Unhealthiest Dine-In Chain In America
The Cheesecake Factory felt intuitively like the least nutritious option out there. The sheer portion sizes seemed overly indulgent. Goodson confirmed my suspicion but said that ultimately
It is possible to get a healthier meal at The Cheesecake Factory. The chain's Skinnylicious menu—with entrees like Grilled Turkey Burger, Grilled Salmon, and Grilled Steak Medallions
"All the dishes on the Skinnylicious Menu are less than 600 calories," says Goodson, adding that ordering from this section would definitely be her pick.
Like The Cheesecake Factory, their portions are large—and often pack even more calories than you'd expect. A medium order of traditional wings tracks at 1,010 calories, without the sauce.
As Goodson pointed out, if you add in the bleu cheese or ranch dressing the wings come with, you're looking at another 300-ish calories on top of that. And who eats wings without sauce?
The chain's burgers and chicken sandwiches are also mostly indulgent and loaded, and usually higher in calories than comparable fast-food burger and sandwich options.
Another problem is the salt—some orders clock in at over 3,000 milligrams of sodium, which is 700 milligrams more than you should be eating the whole day if you want a healthy cardiovascular system.
"If you are looking to make a better-for-you, lower-calorie choice at Buffalo Wild Wings, your options are limited," says Goodson.
It's not impossible to eat decently at the wing chain, though. Goodson recommends trying a grilled chicken wrap, the Grilled Chicken Buffalitos
"The Dietitian's pick would be Naked Tenders with a side salad, the snack size of wings, if you need the wings, with a side salad, or the Chicken Buffalitos,"
she says. "The key at this restaurant is, in addition to your meal choice, to watch out for the sauces, dips, and rubs, as they 'unhealthify' your food real quick!"
NEVER EAT THESE FOODS IN THE MORNING