Fresh Mex Tostada Salad with Chicken
94 g fat (37 g saturated)
2,480 mg sodium
3. Worst Tuna Sandwich
Quiznos Tuna Melt (large)
133 g fat (25 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
2,120 mg sodium
In almost all other forms, tuna is a nutritional superstar, so how did it end up as the headliner for America’s Worst Sandwich? Blame an absurdly heavy hand with the mayo the tuna is mixed with, along with Quiznos’ larger-than-life portion sizes.
2. Worst Salad, Period
California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad
This CPK Thai Crunch Salad is the worst we've ever seen, with more calories than you'd absorb from 4 Big Macs. Speaking of crunches, you’d need to do nearly 5,000 of them to work off this one plate of greens.
1. Worst "Healthy" Food in America
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Parmesan Crusted Sole
141 g fat (58 g saturated)
2,980 mg sodium
145 g carbohydrates
Lean sole served with capers and spinach-strewn orzo sounds like the safest bet on the Mac Grill menu, but it turns out to be not just one of the worst dishes in this restaurant, but one of the worst entrées we’ve found in any restaurant in America. From a nutritional standpoint, “Parmesan crusting” is akin to coating one of the healthiest proteins in the world with a blanket of fried cheese.
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