In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a diet of 2,000 calories. Up to 35% of those calories should be from fat-based sources. Some people may need a little more or a little less, depending on their health, metabolism, and exercise routine.
An emphasis on good nutrition gets destroyed by a single eating or beverage choice during the day. Known as “calorie bombs” , these dishes or drinks might make you feel like a million bucks when you have them, but create havoc for your nutritional goals.
Here are some of the worst options that are available right now.
Sugar Cookie Latte from Dunkin’ Donuts
This one beverage has 35g of sugar in one beverage. It contains four artificial colors, HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), and another flavored syrup. You’ll get 230 calories and 6g of fat from the small size as well.
McCafe Mocha from McDonald’s
It may only be around $2 and give you a nice jolt of caffeine, but this coffee drink has more sugar in it than most artificially sweetened carbonated beverages. At 10 teaspoons, it even has more sugar than what the FDA recommends for an entire day and twice what the American Heart Association recommends.
Bruleed French Toast from The Cheesecake Factory
What makes this French toast so tasty is the fact that they coat the bread in custard before frying it on the skillet. The serving size seems relatively small, but this dish has over 2,700 calories and 93 grams of saturated fat. The sodium levels are also incredibly high at 2,230 milligrams.
And, for added benefit, you’ll receive 96 grams of sugar.
#4. Hook Up Platter from Joe’s Crab Shack
If you love fried food, then this menu item will make your mouth water. It has coconut shrimp, fish and chips, and hush puppies. Add tartar sauce, some creamy coleslaw, and you’ve got a mouthful of bad nutrition. It’s the salt content that takes your breath away at 5,850 milligrams. This dish contains 2,700 calories and 114g of fat, of which 35 grams are saturated fats.
The FDA’s recommended daily sodium guidelines suggest no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. That means this dish has more than twice the amount of salt you should be consuming in a single day.
Gingersnap Cookie Mocha at Caribou Coffee
This coffee drink has many fans, but it also contains a lot of saturated fat. 15 grams of it, to be precise. That’s more than the entire amount the FDA recommends (11-13 grams) for everyone in a single day. You’ll also have 420 calories and 43 grams of sugar to consume, making it a tough addition to any nutritional plan.
Prime New York Steak, Contadina Style from Maggiano’s Little Italy
To be fair, the average person would not order this dish. It’s a 16-ounce steak and includes an option that tops it with sausage, potatoes, vegetables, and lots of butter. It’s a massive meal that most people would not be able to finish – but it is available for individual order.
If you did decide to take this dish on, then you’d have 194 grams of fat coming your way. Saturated fats are one-third of the total fat content. It has 2,600 calories and 5,800 milligrams of salt as well.
Caramel MooLatte from Dairy Queen
This menu item gets marketed as a coffee drink, but it’s more of a coffee milkshake.
It has 520 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 70 grams of sugar in its small size. That’s the equivalent of sticking a teaspoon into a bag of sugar 18 times and eating it raw.