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Muy Yum!: Side Dish Edition

July 6, 2011
No Matter How You Pronounce It, EAT-THIS Doesn't Want You To Indulge

No Matter How You Pronounce It, Eat This Doesn't Want You To Indulge

This week’s “Eat This, Not That” focuses on “Top 10 Terrible Side Dishes” and, while they all look disgustingly delicious, the nutrition (or lack thereof) content of these SIDE (ie not even main course) dishes are appalling.

Some of the worst offenders are the loaded fries:

Dairy Queen Chili Cheese Fries
1,020 calories
71 g fat (28 g saturated; 0.5 g trans)
2,360 mg sodium

What on earth! And the absolute WORST SIDE DISH IN AMERICA (and that’s saying a lot) goes to:

Five Guys Fries (Large)
1,474 calories
71 g fat (14 g saturated)
213 mg sodium

If you ate one large order of these things every week for a year, you would take in more than 8 pounds of pure fat, all of it straight out of Five Guys’ deep fryer. What makes these fries so monumentally unhealthy? The portion—one order clocks in at a staggering 1.25 pounds. (And that doesn’t include the extra fries they throw in the bag!) Your best bet is to downsize to a “regular” size and split them with a friend, or order the large and split it with five guys.

Ughhh. It is absolutely astounding what these companies will have us putting in our bodies. I’m seriously glad the nutrition facts about these are public knowledge now. I don’t eat at any of the featured locales but the alternative healthy suggestions (such as Garlic Dill New Potatoes and Fresh Grilled Green Beans) sound delicious and nutritious. Sadly, though I will admit that my mouth watered at the sight of the above loaded baked potato…a girl can dream can’t she? But dreaming is all I shall do.

(Image courtesy of Andthefatladysings, an ultra-inspiring blog with the mission of “Today I reclaim my body, my life.  Journey with me through the trials, tribulations and victories of weight loss.” Fabulous! Be sure to check it out.)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2011 9:48 pm

    Wow, those fries are appalling! I have no idea what a “five guys” restaurant is but I’m glad we don’t have them here!

  2. July 11, 2011 1:13 am

    Hey, thanks so much! I love your blog, very inspiring.

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