Why You Should Think Twice Before Ordering The Appetizer Platter At IHOP

IHOP is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S. for those who're looking to grab a quick meal with their loved ones. The brand's website keeps its mission short and sweet. It reads, "Since 1958, IHOP has been the place where people connect over breakfast, enjoy study breaks, grab a bite before or after sporting events, and so much more. And no matter what menu items they order, there's one ingredient that's always constant — a smile."

Wondering what some of the healthiest IHOP picks are? Per Eat This, Not That!, you are relatively better off if you order something like the Original Buttermilk Pancakes. You're not losing out too much in terms of carbs and sodium and are looking at a total of 430 calories. Another good choice at IHOP? The Southwest Scramble. Just remember to order the meal without potatoes. If you must include a side dish, try hash browns. A super safe option is, of course, the Egg White Vegetable Omelette. 

One meal that you should stay away from at all costs is the Appetizer Sampler, no matter how delicious it sounds. Your body will thank you later.

It's a really unhealthy dish

Per the IHOP website, the Appetizer Sampler is filled with fried goodness like mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and buttermilk chicken breast strips. The meal is served with your choice of sauce on the side and is available for $13.99. Here's the kicker: You're easily consuming anywhere between 1300 to 1700 calories if you order this dish. 

Dig further into the nutrition details and you'll see what you're in for. You'll be consuming at least 72 grams of fat, 3760 milligrams of sodium, and 132 grams of carbohydrates. Also, the dish has 18 grams of saturated fat. Not only will you be eating a major chunk of your day's calorie requirements in one go, you'll also consuming far too much sodium and fat. The FDA recommends limiting your day's sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams every day. Meanwhile, your fat intake should be no more than 78 grams and you should restrict saturated fat intake as much as you can (via FDA).

Basically, skip this menu item at all costs and opt for something healthier like the Egg White Vegetable Omelette.