Eating an entire stick of deep-fried butter is obviously not the healthiest meal option, even though it is the unofficial dish of the state of Texas. When you eat at chain restaurants, selecting the healthy meal choice might not be as obvious as avoiding the deep-fried butter. That's why we've put together a handy list to consult when you go out to eat.
We spoke to Kim Larson and Ruth Frechman, registered dietitians at The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, to figure out what to avoid ordering at a number of chains. We're pointing out potential red flags on menus you probably see all the time, from Wendy's to Outback Steakhouse. Here are the unhealthiest dishes at every chain.
DoubleDilla (steak with chips and salsa)
Key nutritional info: 850 calories, 41g total fat, 50g protein, 2,020mg sodium
You might have heard that eating a ton of protein is good for you. It is! But moderation is key. "The DoubleDilla contains an excessive amount of calories from protein," Frechman says. "Twenty to 30g of protein in a meal is plenty." And this quesadilla with chicken, jalapeño sauce, and three cheeses has nearly double the amount!