Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

On the Menu

Magazine article Nutrition Action Healthletter

On the Menu

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Impossible Whoppers, Beyond Tacos. The new breed of beef-like veggie meats has hit restaurants big time. And-- no surprise--corporate chefs have managed to make them as unhealthy as red meat. Below we compare veggie-meat menu items to the beef or pork versions (in purple).

Take TGI Fridays. Its Beyond Meat Cheeseburger is served on a white-flour bun with enough cheddar, "Fridays sauce," and pickles to reach 890 calories plus over a day's saturated fat (24 grams) and a 1 1/2-day supply of sodium (3,350 milligrams).

Our advice: At Fridays, go "green-style"--swap the bun for lettuce to save 260 calories' worth of white flour. Or ax the cheese.

Caption: With white-flour buns, cheese, mayo, and fries, restaurant plant burgers like TGI Fridays' can top 1,000 calories.

Burgers                                      Calories   Sat Fat (g)

Burger King Impossible Whopper                   630            11
Burger King Whopper                              660            12
Cheeseburgers
TGI Fridays The Beyond Meat Cheeseburger,        630            18
green-style
TGI Fridays Cheeseburger                         780            24
TGI Fridays The Beyond Meat Cheeseburger         890            24
TGI Fridays The Beyond Meat Cheeseburger       1,210            27
with fries
The Cheesecake Factory Impossible Burger       1,460            33
with fries
Breakfast Sandwiches
Dunkin' Beyond Sausage                           470             8
Dunkin' Sausage, Egg & Cheese                    550            12
Tacos & Bowls
Qdoba Impossible Taco                            150           2. … 
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