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    The Most Shocking "Healthy" Foods! (And What You Should Eat Instead!) on Yahoo! Health

    You know that annoying person in your office or neighborhood who knows how to push your buttons? Well, a lot of food marketers are in the button-pushing game, as well: They’re using buzzwords to tempt you to eat what you shouldn’t. If they can make your belly override your brain, their profit margins might double (often along with the chins).

    We’re talking about “reduced fat” products that probably do have less fat--but also piles of sugar and salt to compensate for the lack of flavor--and “all-natural” products that really do come from nature, along with scoopfuls of chemical additives like something straight out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.

    And the most deceptive, dangerous word of all? “Healthy.” Because there is really no way to define it, the FDA has no way to regulate it. And just about anything can be “healthy”—or unhealthy—depending on how much you stuff into your mouth. The latest book in our bestselling series—Eat This, Not That! The Best (and Worst!) Foods in America!—rips the confusing labels off the foods you eat, and exposes the ugly truth behind some of the food industry’s most dangerous health claims. This exclusive excerpt will give you a taste of five of the most dangerous “healthy” restaurant foods, plus better ways to make your meal.



    WORST 'HEALTHY' SOUP

    P.F. Chang’s Chicken Noodle Soup
    759 calories
    24 g fat (4 g saturated)
    4,135 mg sodium
    92 g carbs

    It’s the best part about getting sick: The promise of chicken noodle soup to come. Studies have shown it works, too, but no study could have planned on the torrent of sodium that swirls around among Chang’s noodles. Experts recommend capping your daily sodium intake at 1400 milligrams, ideally, and no more than 2,400 mg. Any more than that can put you at an increased risk for heart disease, not to mention swell you up via water retention. Unfortunately all Chang’s soups suffer a similar fate. Your only choice is to swap out your bowl for a smaller cup.

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    P.F. Chang's Egg Drop Soup (cup)
    61 calories
    2 g fat (0 g fat)
    1,122 mg sodium

    WORST VEGGIE SANDWICH

    Blimpie Special Vegetarian 12”
    1,186 calories
    60 g fat (19 g saturated, 0 g trans)
    3,532 mg sodium
    131 g carbs

    Just because a meal is vegetarian doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Blimpie's off-menu sandwich (you have to “special” request it) proves the point. It contains diced vegetables resting on a bed of crumbled cornchips and held together with a wad of melted American cheese. Then the whole mess is covered in a sugar-loaded chutney. Hey, a hippo is a “special vegetarian,” too. But you wouldn’t want to see one in a bikini. (Want more? Check out this list of the worst vegetarian meals in America.)

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    Mediterranean Ciabatta
    447 calories
    8 g fat (2 g saturated)
    1,635 mg sodium

    WORST CHICKEN SALAD

    T.G.I. Friday's Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
    1360 calories
    Fat: Unknown (The company refuses to disclose the nutritional content of the food they’re serving you.)
    Sodium: Unknown (but likely through the roof)
    Friday’s monster salads are just as massive—and wreak just as much waistline havoc—as their burgers. Six out of the seven salads we analyzed topped out with more than 900 calories, which means that lunchtime can be the start of something big: your belly. Thanks in large part to the crusted chicken and the heavy-duty dressing, this one salad packs more calories than a half-dozen Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts. Aren’t salads supposed to be “diet” foods? Click here to see more examples of belt-busting leafy greens.

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    House Salad with Bacon
    280 calories

    WORST WRAP

    Applebee’s Chicken Fajita Rollup
    1,450 calories

    For some curious reason, wraps have come to be viewed as a healthy upgrade from sandwiches, as if those massive tortillas can be filled with nothing but anti-calories. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The problem with wraps is that they function as holding tanks for fluids, so hurried fry-cooks can squirt in as much sauce as they want without making it look messy. With Applebee’s rollup, the offending sauce is a “Mexi-ranch” sauce, which looks suspiciously more like ranch than anything eaten in Mexico. But here’s the final insult: This “healthy” meal is served with fries. Eat them and you tack on an 400 extra calories.

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    Garlic Herb Chicken
    370 calories


    WORST “HEALTHY” FOOD IN AMERICA

    Romano's Macaroni Grill’s Parmesan-Crusted Sole
    2,190 calories
    141 g fat (58 g saturated)
    2,980 mg sodium
    145 g carbs

    “Parmesan crusting” is a process quite similar to the one used to create mozzarella sticks and chicken strips: They’re covered with a sponge-like blanket of breadcrumbs that soaks up oil. But with Macaroni’s parmesan crust, cheese is mixed in with the breadcrumbs. So it’s essentially just another way to ruin a perfectly lean piece of fish. In fact, no parmesan-crusted item on Romano’s menu has fewer than 1,000 calories. Run away, while you still can.

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    Simple Salmon
    590 calories
    32 g fat (6 g saturated)
    1,800 mg sodium

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    people really think those things are healthy when they order them?
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    They all look delicious to me. Especially the chicken salad

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    I use to like the Applebee's Chicken Fajita rollup. Last time I got it they had done something different to it, though.

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    healthy foods: SHIT YOU MAKE YOURSELF

    stop eating out, fuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    people really think those things are healthy when they order them?
    that was my first thought too.
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    love how the alternatives are just more processed eat out crap with less salt....

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    I learned the hard way a few times about the fat free stuff. Here's a perfect example. Walmart sells packs of pudding, one box is sugar free, the other fat free. When I was doing Weight Watchers, I was stingy with my points and would always grab the fat free of stuff. WRONG. I finally looked at the info on the box, turns out, the fat free had far more calories per serving because of the sugar. The sugar free was lower in calories and had little fat in it to start with. If you went by Weight Watchers' points, the fat free was 2 and the sugar free was 1.

    I think most of it is a marketing gimmick. If you advertise something as new, healthy and better, people grab it. It's not until you really read the info on the back that you realize you've bought two jars of peanut butter that are essentially the same damn thing!
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    the sugar free isn't exactly healthy either. it might be less calories but it's also loaded with aspartame or whatever fake sugars they use, which aren't great for you either. it's ok occasionally but i've always heard that for best results with weight loss, it's best to cut out diet sodas and anything with aspartame/fake sugar.
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    That Mediterranean Ciabatta is the tastiest looking thing pictured.
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    Jeez.... 4,100 milligrams of sodium in a dish is unconscionable. They should smack PF Chang's lead chef in the face with a red-hot wok, that dumbass.

    And 141 grams of fat in the Macaroni Grill's parmesan-encrusted sole??? In this day and age? It's almost like Al Qaeda is running the restaurant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    healthy foods: SHIT YOU MAKE YOURSELF

    stop eating out, fuck.


    Yeah when I eat out I don't even think about healthy. It's a treat.

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