Thursday, February 14, 2013
1. Artery Crust. Judging by the label, Marie Callender's (16.5 oz) Chicago Pot Pie has "only" 520 calories , 11 grams of saturated fat, and 800 mg of sodium. But look again. Those numbers are for only half a pie. Eat the entire pie, as most people do, and you're talking 1,040 calories, 22 grams of saturated fat (more than a day's worth), and 1,600 mg of sodium (an entire day's worth).
2. Transgression. "Omg Cholesterol" declares the box of Parkay Margarine sticks. Does that mean Parkay stick margarine is good for your heart? Nope. It may be cholesterol-free, but each tablespoon of the spread has 1 1/2 grams of trans fat and 1 1/2 trams of saturated fat. And beware of other trans-filled sticks by Blue Bonnet, Land O Lakes, Country Crock, and Fleischmann's. Shopping tip: Look for tub margarines, instead - most have little or no trans fat.
3. Liquid Salt! An average cup of Campbell's regular Condensed Soup has 760 mg of sodium. But most people eat the whole can of soup, which contains 1,900 mg of sodium - more than most adults should consume in an entire day! Look for Campbell's Healthy Request, Progresso Reduced Sodium, and Healthy Choice soups with sodium in the 400s (still a lot if you eat the whole can). Better yet, choose reduced-sodium soups by Amy's, Imagine Foods, Pacific Natural Foods, and Tabatchnick.
4. Tortilla Terror. Interested in a Chipotle Chicken Burrito (tortilla, rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream and salsa)? Think of its 970 calories, 18 grams of saturated fat, and 2,200 mg of sodium as three 6-in Subway B.L.T. Subs! Skipping the cheese and sour cream cuts the saturated fat to 6 grams, but you still end up with 750 calories and more than a day's worth of sodium. Yikes!
5. Factory Reject. People don't expect low-calories desserts at the Cheesecake Factor. But the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake kicks things up a notch. If it weren't served on its side, this one would stand over six inches tall. And upright or not, the slab of care still weighs in at three-quarters of a pound. What do you get for all that heft? Just 1,760 calories and 2 1/2 days' worth of saturated fat (50 grams), mostly from chocolate, sugar, cream, white flour, and butter.
6. Burial Grands. No one thinks of biscuits as health food. But each Pillsbury has 170 calories and 1 1/2 grams of saturated fat, plus 3 1/2 grams of trans fat (more than a day's worth). Companies are dumping their partially hydrogenated oils left and right, yet Pillsbury still makes most of its rolls and biscuits with the stuff.
7. Triple Bypass. Can't decide what to pick from a restaurant menu? No worries. Now you can order not just one entree', but two ... or three ... all at once. Olive Garden's Tour of Italy - Homemade Lasagna, Lightly Breaded chicken Parmigiana, and Creamy Fettuccine Alfredo - comes with 1,450 calories, 33 grams of saturated fat, and 3,830 milligrams of sodium. Add a breadstick (150 calories and 400 mg of sodium) and a plate of Garden-Fresh Salad with dressing (290 calories and 1,530 mg of sodium) and you'll consume almost 2,000 calories (an entire day's worth) and 5,760 mg of sodium (4 days worth) in a single meal!
8. Starbucks on Steroids. The Starbucks Venti (20 oz) White chocolate Mocha with 2% milk and whipped cream is more than a mere cup of coffee. It's worse than a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Few people have room in their diets for the 580 calories, 14 grams of saturated fat, and 13 teaspoons of added sugar that this hefty beverage supplies. But you an lose 130 calories and more than half of the saturated fat if you order it with nonfat milk and no whipped cream.
9. Extreme Ice Cream. An average half-cup serving of Haagen-Dazs ice cream squeezes half-a-day's saturated fat and a third-of-day's cholesterol into your artery walls and makes a 300-calorie down-payment on your next set of fat cells - if you can stop at a petite half-cup\!
10. Stone Cold. Cold Stone Creamery's Oh Fudge! shake (chocolate ice cream, milk, and fudge syrup) starts at 1,060 calories for the small "Like It" (16 oz) size. That's more than a large (22 oz) McDonald's McCafe Chocolate Shake. The medium "Love It" (20 oz) has 1,360 calories and the large "Gotta Have It" (24 oz) reaches 1,600 calories (almost an entire day's worth) and 62 grams of saturated fat (3 1/2 days' worth). That's the saturated fat content of two 16-oz ribeye steaks plus a buttered baked potato, all blended in a handy 24 oz cup.
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