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Worst Restaurant Foods: Super Bowl Losers and Valentine’s Heartbreakers

PCRM released two new “five worst” nutrition reports last month. They highlighted Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day meals loaded with saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol.

Super Bowl Sunday is America’s second-biggest food consumption day of the year. The Five Amazingly Unhealthy Super Bowl Fast Foods report let fans know just how unhealthful some of Super Bowl party foods actually are:

Shocking Nutrition Facts about Five Unhealthy Super Bowl Foods
Food Source Nutrition Shocker
Large Classic Italian Sub Quiznos 3,550 milligrams of sodium—more than the amount in 13 single-serving bags of potato chips.
Crispy Bone-In Garlic Parmesan Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce Pizza Hut Just two wings with sauce have one and a half times the fat of a Big Mac.
The Meats Pizza for One Papa John’s More calories than six Twinkies.
Volcano Nachos Taco Bell More fat than half a stick of butter.
New England Clam Chowder Panera One serving contains more saturated fat than an entire package of bacon.

In the Five Heartbreaking Valentine’s Day Foods report, PCRM dietitians highlight five foods from national restaurant chains to avoid on Valentine’s Day. About 70 million Americans dine out on Valentine’s Day. But many diners are not aware of the shockingly high levels of fat and sodium in many popular items:

Shocking Nutrition Facts about Valentine’s Day Foods
Food Nutrition Shocker
Blue Ribbon Brownie at Applebee’s More calories than 8 Twinkies.
Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta at Olive Garden Almost as much sodium as most people should eat in an entire day.
Maine Lobster with Stuffing at Red Lobster This one-and-a-quarter pound lobster contains nearly double the cholesterol a person should eat in an entire day.
Porterhouse Steak at Outback Steakhouse More saturated fat than 29 pieces of pan-fried bacon.
Fresh Strawberry Original Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory One slice has more calories than five cans of Coke.

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PCRM Online,
March 2012



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