Crazy 'Xtreme Eating 2013' List Exposes Popular Restaurants for Making You Fat

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fried chickenEating healthy on the go can be tough, especially when chain restaurants specializing in double-decker, twice-baked, deep-fried deliciousness with a heaping helping of corn syrup, sugar and some more sugar on top for dessert are your only option. At least most people these days are nutritionally savvy enough to find the healthiest items on those mostly unhealthy menus, right? Um ... no.

When it comes to dining out, tremendous amounts of saturated fat, calories, sodium and sugar tend to be hidden in the places you least expect to find them: Chicken. Smoothies. Veggie pasta dishes. Here are a few of the scariest examples:

Hope you didn't get any gift cards to The Cheesecake Factory for Xmas, because it's one of the worst offenders out there. A single serving of the Crispy Chicken Costoletta has almost as many calories as a 12-piece bucket of KFC -- and more than twice the saturated fat! But the most deadly dish one can order at TCF? The Bistro Shrimp Pasta (pasta with shrimp, mushrooms, tomato and arugula) contains 3,120 calories and 89 grams of saturated fat.

But ... but I ordered something with arugula and tomato in it!! And I really wanted a burger!

Then there are those liquid calories to worry about. If you think you're being virtuous by grabbing a smoothie instead of a soda, check this out: Smoothie King’s Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie (containing peanut butter, banana, sugar and "grape juice drink")  has 1,460 calories and 22 teaspoons of sugar!

How sneaky is that sh*t?! Just goes to show you can't take anything at face value, especially if it's on the menu at The Cheesecake Factory.

What are your tricks for eating healthy while dining out?

 

 

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