Ever Tried Noodles & Company?

“Creamy mac & cheese spiced up with tender braised pork and our own sweet tangy barbecue sauce.” That’s how Noodles & Company describes its Barbecue Pork Mac.

The “fresh food fast” chain made the Pork Mac its “Featured Dish” earlier this year. And what a feature it is.

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The pork supplies “healthy, lean protein,” according to Noodles’ Web site. Well, something happened to that piggy on the way to market, because each regular-size bowl of Pork Mac has 1,270 calories and 29 grams (1½ days’ worth) of saturated fat plus 1,960 milligrams of sodium (more than a day’s supply). It’s about equal to two McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese plus a small order of fries.

In the mood for beef instead?

Noodles’ Steak Stroganoff is a bowl of egg noodles topped with “marinated steak, mushroom sherry cream sauce, fresh herbs, cracked pepper, sautéed mushrooms,” and parmesan cheese. A regular size will set you back 1,030 calories, 24 grams of saturated fat, and 1,620 mg of sodium.

Our advice: skip Noodles’ noodles. Instead, try a salad like the Spinach & Fresh Fruit (drop the bacon) or the Chinese Chicken Chop (axe the sprouts; raw sprouts have been implicated in 30 food poisoning outbreaks since 1996).

Both are too high in salt, but at least you’re getting some veggies instead of a big bowl of white flour, meat, cheese, etc.

Now that’s using your noodle.

Tell Noodles & Company what you think of their hefty meals: (866) 956-6635 or visit noodles.com.

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