The 9 Highest-Calorie Meals at Chain Restaurants

Wow– Not the healthiest choices to start with but the numbers surprised me!

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So you’re headed out to a chain restaurant and want to pick the healthiest one. Red Lobster should be good, right? Seafood’s low in calories, high in protein, and full of good-for-you omega-three fatty-acids, right?

Think again.

While seafood can indeed boast all those nutritional perks, Red Lobster itself just had the dubious honor of being the “winner” of the 2015 Xtreme Eating Awards, held yearly by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to highlight the chain restaurant menu items with the highest calorie, saturated and trans fat, sodium, and added sugar counts. Head to the Lobster for a Create Your Own Combination meal—with a Traditional Lobsterita to drink, natch—and you could down 3,600 cals in one sitting. That’s over a third more than the 2,000 calories the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the average woman eat per day.


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