Exposing the Sugar in 6 Popular Chain Meals
By Brad Ter Haar
From the A Longer Life Blog Series
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Dining out is an enjoyable part of our culture. Unfortunately for our health, however, most restaurant chains serve foods extremely high in sugar content, and honestly, how many of us actually read the nutrition menu before we order something?
Below you will find six examples of popular chain restaurants, and a sample meal, with the surprising amount of added sugars exposed. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, it is recommended we consume no more than 40 grams of sugar per day, but many of the examples below contain far more than the recommended 40 grams . . .
The Meal: The country omelet, and three double blueberry pancakes with syrup.
Total Sugar: 76-77g
To Compare: The equivalent of drinking a 20oz bottle of Mountain Dew.
#2: Steak N’ Shake
The Meal: The western BBQ ’n bacon steakburger, with a side of baked beans.
Total Sugar: 53g
To Compare: More sugar than if you ate 2 serving of Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Haagen Dazs.
#3: Buffalo Wild Wings
The Meal: A basket of onion rings with the chicken tenders and popcorn shrimp.
Total Sugar: 50g
To Compare: You’re consuming as much sugar as you would by eating TWO glazed crème filled Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
#4: Pizza Hut
The Meal: Any 6” personal pan pizza, with marinara dipping sauce, and two cinnamon sticks with white icing.
Total Sugar: 42g-45g.
To Compare: About as much sugar as a 2.5oz bag of Skittles.
The Meal: A 6” Chicken Teriyaki sub, along with a side of chili.
Total Sugar: 31g
To Compare: You’re eating more sugar than if you gobbled down a Snickers bar.
#6: Panera Bread
The Meal: The Cuban chicken panini, with a side of steak chili.
Total Sugar: 23g
To Compare: Almost as much sugar as contained in 6 Oreo cookies.
Some of the most prevalent restaurant chains serve entrees that may as well be listed under the dessert section, because the sugar content is so high. Be sure to read a restaurant's nutrition menu, and look for the added sugars in their meals.