Join Date: Feb 2009
Total Points: 1,319,636,051,850.72
5. Worst Sliders
Applebee’s Cheeseburger Sliders with Applewood Smoked Bacon
87 g fat (75 g saturated, 3 g trans)
2,550 mg sodium
Sliders are particularly sneaky diet traps. First, despite their diminutive stature, they tend to pack as many—if not more—calories as their full-size brethren. Second, they're often listed as appetizers, which means you risk wolfing down more than a meal's worth of calories before you even set eyes on your entrée. My advice: Go with a leaner appetizer like the Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos—the only Applebee's option under 600 calories—and consider sharing with a friend.
Eat This Instead!
Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos
24 g fat (4.5 g saturated, 0 g trans)
2,150 mg sodium
4. Worst Double Cheeseburger
Denny’s Double Cheeseburger
87 g fat (41 g saturated, 2 g trans)
2,680 mg sodium
Some things are better in pairs: skis, wings, Super Bowl tickets. But burgers? Not so much. An extra patty adds little flavor and costs you big on the bathroom scale. Take this double whammy from Denny's: double patties, double cheese, double a day's saturated fat, and 2 grams of trans fat. What do all these twos add up to? Double chins. The 540-calorie Veggie Burger is the chain's only safe burger option, but if you're an unabashed carnivore, you'll appreciate the Prime Rib Skillet.
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Denny’s Prime Rib Skillet
38 g fat (12.5 g saturated)
1,460 mg sodium
3. Worst Crazy Burger Creation
Friendly’s Grilled Cheese Burger
92 g fat (35 g saturated)
2,490 mg sodium
American chains are constantly dreaming up wacky dishes designed to get your novelty neurons firing at the speed of light. Perhaps the single best example of this frankenfood effect: the Grilled Cheese Burger from Friendly's. It's a giant burger wedged between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Need I say more? If you're craving grilled cheese, order grilled cheese.
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Friendly’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich
37 g fat (14 g saturated)
1,280 mg sodium