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10 Most Fattening Foods in American Restaurants

In the past decade, fast food restaurants and other eating establishments have done their part in trying to make their menu items healthier, or at least provide more options for healthier foods. But there still remain plenty of food items that are loaded in unhealthy fats, sodium and unnecessary hidden calories. Here’s a list of the fattiest foods currently circulating our favorite restaurants and other businesses.

1. Outback Steakhouse, Bloomin Onion with Bloom Sauce

  • 2,097 calories
  • 176.5 grams of fat
  • 50.9 grams of saturated fat
  • 3.9 grams of trans fat
  • 4,357 mg of sodium
  • This is about 8.5 slices of Domino’s Brooklyn-Style Buffalo Chicken Pizza!

2. Individual Size Deep Dish Chicago Classic Pizza

  • 2,300 calories
  • 164 grams of fat
  • 53 grams of saturated fat
  • 1 gram of trans fat
  • 4,910 mg of sodium
  • That’s the same as 4.5 Whoppers from Burger King

3. Outback Steakhouse, Plain Wings

  • 1,919 calories
  • 155.2 grams of fat
  • 53.1 grams of saturated fat
  • 3.5 grams of trans fat
  • 4,507 mg of sodium
  • You’re pretty much eating 13 regular sized Snickers bars in this one meal.

4. On the Border, Dos XX Fish Tacos

  • 2,240 calories
  • 155 grams of fat
  • 32 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 grams of trans fat
  • 3,980 mg of sodium

5. Houlihan’s, Wings & Things Appetizer Combo

  • 2,333 calories
  • 146 grams of fat
  • 51 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 trans fat
  • 4,236 mg of sodium

6. On the Border, Firecracker Stuffed Jalapenos with Salsa Ranch 

  • 1,900 calories
  • 138 grams of fat
  • 35 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 grams of trans fat
  • 5,760 mg of sodium
  • This is the equivalent of 15 scoops of Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream!

7. Chili’s Grill & Bar, Bacon Ranch Beef Quesadilla

  • 1,800 calories
  • 135 grams of fat
  • 46 grams of saturated fat
  • 0.5 grams of trans fat
  • 3,990 mg of sodium
  • This can be the equivalent of 54 Kraft American Cheese slices.

8. Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Deep Dish Mac & Cheese

  • 1,980 calories
  • 134 grams of fat
  • 71 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 grams of trans fat
  • 3,100 mg of sodium
  • This adds up to more than 28 thick-cut slices of bacon.

9. Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae

  • 2,700 calories
  • 130 grams of fat
  • 76 grams of saturated fat
  • 0 grams of trans fat
  • 1,820 mg of sodium

10. Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Calamari with Spicy Italian Peppers and Lemon Butter

  • 1,506 calories
  • 126 grams of fat
  • 53 grams of saturated fat
  • 8 grams of trans fat
  • 2,130 mg of sodium
  • This is the equivalent of 15 McDonald’s hamburgers!

Information gathered from Yahoo News.

Are Hospitals Unhealthy for Patients?

With at least one fast food restaurant on every street corner these days, it’s no wonder America is the most overweight and obese country in the world. Burgers, fries and all things fried are the leading reason why our nation has an unhealthy weight problem. So why is it that these fast food businesses are even allowed in the healthiest places of all – hospitals?

Currently, 18 hospitals in America have contracts with McDonald’s, which serves food to guests, sick patients and doctors. Other fast food chains like Chick-Fil-A and Wendy’s are also partnering up with hospital food courts.

Now, the medical profession is fighting back.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., has been doing a series of hospital food reports to analyze just how dire the situation is. In their fifth and most recently published installment, experts surveyed more than 200 hospitals around the nation. Most of the hospitals with fast food chains are located in the South, where, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics, obesity rates are disproportionately high.

It gets worse when certain contracts allow for an increase in hospital revenue when fast food sales increase.

In one example, the McDonald’s inside Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston “can terminate its lease if yearly gross sales of Big Macs and other junk foods do not reach $1 million,” the committee’s report states. “Moreover, the monthly rent McDonald’s pays to the hospital increases based on food sales.” This the hospitals unhealthy secret.

But, as the report states, there is hope, and conditions have been improving. Since the committee started issuing its food reports, two hospitals mentioned have removed the junk food: McDonald’s closed at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital no longer carries Dairy Queen products. Several other fast-food restaurants have also recently closed in hospitals around the country.

The committee also mentions that more and more hospitals have been adding fresh fruits and vegetables to their cafeterias. But PCRM’s president, Neal Barnard, wants to take it one step further: “Just as cigarettes are banned from hospitals, why not do the same for meat, cheese, and other junk foods?”

Information gathered from Yahoo News.