This Week in Nutrition: Best of Vegetarian Diets, Plus Worst of the Worst in Fast Food

Photo: Times Union

Photo: Times Union

It can be challenging to maintain a good diet when you’re eating out, which is why it helps to know the foods to avoid. Any of the dishes mentioned in CNN’s “Xtreme Eating” list, for example, would fall into that category. We’d take the tip of a weight-loss surgeon and head to Chipotle first. Here are some other health-conscious stories worth checking out this week:

  • Daily Breeze: If going on an all-organic diet is not financially feasible, figure out what makes the most sense to buy using a few key cost-saving strategies.
  • US News & World Report: All vegetarian diets are not created equal. The newspaper breaks down at least 11 you can choose from, including Mediterranean and Ornish.
  • Time: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released survey results from hospitals across the country revealing that, from 2007 to 2011, “the number of emergency room visits involving the neon-labeled beverages shot up from about 10,000 to more than 20,000.”
  • Business Insider: A bariatric surgeon names Chipotle as your best bet for fast food, given a number of healthy options like brown rice, grilled vegetables, and vegetarian black beans.
  • CNN: The Center for Science in the Public Interest released its “Xtreme Eating” list of calorie offenders, which one CSPI nutritionist calls the “worst of the worst” (with regards to how unhealthy the dishes are) in the six years of the list’s history. Among the finalists, Johnny Rockets’ bacon cheddar double burger with sweet potato fries and a Big Apple shake packs in 3,500 calories, 88 grams of saturated fat, and 3,720 milligrams of sodium.
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