Bagel with Cream Cheese and Fries

It is not my custom to wander into the field of nutrition but Your Secret Big Mac Habit from the DASH for Health website is worth reading. The article asks whether–

you may be unknowingly eating “Big Macs” throughout the week. A Big Mac has 550 calories, 29 grams of fat, and 1,000 milligrams of sodium. Are you eating foods that have the same calories, fat and salt?

For instance, suppose your breakfast is orange juice and a Dunkin Donuts bagel with cream cheese.

A Dunkin Donuts multigrain bagel has 330 kcal, 6g fat, and 500mg of sodium. Add their small container of cream cheese for an extra 150 calories, 15g fat, and 250mg sodium. So now we’re at 480 calories. If you add an 6-ounce glass of 100% orange juice at 80 calories , it puts you into Big Mac Land at 560 calories.

Or consider my go-to restaurant lunch item, the chicken caesar salad:

[T]he Olive Garden’s Caesar salad with grilled chicken . . . contains a whopping 610 calories, 40g fat (8 of them saturated fat), and 1230mg sodium.

I suppose there are two responses to these insights: be mindful of what you eat, or stop fooling yourself and eat Big Macs with impunity.

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