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What's Healthy And What's Not At Italian Chain Restaurants

The Olive Garden's chicken alfredo is 1,440 calories and two and a half days' saturated fat (48 grams) -- about what you'd get in two 14-ounce New York Strip steaks at Outback Steakhouse, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (olivegarden.com)
The Olive Garden's chicken alfredo is 1,440 calories and two and a half days' saturated fat (48 grams) -- about what you'd get in two 14-ounce New York Strip steaks at Outback Steakhouse, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (olivegarden.com)

When you eat out, you might think you are making a healthy choice by ordering vegetarian ravioli over that fillet mignon. However, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, you may be wrong.

The nonprofit health advocacy group releases its rankings today of the most healthful — and the most appalling — choices at popular Italian-American restaurant chains, including Olive Garden, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and Maggiano’s.

NPR’s Food and Health Correspondent Allison Aubrey breaks down the findings of what’s healthy and what’s not at these popular Italian restaurants, with Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer.

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