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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.

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

Over the past few years, fats have become a hot topic. Which ones are good and which are bad? Many people try to avoid fat completely, but not matter how hard you try it may be difficult to avoid. All food in some way has a little bit of fat contained in them. Here is a breakdown of the types of fats to look for, and which are beneficial to eat.

  • Total fat: Total fat means the percentage of fat in your daily diet. It is a fat that you eat that can impact your health. Our bodies naturally need fat as part of our diet. Depending on the type of fat (saturated or unsaturated), some may be helpful, others bad for you. The key is knowing the difference on how to identify the two.

THE GOOD FATS

  • Unsaturated fats: Unsaturated fats include polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. Both mono- and polyunsaturated fats, when eaten in moderation and used to replace saturated or trans fats, have a protective effect on your health and can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Monounsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature but solidify if refrigerated. These heart-healthy fats are typically a good source of the antioxidant vitamin E, a nutrient often lacking in American diets. An added bonus to monounsaturated fats is that they promote the loss of belly fat.
    • Foods that have monounsaturated fats:
      • Olive oil
      • Sunflower oil
      • Peanut oil
      • Dark chocolate
      • Avocados
      • Olives
      • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
      • Peanut butter
  • Omega-3s There are three different typesofOmega-3s:ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).Though your body can turn ALA into the two other typesofOmega-3s, it’s somewhat difficult; therefore, it’s recommended that you consume the second two types. The American Heart Association recommends eating 2 servings of fatty fish each week. It is best togetomega-3s from food rather than supplements.
    • Foods thatcontainOmega-3s:
      • salmon
      • halibut
      • tuna
      • yogurt
      • pumpkin seeds
      • walnuts
      • spinach

THE BAD FATS

  • Trans fat: This fat comes from mostly processed foods and should be avoided completely. Artificial trans fat can raise cholesterol levels, clog arteries, and increase the risk for heart disease. Main sources of trans fats are fried foods, baked goods, cookies,icings, crackers, packaged snack foods, microwave popcorn, and some margarines. Consuming even small amounts of artificial trans fats can increase LDL “bad” cholesterol and decrease HDL “good” cholesterol. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting trans fat to less than 2 grams per day.
    • Foods that contain trans fat (avoid avoid avoid):
      • hydrogenated oils- used in frying
      • pie and pie crust
      • margarine
      • cake mixes and frosting
      • ground beef
      • meat sticks and commercial jerky
      • refrigerator cookie dough
  • Saturated fat: These are fats that are typically liquid at room temperature. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats to 10% or less of your total calories, while the American Heart Association recommends keeping them to just 7% of total calories. You can’t eliminate these entirely from your diet because they do serve a purpose in your body, but you want to make sure that your intake is minimal.
    • foods that contain saturated fat:
      • cream
      • beef
      • cheese
      • pork
      • processed meats
      • chicken skin
      • coconut
      • palm oil

It is important to remember not to focus on just fat alone if you’re trying to lose weight or get healthy. It’s also important to remember that we need fat for health, which can be found in both animal fat and plant fat.