Some of the Top 5 Unhealthiest Italian Foods may surprise you because they may sound healthy but they will pack pounds on your frame faster than you can say, “That’s Italiano!”
When you are eating out on a diet, you need to be careful at Italian restaurants. Here are the top five unhealthiest Italian foods and what makes them so fattening albeit delicious:
No. 1 Unhealthiest Italian Food: Eggplant Parmigiana: Eggplant is not actually a vegetable but a fruit that tends to soak up a lot of fat when it is fried. Eggplant is typically dipped in egg, smothered with breadcrumbs and then deep fried before being topped with red sauce and cheese.
To demonstrate how it can be one of the unhealthiest Italian foods, look at these Italian restaurant menus:
The eggplant parmigiana at Romano’s Macaroni Grill contains 820 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat as well as 67 grams of carbs and 1,550 mg of sodium
The eggplant parmigiana at The Olive Garden contains 850 calories, 10 grams of saturated fat, 1,900 mg of sodium and 98 grams of carbs.
No. 2 Unhealthiest Italian Food: Italian Sausage Pizza. Pizza may contain the “four food groups,” but it’s a stretch to call it healthy, especially when topped with greasy Italian sausage.
To prove the point of why Italian Sausage Pizza is one of the unhealthiest Italian foods, consider these Italian restaurant menus:
The Neapolitan Italian Sausage Pizza from Romano’s Macaroni Grill contains 970 calories, 18 grams of saturated fat and 95 grams of carbs as well as 2,430 mg. of sodium
At the Olive Garden, you can create your own pizza. The pizza starts with cheese and sauce only at 910 calories, 12 grams of saturated fat and 2,970 mg of sodium and 129 grams of carbohydrate. Add Italian sausage for another 130 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat, 360 mg of sodium and 1 gram of carbohydrate.
No. 3 Unhealthiest Italian Food: Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. Alfredo sauce is typically made with lots of real butter and cream.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken contains 910 calories, 28 grams of saturated fat, 71 grams of carbs and 1,490 mg of sodium
The Fettuccine Alfredo at The Olive Garden, without chicken, has 1,220 calories, 47 grams of saturated fat, 1,350 mg of sodium and 99 grams of carbohydrates.
No. 4 Unhealthiest Italian Food: Pork Milanese. Pork Milanese is typically pan seared pork that has been dredged with Italian breadcrumbs. When served with asiago cheese-filled tortelloni pasta in a garlic butter sauce, the calories add up fast. Some recipes call for it to be served with lemon butter caper sauce.
The Pork Milanese at The Olive Garden has 1,510 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat, 3,100 mg of sodium and 118 grams of carbohydrates.
No. 5 Unhealthiest Italian Food: Zeppoli desert with chocolate sauce. Zeppoli or Zeppole is an Italian doughnut-like pastry. Italians often celebrate St. Joseph’s Day for the patron saint of Sicily by eating Zeppole. The dessert is usually fried and contains pastry cream or sweetened ricotta.
Zeppoli at the Olive Garden starts with 920 calories, 35 total fat grams and 131 grams of carbohydrate. Add chocolate sauce for another 210 calories, and 44 additional grams of carbohydrates. The Olive Garden Zeppoli is dusted with powdered sugar.
Although a moderate fat diet may help some people lose weight, these five unhealthy Italian foods are high in fat, especially saturated fat. Avoid these top five unhealthy Italian foods or save them for a monthly cheat meal to minimize the damage!
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