Ordering a salad at a chain restaurant often seems like the healthiest choice to dieters or nutrition-conscious custom
ers. However, many restaurant salads are actually loaded with high-fat and high-cholesterol ingredients—like processed meat, cheese, and creamy dressing.
Physicians Committee dietitians compared the nutrition data of salads from more than a dozen
restaurants against the notoriously unhealthful Big Mac. They assessed calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, looking for salads that exceeded the Big Mac in three of those five categories. Overall, they found more than 100 restaurant salads that are worse than a Big Mac.
100 Restaurant Salads That Are Worse Than a Big Mac
While cholesterol is a hot-button topic, years of research have linked dietary cholesterol with heart disease. The liver produces all of the cholesterol the body needs to function. Consuming excess cholesterol can result in a build-up of plaque within the arteries.
Fun fact: Only animal-based foods contain cholesterol; plant-based foods are naturally cholesterol free. By keeping your salad focused on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, it is easy to keep the cholesterol content down to zero!