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The Center for Science in the Public Interest—the nutrition watch-dogs who famously called fettuccine Alfredo a "heart attack on a plate" when they first looked at Italian food in 1994—commissioned independent lab tests (for Olive Garden) and examined company-provided data (for Macaroni Grill) and published their picks and pans in the November issue of the group's Nutrition Action Healthletter.

If this doesn't make you think about what you eat nothing will!

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The Center for Science in the Public Interest—the nutrition watch-dogs who famously called fettuccine Alfredo a "heart attack on a plate" when they first looked at Italian food in 1994—commissioned independent lab tests (for Olive Garden) and examined company-provided data (for Macaroni Grill) and published their picks and pans in the November issue of the group's Nutrition Action Health letter.

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Snigdha's picture
OMG ..here are some really shocking facts!!!...the next I want to go to 'Olive Garden', I'll have to probably think twice about it.
shantihhh's picture
I don't eat at either restaurant but was also VERY shocked at the fat grams and calories as so many love these places. I mean I knew about Fast Food burgers and such but it is staggering when compared to these pasta dishes, appetizes, and desserts. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Snigdha's picture
Yea true..Worse still, even the tiramisu is a 1000 calories :(
StuartRebDonald's picture
Both of these restaurants feature Northern Italian cuisine which is very fatty and all sauces start with lots of butter. OG has a few healthy dishes, the Mix Grill, Tuscan steak, salmon, and Capellini Pomodoro are all pretty healthy. Mac Grill on the other hand has one thing on their entire menu that is healthy, their bread is whole wheat and topped with canola oil and sea salt. But if you want to be healthy, then all you get is bread. Both places offer the alternative of whole wheat pasta but that hardly helps if you top it with Alfredo sauce. Carrabba's Italian Grill features Southern Italian food which is far healthier. Gone are the French inspired sauces built on butter and heavy cream and in their place are sauces built on olive oil. They also use less pork and more seafood.
Culinaire's picture
Oh dear very unhealthy these types of places. In my home always fresh, olive oil. Thanky