The folks over at Eat This, Not That have done a great job at making better choices easy to understand with their highly visual style. I’ve paged through their books many times and enjoyed their simplicity.

On their website, they’re running an interesting series on the 20 Best Restaurant Foods in America. I didn’t gasp over the list. It covered chain restaurants, and as I’ve mentioned before, they tend to be high in fat, sodium and sugar.

The low-end was represented by Starbucks, with “the best coffee shop breakfast” of oatmeal. What shocked me was the high end: “the best appetizer” of ahi tuna at Outback Steakhouse. Are you ready for this? It clocked in at 325 calories, with 21 grams fat and a whopping 1,351 in sodium. With the rest of your meal yet to go.

The USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 says about half the population should limit daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams. The other half should reduce intake to 1,500 milligrams. The latter half includes children; people 51 and older; African Americans; and those who have hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

If you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, all that salty flavor only makes you want more.

Relatively speaking, Eat This, Not That has pointed out some lesser evils among some chains.

But the fact is, we can do better and should.

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