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Life Lessons: When good salads go bad

Published On: Jun 13 2013 05:00:00 AM EDT

Life lessons when good salads go bad

Which is better for you, a big juicy cheeseburger or a crisp fresh salad?

Researchers at say salads have taken on the so-called "health halo."

Affix "salad" to anything and suddenly it becomes a good-for-you option, but is it?


Nutritionists did some research and found lots of hidden calories that we might not see when we go out to eat.

Consider this: a McDonalds’ Big Mac weighs in at 550 calories, 29 grams of fat, and 1,000 milligrams of sodium, but this pales in comparison to these gut-busting greens!

Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad sounds healthy, but the numbers don’t add up.: Almost 1400 calories, 98 grams of fat, and 1600 milligrams of sodium.

The calories in California Pizza kitchen’s Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Salad are more than two Big Macs.

When salads looks more like tacos, things get ugly! The baja fresh shrimp tostada salad loaded with everything, including fat and sodium.

A better choice, but not a great choice: Taco Bell fiesta taco salad with beef.

At Outback, you can order an entire steak dinner for fewer calories and less fat than you’ll find in the Outback steakhouse salad.

Here’s another one to watch out for: in restaurant-speak, “crusted” is code for fried.

That’s what takes TGI Fridays’ pecan-crusted chicken salad to 1100 calories and 71 grams of fat; and the sugar-coated pecans and cranberries will not help your waistline either.