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04-18-2007, 02:07 PM
This was in today's LA Times. Here is the link so you can check your answers:,0,2323912.triviaquiz?coll=la-home-headlines

QUIZ: Test your fast food nutrition knowledge
A new Field Research Corporation poll asked Californians to identify the low calorie, low salt, high fat or high calorie menu items from a list of four choices. Of the people surveyed, 68 percent failed every question. Think you can do better?

Source: California Center for Public Health Advocacy

1. Which of the following breakfast items that are served at Denny’s do you think has the fewest calories?
A. Ham and cheddar omelet
B. Country fried steak and eggs
C. 3 slices of French toast with syrup and margarine
D. 3 pancakes with syrup and margarine

2. Which of the following items that are served at Chili’s do you think has the least salt?
A. Cajun chicken sandwich
B. Classic combo steak & chicken fajitas
C. Guiltless chicken platter
D. Smoked turkey sandwich

3. Which of the following items that are served at Romano’s Macaroni Grill do you think has the most fat?
A. Traditional lasagna
B. Chicken Caesar salad
C. Pasta classico with sausage and peppers
D. BBQ chicken pizza

4. Which of the following items that are served at McDonald’s do you think has the most calories?
A. 2 Big Macs
B. 2 Egg McMuffins
C. 1 large chocolate shake
D. 4 regular hamburgers

04-18-2007, 02:18 PM
I got 3 out of 4 right. I missed the sodium question. I guess I'm good at identifying fat and calories but not sodium :)

04-19-2007, 10:40 AM
I can't believe the chocolate shake! YIKES!

04-19-2007, 10:44 AM
Oh I knew about it because I looked it up before. I believe the shakes at McDonald's have over 1000 calories. Don't know how you can fit that many calories into a shake but I guess you can.

04-19-2007, 10:47 AM
Wow, I only got one right. The fat one. I can't believe the shake has the most calories! That really surprised me.

04-19-2007, 02:16 PM
It does seem as though a chief part of the mission of McDonald's is cramming as many calories as possible into each and every food item. I don't quite understand it.

I learned the hard way about the shakes several weeks ago. It was one of the first days of spring-like weather here, and I was taking my dog for a hike around the lake. I thought I'd stop and buy myself a little treat--a small chocolate shake--on the way. When I got home and went to log the calories into Nutridiary, I learned that the small shake has 440 calories! It completely blew my calorie budget the day, that tiny little shake did....I could have eaten *fries* for that number of calories.

04-19-2007, 11:47 PM
Man! I got every single one wrong! Go figure... ;)

04-20-2007, 12:00 AM
The only question I got right was the shake one. There is a literal ton of ice cream in a shake (seriously, like 2 cups or more of full fat ice cream go into a shake plus milk). Think about how many calories are in just half a cup of full fat ice cream and you know why the shake has so many calories. So I knew that one.

But I guess it's a good thing I don't eat out much, because I didn't do so well on the other questions.