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The Huddle House is a 24-hour southern diner that offers its customers a delicious homemade lunch, supper, or breakfast. Like other restaurants, however, many of the menu items at Huddle House contain high levels of fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calories. If you are trying to lose weight, or if you have to follow a special diet for health reasons, you should review the Huddle House menu and look for nutritious items before you visit.
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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that the average person on the 2,000 calorie diet should only consume 20 percent of their calories from fat. Foods with a high fat content increase your risk of developing coronary heart disease by up to 30 percent. High-fat foods can also cause strokes and even colon cancer in the long run. Huddle House nutrition facts indicate that several menu items contain high levels of fat.
- Butterfly shrimp (9.8g)
- Steak 6 oz (11.2g)
- Chicken melt (34g)
- Cheeseburger (15g)
- French fries (14g)
- Hashbrowns (27g)
- Plain waffles (15g)
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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 1,400 to 2,000 mg of sodium for healthy people each day. High-sodium foods will cause your kidneys to kick into overdrive to remove the excess amount of salt in your body if you consume above the recommended daily amount. When your kidneys work overtime to remove the salt, you will end up with high blood pressure, kidney disease or even heart problems. Here is the nutrition value of Huddle House food relating to the food items with the highest amounts of sodium.
- Hashbrowns (711mg)
- Three scrambled eggs (750mg)
- Cheeseburger (766mg)
- Large French fries (300 mg)
- Egg sandwich (770mg)
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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that healthy people consume 1,100 to 2,000 each day for the body to function at a healthy level. When people consume more than the recommended amount of calories needed each day, weight gain can occur, and with weight gain comes the terrible price of having to lose it all. With weight gain, the heart has to work harder to pump blood and can increase your chances of having a stroke. It can also lead to certain cancers and even destroy your kidneys. Here are some of the highest-calorie Huddle House menu items.
- Large French fries (600 Calories)
- Double bacon cheeseburger (1,100 Calories)
- Breaded mozzarella cheese sticks (595 Calories)
- Loaded scrambled eggs (660 Calories)
- Omelet Philly steak style (680 calories)
- Breaded onion rings with sauce (610 Calories)
- Steak with fries (800 Calories)
- Scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and toast (700 calories)
- Regular cheeseburger (560 Calories)
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Healthier Menu Items
Huddle House has few low-fat, low-calorie options, but if you know what they are ahead of time, you can make good choices. The hearty salad contains lettuce and diced tomatoes. If you get it without the cheese, you can reduce the amount of fat and calories you eat. Ask for dressing on the side to avoid consuming extra calories. Drink a glass of water instead of a sugar-laden soft drink or glass of iced tea. Ask for whole wheat toast instead of white toast to add fiber and healthy grains to your daily menu.