Fast Food Salads High in Fat (cont.)
One Star = Unacceptable
Wendy's Chicken BLT Salad with Homestyle Garlic Croutons and Honey Mustard Dressing: Whenever you see a "BLT salad" think "Better Leave This salad." Chicken, bacon, croutons, and a heavy dressing over this salad with too much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.
Wendy's Taco Supreme Salad with Taco Chips, Sour Cream, and Salsa: Does Supremo mean supreme amounts of fat and cholesterol? It does at Wendy's. This salad's only saving grace are the beans in the chili that smothers it. Regrettably, the chili also contains meat, which, along with the chips and sour cream, means that this salad is too high in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium to get more than one measly star.
Panera Caesar Salad: This salad contains cheese, cheese-coated croutons, and a high-fat dressing. How else could one explain a one-star rating?
Panera Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad: What do you get when you add chicken to an already fatty one-star Caesar salad? More fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Steer clear if you care about your waistline and heart.
Subway's Meatball Salad with Fat-Free Italian Dressing: With made-for-you salads available at Subway, why ruin a good thing by dropping fatty meatballs on top of them? It adds way too much of what you don't want. Stick with fresh vegetables, the rare gems of the fast-food game.
Taco Bell Taco Salad with Salsa: Whether you order it with or without the high-fat taco shell, you've still got a one-star salad. With the shell, be prepared to consume 830 calories -- the highest for any salad surveyed. To save calories, fat and cholesterol, skip the shell, substitute refried beans for the beef, and leave off fatty toppings such as cheese and sour cream.
This information has been provided with the kind permission of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) (www.pcrm.org)
Last Editorial Review: 5/19/2003
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