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NEWS RELEASE March 1, 2004

Doctors Rank Ten Worst New Low-Carb Entrées

Chicken-Smothered Salads and Bunless Burgers Top the List with Excessive Calories and Artery-Clogging Fat

WASHINGTON—In a new report, nutrition professionals with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have analyzed low-carb entrées from ten restaurant chains, finding that even items marketed as “smart eating” contain an excess of calories and dangerous amounts of fat. The ten most unhealthful entrées are ranked in order of worst to least bad. Ruby Tuesday’s Spring Chicken Salad tops the list with 1,161 waist-expanding calories and 98 grams of fat. Subway’s Atkins-friendly Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap, which derives more than half of its calories from fat, is number ten on the list. See chart below for the complete list of rankings.

“With the introduction of these fat-laden, high-calorie menu items, carbophobia is clearly overtaking common sense,” says Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., nutrition director for PCRM. “A recent study shows that even one fatty meal can increase your risk of a cardiovascular event in the period immediately following the meal. A low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates is by far the safest and simplest approach to weight loss and long-term good health.”

The Worst New Low-Carb Entrées

Rank

Worst Low-Carb Entrées

Restaurant

1

Spring Chicken Salad

Ruby Tuesday

2

Double Whopper with Cheese (no bun, ketchup, or mayo)

Burger King

3

Beef Fajita Caesar Salad

Chili’s

4

Black Angus Sirloin Low-Carb Fajita

Don Pablo’s

5

Double-Double Burger Protein-Style

In-N-Out Burger

6

1/3 Pound Low-Carb Thickburger

Hardee’s

7

Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad w/ Extra Chicken and Ranch Dressing

McDonald’s

8

Steak Picado

Baja Fresh

9

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Blimpie

10

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap

Subway

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey
202-527-7316
jeannem@pcrm.org

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