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Fast-food flub

I'll admit it: I occasionally jones for good old, deep-fried, bad-for-you fast food. I don't indulge often, but about once a month or so, I give in to the temptation. Last week, I got one of my favorite meals from Jack in the Box: Crispy Chicken Strips paired with Stuffed Jalapeños. Of course, it all tasted great, but because I polished it off quickly, the satisfaction was fleeting. Then, I just felt heavy—literally. So I decided to do myself a favor and look up the nutritional information. It was worse than I even imagined: The chicken strips have 500 calories and 25 grams of fat; and the jalapeños, 230 calories and 13 fat grams. Add to that the two containers of ranch dressing I used as a dipping sauce (260 calories, 26 grams of fat) and my grand tally comes to 990 calories and 64 grams of fat. I also learned that my other favorite meal, the Sirloin Steak Melt, packs a whopping 880 calories and 51 grams of fat. Needless to say, knowledge is power, and knowing exactly how unhealthy these foods are makes it that much easier to just say no.

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