Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Say what now?

Ruh roh, Shaggy! There are some newly-published reports now making the rounds that list some of the worst foods and drinks out there, in terms of calories, fat grams and sugar content. I think it's safe to say the findings are pretty disturbing.
Take a look for yourself.

Worst Breakfast in America
Bob Evans Stacked and Stuffed Caramel Banana Pecan Hotcakes
1,543 calories
77 g fat (26 g saturated; 9 g trans)
2,259 mg sodium
198 g carbs
109 g sugars
Saturated fat equivalent: 26 strips of bacon
Sugar equivalent: 12 chocolate chip cookies
Sodium equivalent: 12 small bags of potato chips
* It’s not a good sign when it takes you nearly five seconds to spit out the name of your breakfast. This bad boy packs in more than 75 percent of your calories for the day, along with more sugar and fat than nine glazed Dunkin’ Donuts, and nearly as much sodium as five Bloody Marys.

The Worst Drink in America
Baskin-Robbins Large Heath Bar Shake
2,310 calories
108 g fat (64 g saturated)
266 g
* Let's look at America's Worst Drink in numbers...
73: The number of ingredients that go into this milkshake.
66: The number of teaspoons of sugar this drink contains.
11: The number of Heath Bars you would have to eat to equal the number of calories found in one Baskin Robbins Large Heath Bar Shake.
12: The average number of minutes it takes to consume this drink.
240: The number of minutes you'd need to spend on a treadmill, running at a moderate pace, to burn it off.

Worst Summer Cocktail
Pina Colada
625 calories
75 g sugars
* Made from a blend of sickly-sweet pineapple juice and fat-riddled coconut milk, pina coladas may be this summer's biggest beach-body saboteurs. In fact, the only redeeming part of this drink is the garnish - that lonely chunk of pineapple hanging from the rim.

I'm not sure how you're feeling, but I believe my waistline expanded just reading about these things. That's a lot of calories in one sitting. So is there a solution? For starters, don't eat or drink any of the above-mentioned items. And keep an eye on menu calorie counts.

Instead of that pina colada? Try a mojito and save up to 400 calories!

Pour 3/4 of an ounce (about half a shot) fresh lime juice into a glass. Add one packet of Splenda and four or five mint leaves. Stir until the sweetener dissolves. Add a shot of light rum and several ice cubes. Top with 2 ounces club soda and a sprig of mint.

For whatever it's worth, here are two more sucralose-sweetened, low-calorie options.

Oat Bran Pancakes (2 g fat, 21 carbs, 130 calories)

Malted Mocha Frappe (4 g fat, 33 carbs, 180 calories)

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