10 Foods that Are Health Horrors
Dietitians name their top nutritional nightmares.
4. Big, Bigger, Biggest Burgers continued...
Burger King is not far behind with its BK Stacker, loaded with four burgers,
four slices of cheese, and 8 strips of bacon, coming in at 1,000 calories, 30 g
saturated fat, and 1,800 mg sodium.
And the list doesn't end at fast-food chains. Ever hear of the
"Hamdog"? This culinary creation from the former Mulligan's Tavern near
Atlanta starts with a hot dog padded with cheese and half pound of ground beef.
That's dropped in the fryer, then loaded onto a hoagie roll and topped with
chili, bacon, onions and a fried egg. Mulligan's was also famous as the home of
the "Luther Burger," a giant bacon cheeseburger with a Krispy Kreme
doughnut for a bun.
Someone call the food police!
Of course, "most people know when they order one of these that it is not
good for them," says Jayne Hurley, RD, senior nutritionist for the watchdog
group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.
If you are thinking of your health, try ordering a plain burger with sauce
on the side, along with a side salad.
The bottom line is that we should eat no more than 20 grams of saturated fat
per day. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend
no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (equal to about 1 teaspoon). If you're
salt-sensitive (that is, if your blood pressure is highly
affected by salt), the number drops to 1,500 mg.
5. Appalling Appetizers
Dietitian Cynthia Sass, RD, nominated TGI Friday's "sizzling triple meat
fundido -- a combination of cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and sausage served with
breadsticks." While nutritional information for this appetizer was not
available on the restaurant's web site, the fat-laden ingredients ensure that
the fundido is a nutritional no-no.
6. Calorie-Laden Cakes
As if cheesecake were not high enough in fat and calories, the Cheesecake
Factory adds chocolate candy, cookies, mousse, ganache, flourless chocolate
cake crust, and other equally caloric extras to the rich dessert, says Jayne
Hurley, RD. Even if you're just ordering a plain slice, cheesecake will set you
back 630 calories.
Looking for a little nosh with your coffee? Starbucks Old Fashioned Crumb
cake looks innocent enough, but that little square packs 670 calories.