This Applebee’s Turkey Sandwich is Definitely on our “What Not to Eat” List

UPDATE: Since we published this story in the June 2012 edition of Nutrition Action Healthletter, this item has been removed from the Applebee’s menu.

Shaved turkey breast served warm on toasted 9-grain bread with melted cheddar cheese, basil pesto mayo and Applewood smoked bacon.” That’s how Applebee’s describes its new Fried Green Tomato & Turkey Club sandwich. “Slices of southern-fried green tomatoes give it an extra crunch,” adds the chain.

Hmmm. The fried tomatoes and the bacon might give you pause. But turkey breast, 9-grain bread, and basil sure sound like less of a splurge than, say, Applebee’s Reuben sandwich or its Roast Beef, Bacon & Mushroom Melt. Wrong.

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The Turkey Club sandwiches 1,210 calories and 19 grams (a day’s worth) of saturated fat between the existing fat globules in your belly and arteries. The Reuben and Roast Beef have “only” 930 or 960 calories and 17 or 18 grams of saturated fat. And the Turkey Club’s 3,980 milligrams of sodium (more than 2½ days’ worth) tops the other two (3,660 or 2,600 mg). Feeling bloated yet?

Those numbers don’t include the fries that come with the Turkey Club. What’s another 390 calories and 720 mg of sodium when you’re having fun? (Ask for a healthier side? Since you ordered a good-for-you turkey sandwich, you might not.)

What to order? Applebee’s has “Under 550 Calories” and “Weight Watchers” sec¬tions on its menu. All the items have far too much salt, but you could do a lot worse than a plate of Napa Chicken & Portobellos or Roasted Garlic Sirloin.

When it comes to “healthier” items at chain restaurants, it’s all relative.

Call Applebee’s at (888) 592-7753 to tell them what you think about this fattening sandwich.

Applebee's Turkey Sandwich

Other relevant links:

• Another Applebee’s dish to avoid. See: Add this Applebee’s Dish to Your List of What Not to Eat

• What Not to Eat at Maggiano’s. See: What Not to Eat at Maggiano’s

• Check out these tips on how to minimize calories at restaurants. See: How to Diet While Eating Out

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