(WXYZ) – When dining out, you need to be aware of the calories you could be consuming.
The nutrition advocacy group called the Center for Science in the Public Interest released it’s Xtreme Eating Award recipients. The list contains restaurant dishes and drinks that are seriously high in calories, salt, added sugar, saturated fat and cholesterol.
The least healthy dish was the Pasta Napoletana at The Cheesecake Factory.
Meat lover pizza toppings are added to a bowl of noodles, and eating the entire dish would give you over 2300 calories, 79 grams of saturated fat and roughly 4,000 milligrams of sodium.
Others extreme meals close to 2,000 calories include IHOP’s Cheeseburger Omelette with pancakes, butter and syrup; and the Cheese Curd Bacon Burger at Buffalo Wild Wings.
A lot of meals at restaurants are high in calories, it can be challenging to make healthy choices.
The food proportions have grown in size over the years and this increases your calorie intake. Typical restaurant dishes eaten often can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It’s important to make informed choices so here are my prescriptions for dining out:
1. Eat till your two-thirds full. Don’t keep eating because the plate is overfilled with food. It’s not about “getting your money’s worth”.
2. When ordering, choose foods that are steamed, broiled, baked, roasted or grilled. They are typically healthier than anything fried.
3. Salads and vegetables are great additions to most meals and can fill you up. Ask for double the amount of veggies since most servings are small.
4. Consider sharing large plates of food or be mentally prepared to take leftovers home with you.
The extreme dishes listed are quite high, how many calories should we be eating in a day?
Women can consume between 1,600 and 2,400 calories a day. Men should stick between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day. You can easily consume this amount when dining out. So be calorie conscious and learn to eat mindfully so you’re more aware of how much you eat.
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