Unhealthiest Dine In Chain In America

The Cheesecake Factory felt intuitively like the least nutritious option out there. The sheer portion sizes seemed overly indulgent. Goodson confirmed my suspicion but said that ultimately

It is possible to get a healthier meal at The Cheesecake Factory. The chain's Skinnylicious menu—with entrees like Grilled Turkey Burger, Grilled Salmon, and Grilled Steak Medallions

"All the dishes on the Skinnylicious Menu are less than 600 calories," says Goodson, adding that ordering from this section would definitely be her pick.

Like The Cheesecake Factory, their portions are large—and often pack even more calories than you'd expect. A medium order of traditional wings tracks at 1,010 calories, without the sauce.

As Goodson pointed out, if you add in the bleu cheese or ranch dressing the wings come with, you're looking at another 300-ish calories on top of that. And who eats wings without sauce?

The chain's burgers and chicken sandwiches are also mostly indulgent and loaded, and usually higher in calories than comparable fast-food burger and sandwich options.

Another problem is the salt—some orders clock in at over 3,000 milligrams of sodium, which is 700 milligrams more than you should be eating the whole day if you want a healthy cardiovascular system.

"If you are looking to make a better-for-you, lower-calorie choice at Buffalo Wild Wings, your options are limited," says Goodson.

It's not impossible to eat decently at the wing chain, though. Goodson recommends trying a grilled chicken wrap, the Grilled Chicken Buffalitos

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