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 Iced Green Tea from Panera packs 30 grams of sugar into 20 ounces, thanks to the dried cane syrup in the passion fruit and papaya infusion. For an equally refreshing sip, opt for Starbuck’s Unsweetened Shaken Iced Green Tea. This brew is infused with mint, lemongrass and lemon verbena that deliver earthy sweetness sans the energy-sapping white stuff.
Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion Salad is loaded with 17 grams of sugar from the citrus balsamic vinaigrette, tomatoes and corn and black bean salsa. A better bet: a Chicken Salad from Chipotle. This meal gets plenty of flavor from fajita veggies, black beans, cheese and guacamole—all for 5 grams of sugar total.
The maple walnut vinaigrette on Au Bon Pain’s Waldorf Turkey Wrap contains 15 grams of sugar—add in the apples and dried cranberries and you’re up to 18 grams. Head to Subway for a Turkey Breast Flatbread instead. With only 2 grams of sugar from the mayo, it’s a meal that will leave you feeling satisfied, not sluggish.