Does seafood make you gain weight?Quite often, people order seafood at popular restaurants thinking the fish is a healthier choice over pork or beef.
But according to David Zinczenko, the author of a popular series of books called “Eat This, Not That,” several seafood diet dishes are loaded with hidden calories.
Fish dishes can be loaded with heart-healthy, brain-boosting omega-3 fats, and are high in protein, if they are broiled or poached. But deep fry those filets in batter and look out… the calorie count almost triples.
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The menu touts this mound of oily produce as a blend of field greens, pears, and candied walnuts topped with salmon and Dijon balsamic vinaigrette. Sounds about perfect, right? But like nearly all of CPK’s salads, this thing harbors a furtive load of fat. CPK doesn’t provide the total fat count, but we do know that this salad packs in 75 percent of your day’s allotment of saturated fat. That’s more than you’d get if you ordered a Baconator cheeseburger at Wendy’s.
Eat This Instead!
- Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp
- 649 calories
- 14 g saturated
- 1,338 mg sodium
Bonus Tip: We’ve also uncovered the nation’s worst chicken entrees, and you can find them all right here. (Some have more than 2500 calories and days’ worth of saturated fat!)
No. 6: Pasta
Applebee’s Grilled Shrimp Pesto Alfredo Fettuccine
Applebee’s has made it a policy to withhold nutritional numbers from its patrons, but thanks to legislation coming from progressive jurisdictions, the restaurant has been forced to cough up a few unflattering digits. That’s how we discovered this unhealthy bomb, a plate of shrimp and noodles blanketed under so much fatty Alfredo sauce that it manages to squeeze 80 percent of your day’s energy requirements onto one plate. Don’t blame the shrimp though-the curly crustaceans are actually one of the leanest forms of protein you’ll find. The key is to make sure you’re not fishing it from a sea of butter and cream.
Before it receives the Romano treatment, sole remains a nutritionally reliable standby. Red Lobster, for instance, sells an entrée that comes with a full fillet of sole with vegetable side at under 300 calories. So what’s the problem here? Oily breading, greasy rice, and a viscous butter sauce that helps give this thing as much saturated fat as seven Chocolate Frosted Cake Donuts from Dunkin Donuts. And as if that weren’t enough, the dish has 150 percent of your day’s sodium intake. (Maybe they just forgot to wash off the salt water.) To the restaurant’s credit, they’ve recently overhauled their menu, thanks to a new CEO, and now it boasts one of the healthier menus in the restaurant world.
No sandwich receives more abuse than tuna salad. For some reason, sandwich shops just don’t think you’ll eat the tuna if they don’t churn it in a bucket of mayonnaise. Or maybe they just like the fact that mayo costs less than fish. Either way, it’s your health on the line, so you have every reason to be upset. Selling a sandwich with this much fat ought to require a warning label.