Decadent Dishes: The Lesser of Evils

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Craving something cold and rich? Which of these small beverages has the fewest calories?

The small version of Starbucks' beverage has 200 calories. A small Frosty has 320 calories, and the milkshake has 600 calories.

The bar has light beer, red wine and whiskey sours. Pick the beverage with the most calories.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average whiskey sour has 123 calories. Light beer has 104 calories, and red wine has 88 calories.

After a night out, you come home hungry. Which snack should you reach for if you are calorie counting?

An average single serving of pretzels contains 109 calories. Tortilla chips come in second with 137 calories, and potato chips come in last with 153 calories.

True or false: One glazed doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts has more fat than one blueberry muffin from the same chain.

The muffin has 16 grams of fat, double the amount of fat in the doughnut. Neither choice has any trans fat.

A pizza craving strikes, and you have three delivery options: Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza and Papa John's. Which slice has the smallest amount of calories and cholesterol?

A slice from a large Domino's Pizza pie will cost you 248 calories and 10 milligrams of cholesterol. Papa John's came in second with 290 calories and 25 milligrams of cholesterol. Opt for a slice of Pizza Hut, and it will cost you 320 calories and 35 milligrams of cholesterol.

True or false: The average piece of chocolate cake has more calories and fat than a small order of Arby's curly fries.

The typical commercially produced chocolate cake has 367 calories and 16.4 grams of fat. So if you are watching your calorie and fat intake, avoid the curly fries -- they have 410 calories and 22 grams of fat.

Which of these children's meal favorites has the most protein per serving?

The chicken nuggets have the most protein at 14 grams a serving. The macaroni and cheese has 9 grams, and the hot dog has 6 grams.

True or false: Mashed potatoes (half a cup) contain less carbohydrates and calories than bread stuffing.

Mashed potatoes contain 17.7 grams of carbohydrates, compared to 21.7 grams in stuffing. Same goes for calories--119 in the potatoes and 177 in the stuffing.

Going Extra Crispy at KFC will add how many calories to your chicken breast?

Adding some extra crunch will also add 120 calories and 10 grams of fat to your chicken breast.

Which of these chocolate desserts is the worst choice if you are calorie counting?

Half a cup of chocolate mousse averages over 450 calories, more than servings of chocolate cake and ice cream combined.

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About This Quiz

Sometimes you just have to give in to cravings. But even when you're about to eat something that's not so healthy, you can still make educated decisions about calories and fat. Can you pick which food will do the least damage to your diet?

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