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Dodge Restaurant Sugar Traps

Increasingly, eateries are whetting guests' appetites by packing their dishes and drinks with extra sugar, which can set off a chain reaction that leads to belly fat. First columnist Jorge Cruise offers help.

The Strawberry Tea at Wendy’s is loaded with 16 grams of sugar, thanks to the high fructose corn syrup and table sugar in the strawberry puree. For a healthier sip, opt for the Starbucks Shaken Iced Unsweetened Passion Tea. Infused with hibiscus, apple and lemongrass, this brew has a refreshing sweetness without any added sugar.

The California Turkey Club at Chili’s contains 15 grams of sugar, courtesy of the whole-wheat Texas toast and fixings. Head to Boston Market for a half of a Hand Carved Toasted Turkey Carver sandwich instead. With only 2 grams of sugar from the tomato and mayo, this hearty sandwich is big on flavor but easy on your waistline.

The creamy Southwest dressing and cilantro-lime glaze on the McDonald’s Premium Southwest Salad contain 8 grams of sugar – add in the veggies and you’re up to 15 grams. A better bet: Taco Bell’s Cantina Power Bowl with Chicken. This salad is piled high with beans, cheese, rice and veggies – all for just 3 grams of sugar total.

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