3 Menu Items to Avoid

Avoid these unhealthy menu items

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Anything fried should not be part of a healthy diet.

Menu items are deceitful. They have great menu pictures — and sound even better. But think twice before ordering them. Here are three of the worst menu items to avoid.

Nachos are one of the classic American appetizers. You’ll see them on most menus, usually offered with mounds of toppings. Sure, the perfectly melted cheese, spicy jalapeños, chilled sour cream, barbecued pulled pork, and refried beans all sound great on top of fried tortillas. But beware — after all the topping are added, the fat content and calorie count skyrockets. At Qdoba you can customize your nachos, and it’ll show you the number of calories and total grams of fat. With just a few of the toppings listed above, it’s already as high as 1,040 calories and 55 grams of fat. You might as well call this a heart attack on a plate. It’s fine to have some, but to have a large portion or the whole thing is bound to become a decision you’ll later regret.

You can’t trick yourself into thinking that the onion bloom is healthy. Don’t think it’s OK to eat because it’s a vegetable. Not only is the whole thing fried, it also comes with a cream-based dipping sauce! WebMD says Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion carries more than 800 calories, 58 grams of fat, 22 grams of saturated fat, and more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium. The onion bloom is an unhealthy menu item to avoid.

Quesadillas may sound simple to make. It’s melted cheese on a tortilla that can come with dipping sauce. But the nutritional value is much more complicated. Yahoo Health said the Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla has more than 2,000 calories, 100 grams of fat, and wait for it: 3,000 milligrams of sodium. In addition, many people don’t think that the quesadilla is probably melted on the fryer with some butter.

What are some of the same side effects for all the dishes? Like a hangover, you’ll have unnecessary bloating, some stomach pains, and the worst migraine ever. So, choose healthy options and make the right menu choices — and you won’t regret it after you’re done eating. 

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