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Exposing the Calorie Count of Sushi, Salads and Other Allegedly Healthy Meal Options

By (view all posts by SavingsIQ)
at 9:56AM Monday June 6, 2011
under Loose Change

How many of you go into a sushi restaurant and order a bunch of rolls thinking it's low in calories since it's supposedly good for you? Yes...I'll admit, I was one of those people until my friend mentioned that spicy tuna rolls are chock full of calories due to the large amounts of mayo contained inside the them. Now, I stick to sashimi and simple sushi.

Read on to see the breakdown of other "healthy" foods and the calories they are harboring.
Sushi Rolls: These are popular with children and adults but you might not want to indulge after reading about the nutritional info. A spicy tuna roll contains 290 calories and 11 grams of fat. Shrimp tempura roll comes in at a whopping 508 calories and 21 grams of fat! WHOA. 32 more calories and you might as well be eating a Big Mac. Instead of sushi rolls, opt for nigri sushi which still come with rice so you won't feel hungry eating only pieces of fish. Salmon sushi has 56 calories and yellowtail contains only 51. You can usually get full off six pieces of sushi which still leaves room for dessert.

Shakes: I'm not big on milkshakes, but the ones at In-N-Out are amazingly delicious. And for around $2 each, pretty affordable too. Guess how many calories are in their shakes? 690. Yep, you read that correctly. 690!! The fat content varies by flavor, with chocolate coming in at 36 grams, vanilla at 37 and strawberry at 33 grams. Well, next time I go there, I'm getting a Double Double which only has 670 calories and 40 grams of fat. Might as well splurge. Pssh...and all this time I thought the shake was a good idea.

Salads: Misconceptions abound with this one. People usually order salads when they eat out because it contains vegetables and is good for you. But, they are forgetting one big thing. The dressing. Two tablespoons of ranch dressing contains 148 calories and 15 grams of fat. Balsamic vinaigrette on the other hand contains 90 calories and 8 grams of fat. Which would you choose? Let's look at the Baja salad from Wendy's. This Garden Sensation salad comes with iceberg, romaine and spring mix, pico de gallo, Wendy's chili, guacamole, cheddar and pepper Jack cheese. 730 calories and 47 grams of fat. Hmm...upon further inspection, one would think this salad isn't really a salad. You're better off ordering a quarter pound hamburger with 550 calories and 28 grams of fat. It's probably tastier anyway.

Fish Sandwiches: Who here loves fish sandwiches? I used to be a fan of Filet-O-Fish at McDonald's until I found out it has more calories and fat than a hamburger. The fish misconception strikes again. Just because it contains fish doesn't mean it's better for you. Filet-O-Fish is fried which is why it has 380 calories and 18 grams of fat. If you're counting calories, opt for the cheeseburger which has 300 calories and 12 grams of fat. They should rename it Filet-O-Fat. Tricky tricky.

Apple Pie: We think it's semi-healthy because anything with apples must be good right? Nope. There are 411 calories and 19 grams of fat in one slice of apple pie. I'm not including the whipped cream. Blame it on the butter and sugar used to make the pie. It's okay, you can opt for a cup of vanilla ice cream which has 290 calories and 15 grams of fat. Sometimes, ice cream really is the best.

I didn't write this blog post to encourage people to eat hamburgers and ice cream, but to point out that some healthier options may actually be quite deceiving.

What other seemingly healthy foods are bad for you?