There's nothing wrong an occasional splurge at your favorite restaurant, a night out enjoying a favorite dish at a favorite restaurant. But if you're watching your cholesterol, blood pressure, or calorie and fat intake, it might be prudent to look beyond a menu item's taste and into its nutritional content.
Here are eight dishes at some popular U.S. restaurants that may be a bad choice for your heart health.
Breakfast has been called "the most important meal of the day," but if you're watching your cholesterol and sodium levels, it might be more important to skip this breakfast choice.
This French toast with a side of bacon offering from the Cheesecake Factory may be full of great taste, but it's also full of 71 g of saturated fat, 3,542 mg of sodium, 182 g of carbohydrates, and more than 2,400 calories.
Pizza has never been considered a health food, but there are healthier slices than this one.
Just one slice of Sbarro Stuffed Pepperoni pizza has 42 g of fat, 3,200 mg of sodium, and 960 calories!
Most people love a good burger, but if you're concerned at all about heart health, you might want to pass on this one.
The Applebee's Quesadilla Burger has 104 g of fat (43 g of saturated fat), 4,000 mg of sodium, and 1,420 calories. And that's without fries and a drink.
Lamb isn't a mainstay of many people's menu, and if you're choosing to enjoy this delicacy at Outback Steakhouse, this is probably a good thing.
The New Zealand Rack of Lamb at Outback has 1,300 calories in the lamb alone, along with 60 g of saturated fat. If you add the side dishes in their buttery sauces (even the vegetables), you're up to 80 g of saturated fat!
Pasta is not known as a "diet food," and this offering from California Pizza Kitchen shows just how much fat and calories can be packed into a pasta dish.
The Pesto Cream Penne has 49 g of saturated fat, 1,350 calories, and nearly 2,000 mg of sodium, and that's before you add the optional chicken or shrimp.
This dish may be a pancake lover's dream, but it may a nightmare for his or her heart!
This concoction of pancakes stuffed with cinnamon chips, spread with cream cheese, and then topped with cream sauce and whipped cream boasts 34 g of saturated fat and 1,380 calories.
Chinese food is known to be high in calories and sodium, but this offering from P. F. Chang takes this fact to a new level.
The restaurant's Crispy Honey Shrimp has 70 g of fat, 290 g of carbohydrates, and 1,890 mg of sodium. The total calories in this seafood dish? More than 2,100!
Omelettes can be a healthy choice for breakfast, but not this one!
The Colorado Omelette from IHOP has a total of 1,890 calories, 4,200 mg of sodium, 130 g of carbohydrates, and a whopping 47 g of saturated fat.