Dining Dangerously: The 10 Restaurant Dishes You Should Absolutely Avoid!

By Krystal Brown

Hey food lovers! We’re dishing out the scoop on ten supposedly delicious eats that could stir up some stomach drama. From burgers that aren’t as fancy as they seem to be, to raw oysters that might not be worth the risk, we’re giving you the rundown on what to steer clear of for a healthier dining experience.


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Meatloaf is made of ground meat, pork, or veal and is considered too high in fat and sodium. While this is a tempting food that will wow your taste bud, you should stay clear of consuming it because of its high fat and sodium content, which can be unhealthy for your health. Nowadays, restaurants have placed a premium on meatloaf by adding it to the food class that evokes your childhood memories, but against the backdrop of this, they use recipes that consist of various fillers and little meat making it not worth the price and unhealthy. 

Gourmet Burger 

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The gourmet burger is not as healthy as they seem; this assertion comes at the end of research that came to being after various debates that look like not going away anytime soon. Gourmet burgers were prepared with ground beef and toppings like avocados, tomatoes, and grilled onion. But the massive introduction of other unhealthy toppings like mayonnaise, cheese, and bacon has turned it from healthy to harmful cuisine, possibly leading to complications in your body system. 

Raw Oyster 

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While many people enjoy eating raw oysters from its shell, the tradition is nothing but an enjoyment at the expense of your health. There have been cases where people have contaminated viruses and bacteria by eating raw uncooked food. Raw oyster is not an exception because of pathogens infestation through ocean water. Many restaurants have placed this on their menu and said it to be a selling experience, unbeknown to you that you are buying health risks. 

Buffalo Wings

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The unhealthy constituent of buffalo wings is enough to turn you off, but most people are not privy if the unbalanced recipes used in making this unhealthy delicacy. A small order of 10 buffalo wings in a restaurant contains 1,650 calories, 1400 grams of fat, and 504 grams of saturated fat, while four tablespoons of wish-bone blue cheese dressing consist of 600 calories and 56 grams of fats. These are too much for your body to handle and have been found to be a leading cause of obesity among young people. 

Raw Sprout

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Eating raw sprouts can lead to food poisoning. Although raw sprouts were hailed for their health benefits like increased vascular activity and others. However, the bad side of this food has been established because of the growth process of alfalfa, clovers, and beans radish that could harbor a series of bacteria like E.coli, which is too harmful to the body. The resultant effect of such consumption can lead to diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and others. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer to trade your health for a little piece of raw sprouts in the restaurant. 

Hollandaise Sauce 

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Hollandaise sauce is a tasty and pricey meal that’s a darling of chefs and consumers alike. But the current trends of research into this cuisine have brought to light the risk of salmonella contamination and bacteria infections due to the addition of raw eggs. Additionally, hollandaise consumption can increase body weight, block blood flow, and pose health problems. This was attributed to the unsafe handling of the sauce and poor storage.

Unpasteurized Cheese

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It has been let that eating unpasteurized cheese can lead to food-borne severe illnesses like fatal tuberculosis. The cause of this can be attached to the preparation process. Unpasteurized cheese is made from raw milk, which is not heated to kill all its pathogens. Eating unpasteurized cheese in a restaurant can be viewed as eating gone too far with a series of problems attributed to the pathogens in the cheese. There have been verified cases of more than 144 deaths linked to the consumption of unpasteurized cheese between 2007 and 2016.  

Chicken Sashimi 

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Chicken Sashimi, otherwise known as raw chicken, is another food you should never eat in a restaurant. The reason for this can be linked to the preparation process, which includes just 10 minutes of preparation of the tiny sliced breast meat of the chicken. This process is unhealthy and insufficient to crush all the microbes that might be housed in the chicken. Microorganisms like campylobacter and salmonella are the most common bacteria found in tbs food leading to diseases and, most unfortunately, death for those with compromised immune systems. 

Bread Basket 

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While this might be tempting to consume when offered as a complimentary option, it is advisable not to take that due to the issues such as bloating, increased sugar level, and constipation. This has already ruined your appetite and leads to unnecessary stress on your body system. Since you are getting enlightening satisfaction from the main course, there is no need to try anything from the bread basket. 

Iceberg Lettuce 

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Iceberg Lettuce is a cheap and long-lasting green vegetable that is always available on the menu. Apart from the availability benefit and the easier it is to be prepared, you can get no nutritional benefit from eating iceberg lettuce outside the fact that Iceberg lettuce contains more than 90% water, making it a less impressive option to eat in a restaurant.