Food Villains #12: Baby Back Ribs

This is a hard one for me to write about, but I must. Who doesn't love a good rack of ribs? Smother it in BBQ sauce and go to town! It's the meal we all just can't stay away from. Sadly, a rack of baby back ribs is just not a healthy option. While there are lean cuts of pork, ribs are loaded with fat--even more so with baby back ribs. The BBQ sauce you put atop it all is usually VERY high in sodium, and the fries served with the entrée are just too tempting to pass up on. By the time your messy face looks up from that empty plate, you'll have overdone it on just about everything. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Source:[/caption] Outback Steakhouse prepares a mean rack of baby back ribs, but their plate packs a wallop:
  • 1,539 calories
  • 96 grams of fat
  • 1,675 milligrams of sodium
These ribs may be the tastiest things you'll eat all week, but it's time to (very sorrowfully) say goodbye. My advice: Switch to pork or beef steak. (Steaks are usually leaner, not to mention MUCH smaller.)  
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