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Five Worst Cinco de Mayo Foods: Baja Fresh Tops List

unhealthy mexican foodAs revelers celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, they should think twice when ordering at Mexican fast-food restaurants. With more than 2,100 calories and more fat and sodium than most people should eat in a day, the Charbroiled Steak Nachos at Baja Fresh tops a list of five foods to avoid. Other offenders in the report from dietitians at the Cancer Project, a PCRM affiliate, include items at Chevys and Chili’s.

“These foods are loaded with artery-clogging levels of cholesterol and fat,” said Joseph Gonzales, a Cancer Project dietitian. “Cinco de Mayo is a good time to honor Mexico’s vibrant and healthful cuisine, but there is nothing to celebrate about fast food that can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and some types of cancer.”

The worst foods to eat at Mexican restaurants are:

Rank

Worst Mexican Items

Restaurant

Worst

Charbroiled Steak Nachos

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill

2nd worst

Grilled Fajita Salad

Chevys Fresh Mex

3rd worst

Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers

Chili’s

4th worst

Pulled Pork Burrito

Qdoba Mexican Grill

5th worst

Ground Beef Burrito

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Consumers looking for more healthful Mexican foods have alternatives. For instance, replacing the Charbroiled Steak Nachos at Chevys with a Fat Sam Fajita at Moe’s can save 1,500 calories and bring the cholesterol count down to zero. Chevys’ customers who trade a Grilled Fajita Salad for the Bean and Rice Burrito would save 1,000 calories and reduce the amount of saturated fat consumed from 118 grams to just 11 grams.

About one in three Americans is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is tied to increased risk of several types of cancer, including breast cancer and colon cancer.

Read the full report at CancerProject.org.



 

PCRM Online, May 2010

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