Seeing as how it's Memorial Day weekend - and swimsuit season is rapidly approaching (or in some cases, already here!) - you might want to avoid these foods and beverages.
Men's Health recently came out with a list of the "20 worst drinks" in America. At the same time, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has given out its "Xtreme Eating Awards" for 2010, choosing the nine most fatty and high-calorie meals from chain restaurants. In the words of Joey Lawrence...woah!
Here are a few of the highlights from the two lists:
* The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Carbonara with Chicken (2,500 calories, 85g saturated fat)
* P.F. Chang's Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo (1,820 calories, 7,690mg sodium)
* California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Grilled Steak (1,680 calories, 32g saturated fat)
* Chevys' Crab and Shrimp Quesadilla (1,790 calories, 63g saturated fat)
* Outback Steakhouse New Zealand Rack of Lamb with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables (1,820 calories 80g saturated fat)
* Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream - 20 fl oz (660 calories, 15g saturated fat)
* Dairy Queen Caramel MooLatte - 24 fl oz (870 calories, 19g saturated fat)
* Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Soda - 28.6 fl oz (960 calories, 25g saturated fat)
* Cold Stone PB&C - 24 fl oz (2,010 calories, 68g saturated fat)
Can you believe that? To put just one of the meals/beverages into perspective, the Cold Stone PB&C has the sugar equivalent of 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies. And in terms of saturated fat, it equals about 68 strips of bacon. And we wonder why there's an obesity epidemic in this country!
So pretty please, folks, use some common sense when eating and drinking, especially if you're trying to lose or maintain weight. After all, to exceed all of your calories for the day in a single sitting is pretty ridiculous. On a different note, have a wonderful - and safe - holiday weekend!