Hungry Girl: Light Foods Heavy Lies
Now here’s something interesting from a few days ago. The “Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien puts the screws to many “healthy” dining and snack options that comprise the standard American food lexicon. No surprises here, as it turns out a lot of it is still junk:
Arby's Market Fresh Santa Fe SaladWho would have thought, something at Arby’s is unhealthy? Duh! But then again, we’re a nation who considers light potato chips a wise choice. Yeah, because when I see Ruffles Light Cheddar & Sour Cream Flavored Potato Chips, I think healthy—we’re doomed!
(1 salad without dressing: 500 calories, 23g fat, 1,231mg sodium, 41g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars, 30g protein)
While we're on the subject of salads, don't let the fancy description on this fast food salad fool you. It throws around terms like "fresh" and "all-natural," but it's basically as bad as a burger. In fact, once you add in the nutritionals for the Santa Fe ranch dressing that comes served on the side, the numbers soar to 796 calories and 54 grams of fat! Yikes! That's more fat and calories than practically anything on their menu! If you've got to grab a bite at Arby's, go for their Martha's Vineyard Salad instead. That has just 276 calories and 8 grams of fat. And while none of their dressing options are really guilt-free, their Light Buttermilk Ranch is your best option (1 serving = 112 calories, 6 grams fat) -- and we recommend using just half of the more than 2-oz. serving they give you.
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