How healthy is YOUR lunch? The high street salads that do your diet more harm than good – including a chicken Caesar with more fat, calories and sugar than a Big Mac
- Zizzi’s Super Zucca Salad is the least healthy salad in UK High Street restaurants
- While the dish is just 572 calories, it contains a shocking 14g of sugar
- Supplement Place claim Bill’s and Pizza Express also offer unhealthy salads
If you’re trying to make healthier choices, a salad for lunch might seem like a better option than a cheese sandwich, and definitely prefereable to a takeaway option.
But research conducted by Supplement Place has revealed that some options on the high street are worse for fat, calories and sugar than eating McDonald’s Big Mac.
Researchers conducted the study by scoring the levels of fibre, protein, saturated fat, sugar content and salt in menu options from popular high street chains, before taking a final average score.
They found that Zizzi’s Super Zucca Salad is the least healthy salad available because even though it’s not the most calorific, its high sugar content pushed it up the scale.
Meanwhile, Bill’s Chicken Caesar Salad packs in the most calories and has more calories, saturated fat and sugar than a Big Mac, while the Pizza Express’ Pollo Salad has the highest levels of saturated fat.
Research conducted by Supplement Place found Zizzi’s Super Zucca Salad (pictured) is the least healthy salad on sale in High Street restaurants
The most unhealthy salads on the high street
1. Zizzi’s Super Zucca Salad
2. Pizza Express Nicoise Salad (with dressing)
3. Pizza Express Pollo Salad (with dressing):
4. Bill’s Chicken Caesar Salad
5. Pret a Manager Chef’s Italian Chicken Salad:
6. Pizza Express Grand Chicken Caesar Salad (with dressing):
7. Slug & Lettuce Super Mixed Salad
8. KFC Original Recipe Ricebox
9. KFC Original Fillet Salad Pot
10. Bella Italia Insalata Caesar
Researchers listed Bill’s Chicken Caesar Salad (pictured) as the fourth least healthy salad, despite boasting the most calories
Boasting 490 calories, KFC Original Recipe Ricebox (pictured) 2.2g saturated fat and 11.1g sugar was also listed as unhealthy
Supplement place listed Pret a Manager Chef’s Italian Chicken Salad (pictured) as the fifth least healthy salad because of its 612 calories, 7.3g saturated fat and 9.1 g sugar
Bella Italia Insalata Caesar (pictured) also made the top ten least healthy salads, with 432 calories, 4.4g saturated fat and 5.4g sugar
THE HEALTHIEST HIGH STREET SALAD OPTIONS
Prezzo Puy Lentil, Beetroot & Butternut Squash Salad
McDonald’s Grilled Chicken Salad
Prezzo Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad
McDonald’s Grilled Chicken and Bacon Salad
Prezzo Caesar Salad with Chicken
ASK Italian Insalata di Poll e Pancetta
McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Salad
Wetherspoons Soul Bowl
Bella Italia Insalata Giardiniera
Bella Italia Insalata Caesar with Pollo & Pancetta
Source: Supplement Place
Zizzi’s Super Zucca Salad could take less than an hour to burn off because it has just 572 calories.
However, researchers argue its 14g of sugar makes it the least healthy salad available, with NHS guidelines recommending adults consume no more than 30g of free sugars a day in total.
They explained Bill’s Chicken Caesar Salad with 934 calories isn’t much healthier, however the fat and salt content in Pizza Express’ Pollo Salad is worse.
Supplement Place warned the calorie content in Bill’s salad is nearly half the recommended 2,000 calories for women.
They added that a dish shouldn’t be considered more healthy just because it has fewer calories, but those watching their intake should consider dishes on offer at Prezzo or McDonald’s.
A researcher said: ‘Prezzo has the healthiest salad available on the high street, with its Puy Lentil, Beetroot and Butternut Squash Salad, which has just 97 calories and 0.1g of sugar.
‘This was followed by McDonald’s who came in second with their Grilled Chicken Salad, which has only 133 calories but quite a bit more sugar than Prezzo’s 4.3g.’
They added that it’s important to look for salads with low saturated fat because in the long run, it can contribute to a rise in cholesterol.
According to the NHS, men should not eat more than 30g of saturated fat a day and women shouldn’t eat more than 20g of saturated fat a day.