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The New Chick-fil-A Menu Item You Should Never Eat, According to a Dietitian

Two new holiday foods are now available, but there's one you should skip.

Your favorite fast-food chains are hard at work releasing holiday-themed menu items, because celebrations can't commence and decorations can't be put up until we get to sip on a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha!

Chick-fil-A partakes in the festivities with two seasonal favorites that have appeared on the menu every winter for almost a decade: a bone-warming tortilla soup and a holiday-flavored milkshake. But if you're watching your diet, our registered dietitian recommends only indulging in the former and skipping the latter.

Kelli McGrane, MS, registered dietitian and Lose It! nutrition consultant, says the Chicken Tortilla Soup is a nutritious option "if you're craving something warm, as it's made with beans, lean chicken breast, and a blend of vegetables." One cup has 320 calories, 16 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein, which should keep you full for a while. (Related: 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)

Watch out, though, for 10 grams of fat, 45 milligrams of cholesterol, and over 1,000 milligrams of sodium. "Just keep in mind that it is high in sodium, with one cup providing nearly half the recommended amount for the day," McGrane says. If you took all that salt out of the soup, it would pile up like snow in the North Pole!

The other seasonal menu item Chick-fil-A has brought back to make your spirits bright isn't as nutritious. In fact, the Peppermint Chip Milkshake isn't nutritious at all and should definitely be on your naughty list. The dessert seems nice, but check twice and the peppermint bark mixed with vanilla ice cream shake ends up being an order to skip. In addition to the 117 grams of carbs, a small serving has 90 grams of cholesterol, 25 grams of fat, and even 400 milligrams of sodium.

"I recommend skipping this festive-sounding drink," McGrane says. "The small size has over 700 calories, more than half the amount of saturated fat than you need in a day, and a whopping 101 grams of sugar—about the same amount of sugar as eating 10 candy canes."

For more information about the healthiest items on Chick-fil-A's menu, check out The Best and Worst Foods at Chick-fil-A.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda