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Restaurant Dishes That Aren't As Healthy As They Sound

If you're looking for healthy choices, think twice before you order these common menu items.

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Menu Mistakes

Navigating restaurant menus in search of healthy options can be harder than you might realize. Dishes may include healthy ingredients, but can easily mislead you into ordering more calories than you'd think. Learn how to identify these calorie bombs for the next time you go out to eat.

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Soup of the Day

Soup seems like a sensible way to start a meal, or a safe accompaniment to a light lunch. But the fatty truth is that chowders and other creamy soup can pack a lot of calories. A bowl of New England Chowder at TGI Friday's stacks up to 500 calories, 30 grams of fat and 65 percent of the daily recommended amount of sodium. Dunk in a bunch of bread and crackers and you’ll only add to the calorie overload.

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Crunchy Sushi Roll

A tightly packed cylinder of rice, seaweed, seafood and vegetables can certainly make for a figure-friendly meal. But sushi rolls dubbed "crunchy" or "tempura" contain deep-fried ingredients that wrap a ton of extra calories into your roll. A shrimp tempura roll tips the scales at nearly 500 calories. In addition, be on the lookout for creamy, mayo-based sauces that are also high in calories and fat.

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Think there’s no need to check menus at your favorite breakfast joint? Think again! A stack of 3 plain buttermilk pancakes at IHOP contains 430 calories, 17 grams of fat and a shocking 1390 milligrams of sodium... and that’s before you slather on the butter and syrup.

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