Here at Eat This, Not That!, we get exclusive access to tons of celeb-level nutritionists, wellness experts, doctors, and healthy eating influencers. (We know, we’re very lucky.) We’ve learned from them dozens of ways to make overnight oats, what healthy snacks they can’t live without, and what foods you should eat every day. But that left us wondering: what do these top-of-the-line experts do on a daily basis to stay healthy and happy? Well, we asked them!

Here, Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Nutritious Life, shares a peek into her life and what she eats in a day.

Since the very beginning of my career, I’ve known that healthy living is about much more than food. When I started my practice just over 16 years ago, I incorporated components like sleep and stress management into my clients’ meal plans (and my original logo!). I saw that nutrition was just one piece of a much bigger healthy lifestyle pie. My approach has always involved eight important pillars, and that’s how I approach my everyday diet.

In other words, as I make food choices throughout the day, I’m always thinking about how what I’m putting on my plate will affect other aspects of my healthy lifestyle, like my stress levels and exercise routine.

Breakfast

I am a big breakfast person! I almost always get in protein, healthy fat, and veggies. I usually have a smoothie or eggs or some kind of toast such as avocado toast or hummus and tomato toast, but mostly, my go-to is smoothies and eggs. The smoothie is usually comprised of almond milk, my protein powder, greens of some kind, nut butter, and an additional powder, perhaps as a booster. Eggs are usually an egg scramble with greens on the side or berries.

Egg scramble with coffee green juice and bread by keri glassmanKeri Glassman MS, RD, CDN

This picture here is from a breakfast meeting out. I had an egg scramble and green juice. Bread came with it, which I didn’t eat. Not because I never eat the bread but on a typical weekday morning, I probably wouldn’t need that as well as the eggs and greens.

Egg scramble with spinach potatoes and orange peppers by keri glassmanKeri Glassman MS, RD, CDN

This second egg dish is an example of an egg scramble at home. My boyfriend made this one and added in spinach (we always have spinach at home—it’s one of my staples) and chopped peppers we had sliced in the fridge, and then heated potatoes from dinner the night before. Usually, we’d have a little side salad with this, but I guess we were low on greens!

I also generally drink two coffees with almond milk in the morning, followed by water and herbal tea all day long.

Snack

Organic green pitted olives on the go by keri glassmanKeri Glassman MS, RD, CDN

I can pretty much never make it to lunch without a snack. I usually focus on getting in healthy fat and/or protein here and try to get veggies into as many meals and snacks as possible. Here, I had olives on the go. I was running to meetings, and I like changing this quick morning snack up from nuts. But often this snack would be a scoop of nut butter, some kind of nut, or even avocado with lemon and sea salt. It just depends on where I am.

Lunch

Spinach cucumbers orange peppers and grass-fed steak by keri glassmanKeri Glassman MS, RD, CDN

This is a pretty typical at-home lunch. When I’m home for lunch, I’ll put together some kind of kitchen-sink salad with greens, whatever veggies I have around, and any leftover protein or legumes. I also add nuts and/or seeds and always make my own dressing. This one, in particular, was spinach, cucumbers, orange peppers (yep, already ate them at breakfast, too!), avocado, and leftover grass-fed steak. The dressing was apple cider vinegar and olive oil with sea salt and pepper, and I wanted to sprinkle hemp seeds but was out, so these are chia seeds you see.

Snack

Sliced apples with almond butter by keri glassmanKeri Glassman MS, RD, CDN

Just like I never go the morning without a snack, I rarely go all afternoon without one, too. Often I’ll have nuts again or a piece of fruit and nut butter like I had here. This is a sliced apple with almond butter, and I added some plain, no-sugar-added coconut chips. These are from Brandless, and I love them.

Dinner

Pan seared salmon by keri glassmanKeri Glassman MS, RD, CDN

At-home dinners usually consist of raw veggies (I like to have them out on the table for the kids leading up to dinner and then at the meal, too), cooked veggies, protein, and sometimes a grain or potato. I don’t show raw veggies here, but I had carrots, endive, cucumber, and radishes out. This dish is super simple salmon and artichokes cooked and plated over arugula. I also made the kids a kale Caesar salad. I do sometimes have a glass of wine at dinner, but not always.

Something else I occasionally work into my diet throughout the day—especially when I’m on the go and don’t have time to eat enough veggies—is a Life’s Abundance green juice. It’s so easy to keep the packets in my bag and stir them into a glass of water for some quick extra nutrients.

And, of course, before bed I almost always drink a cup of chamomile tea for a good night’s sleep.

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As delicious as a Bloody Mary is as a drink, it makes an even better marinade. That’s because the mix of sweet and salty from the tomato juice, the heat from the horseradish and Tabasco, and the acid from the lemon work together to both tenderize and energize an otherwise normal piece of beef. This marinade could do magic on chicken and pork as well, but the bold flavors of a Bloody seem to pair best with a hunk of grilled beef. Serve with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes for a near-perfect meal. It is an easy brunch or simple dinner idea when you want a nice mix of protein, vegetables, and healthy carbs. Plus, it requires very minimal prep work for a big boost in flavor.

Nutrition:
270 calories, 11 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 450 mg sodium

Serves 4

You’ll Need

2 cups tomato juice (spicy V8 works best)
2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
4 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1⁄2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
10–15 shakes Tabasco sauce
Black pepper to taste
1 lb skirt or flank steak

How to Make It

  1. Combine the tomato juice, horseradish, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and pepper in a baking dish and use a whisk to thoroughly mix.
  2. Add the steak and turn to coat.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 12.
  4. Preheat a grill.
  5. Pour off the marinade and discard.
  6. Use a paper towel to pat most of the marinade from the steak.
  7. When the grill is very hot, add the steak and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare.
  8. Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting into thin slices against the grain of the meat.

Eat This Tip

Skirt and flank steak are both thin cuts of beef that offer huge flavor and a pleasantly chewy texture at a relatively cheap price tag. Because they’re thin, you’ll want a very hot grill to ensure you develop a nice char before the interior is overcooked, so keep that in mind when you fire up the grill!

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but even though you don’t swallow it, there are some scary-sounding ingredients in chewing gum—along with unneeded sugars—that can still impact your health. If you’re looking for something to knaw on though, there are certain ingredients to look out for that are major red flags. While not every stick of chewing gum is harmful, there’s a chance you’re unknowingly choosing the wrong gums to mindlessly chew.

We consulted Michelle Hyman, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian at Simple Solutions Weight Loss, who noted three key components to watch out for when you find yourself in the candy aisle looking for gum to buy:

  1. Butylated hydroxytoluene, or BHT, a food additive that is banned in some other countries.
  2. Titanium Dioxide, which is more commonly seen as the active ingredient in sunscreen, is potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing), according to Hyman.
  3. Artificial colors, which may trigger food allergies and are also possibly carcinogenic based on animal studies.

Constant gum-chewing also means you’ll likely be swallowing a lot of excess air—a factor or any other that can contribute to feeling bloated. It’s also best to avoid gum if you suffer from TMJ disorders, a jaw-related health condition. But still, if you chews (ahem, choose) wisely, gum does have some health benefits.

“Sugarless gum has been shown to increase the flow of saliva, which helps clean teeth and cut back on plaque buildup between meals. This will reduce the acid—and therefore reduce decay,” says Deborah Yarmush, DDS, a dentist in Walpole, Massachusetts.

It can also help you steer clear of the mindless munchies, adds Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read It Before You Eat It: Taking You from Label to Table.

“Gum can be like a speed bump to an unnecessary snack. If you feel kind of noshy but you know that there’s no way that you’re truly hungry, then a piece of gum could keep you from eating more than you really need,” she says.

We know, this is all a little sticky trying to navigate, so we took a closer look at all the options out there for you. Keep reading for the health ranking of different types of chewing gum, from worst to best.

Note: As a default for comparison, we selected the mint option for brand names with several flavors.

The Worst Chewing Gums

As Yarmuch recommends, “avoid gum with sugar in it,” and different styles of sugar, from white to syrups, because they have landed most of these gum brands on our banned list.

Bubble Yum Bubble Gum

Bubble yum original gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 25 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 0 g protein

Sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup make up the majority of this gum our experts say is closer to Bubble Yuck. BHT, artificial colors, and flavors round out the ingredient list. “It’s probably the sugar in gum that’s the worst ingredient,” Taub-Dix says. “Not only is it void of any value, but it also regularly connects with your teeth and could lead to cavities in addition to empty calories.”

Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape Awesome Original Bubble Gum

Hubba bubba awesome original bubble tape gum

Nutrition per 1 piece: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

Does this kid favorite taste sweeter than other gums to you? It should: sugar, corn syrup, acesulfame K (an artificial sweetener), and aspartame (aka Equal), give this tape its candy-like flavor. And as we know by now, while aspartame is a sweetener that’s often added as a way to lower calorie and sugar count, it can have negative side effects such as feelings of anxiety and jitteriness, and a study found it can contribute to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, too.

Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum

Dubble bubble assorted gum pieces

Nutrition per 1 piece: 15 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

Cornstarch and BHT round out an ingredient list that begins with (you guessed it!) sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup in this childhood favorite bubble gum.

Bazooka Bubble Gum

Bazooka original bubble gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 0 g protein

Two shades of artificial red color are added to lend the salmon hue to this sugar- and syrup-sweetened gum. Titanium dioxide and BHT are also in the original flavor recipe, which are all total no-gos.

Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum

Wrigley's long lasting flavor juicy fruit gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

Added colors, BHT, and oodles of different sweeteners are hidden in this gum that’s sneakily named after produce. There are no signs of actual fruit here!

RELATED: The easy guide to cutting back on sugar is finally here.

Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum

Wrigley's spearmint gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 50 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

Alongside sugar, aspartame and acesulfame K sweeten Wrigley’s. “I’d like my clients who chew a lot of gum to be aware of how much sugar or sugar alcohols they’re consuming. I do not recommend chewing gum on an empty stomach, since that’s a recipe for giving yourself a stomachache,” Hyman says.

5 Gum Peppermint Cobalt Chewing Gum

5 peppermint cobalt gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g sugar, 2 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

Five isn’t just the name of this gum. It’s the number of artificial sweeteners in the recipe: sorbitol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, mannitol, aspartame, and acesulfame K. It’s safe to say that’s simple five too many.

Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Peppermint Chewing Gum

Ice breakers peppermint ice cubes gum

Nutrition per 1 piece: 5 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

The ingredient list for Ice Breakers gum is nearly as large as the nutrition facts panel. All those flavor and color additives are a sign you may not want to break the ice (or the seal on the package).

Dentyne Ice Arctic Chill Chewing Gum

Dentyne ice arctic chill gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 5 calories, 0 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 00 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

A smattering of synthetic -tols are invited to Dentyne’s party: sorbitol, maltitol, and mannitol.

Wrigley’s Big Red Chewing Gum

Wrigley's big red gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 10 calories, 0 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar)

Although it has a relatively short ingredient list, real sugars and artificial colors land Big Red near the middle of the list.

Mentos Pure Fresh Mint Chewing Gum

Mentos pure fresh fresh mint gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: < 5 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 1.5 g carbs (0 g sugar, 1.5 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

“The freshmaker” is not so “fresh” as the kids say. Hyman’s opposed to the artificial flavors, titanium dioxide, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and BHA.

Doublemint Chewing Gum

Wrigley's doublemint gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein

Double the mint; double the sweeteners (artificial and real). Sugar and dextrose add to the calories and carbs, while aspartame and acesulfame K amplify the sugar alcohols.

Winterfresh Chewing Gum

Wrigley's winterfresh gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: < 5 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 1.5 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

Sodium carboxymethylcellulose is a mouthful—and an ingredient in Winterfresh. It’s generally recognized as safe, but fair warning: it can also be found in laxatives and cosmetics.

Extra Spearmint Chewing Gum

Wrigley's extra long lasting flavor spearmint gum

Nutrition per 1 piece: < 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g sugar, 0 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

Sorbitol is ingredient number one of Extra. “To maintain the sweet taste in sugar-free gum, sucrose is often swapped for sugar alcohols such as sorbitol. While the reduction in calories may be of benefit during calorie restriction, sugar alcohols are poorly absorbed in the small intestines and can have a laxative effect if consumed in excess (10+ pieces per day),” says Suzanne Fisher, RD, LDN, founder of Fisher Nutrition Systems in Cooper City, Florida.

Orbit Wintermint Chewing Gum

Orbit wintermint gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: < 5 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 1 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

Hyman sites soy, artificial sweeteners, BHT, and artificial colors as the main offenders in Orbit.

Eclipse Polar Ice Chewing Gum

Wrigley's eclipse polar ice gum pack

Nutrition per 2 pieces: < 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 2 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

…and the same culprits are at play in Eclipse’s icy flavor. So yes, a lot of chewing gum has the same offenders!

Project 7 First Kiss Chewing Gum

Project 7 first kiss gourmet sugar free gum bag

Nutrition per 2 pieces: 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (2 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

Neotame is the name you may not recognize on Project 7’s ingredient list. It’s artificial, made by Nutrasweet, and is about 13,000 times sweeter than aspartame. Yikes.

Trident Original Chewing Gum

Trident original flavor gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: < 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g sugar, 1 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

The calorie and carb count is low, true, but that’s because nearly every ingredient on Trident’s list is an artificial sweetener. Plus, there are six of them…

Tic Tac Gum Fresh Mint Chewing Gum

Tic tac freshmint gum pack

Nutrition per 6 pieces: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g sugar, 2 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

While Tic Tac Gum is xylitol-based (more about that later!), Hyman gives it medium marks for its BHT, soy, artificial flavors, and artificial sweetener.

The Best Chewing Gums

The benefits of chewing gum outweigh the risks if you shop smart, says David Magid, DMD, a dentist in West Caldwell, New Jersey, who chews sugarless mint gum himself.

“Gum not only can remove food lingering on the teeth from a previous meal or snack, but it also stimulates saliva production. This saliva coats your teeth in calcium and phosphate, which neutralize the acids produced by plaque bacteria. Chewing the right gum can help your body keep your teeth stronger over time,” Magid says.

Our pros gave the thumbs up for the picks below due to their natural ingredient list and xylitol. Most also include a base centered around natural chicle, a sustainable, biodegradable sap of the sapodilla tree.

Xylichew Chewing Gum

XYLICHEW spearmint gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 0 calories, 0 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g sugar, 1 g sugar alcohols), 0 g protein

The first ingredient in this gum gets gold marks from Magid. “Xylitol is plant-based sugar that’s beneficial for oral health,” he says. “Bacteria in the mouth can’t digest xylitol, so their numbers decrease. It also prohibits bacteria from sticking to teeth after xylitol is ingested by the bacteria.”

The Peelu Co. Peppermint Chewing Gum

Peelu peppermint blast gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 0 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar

In addition to xylitol, Peelu is made with natural peppermint oil and stevia, which scored near the top of our best-sweetener list.

Pur Coolmint Chewing Gum

Pur aspartame free coolmint gum pack

Nutrition per 2 pieces: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar alcohols, 0 g protein

The scariest name on the ingredient list is also in smallest supply: “tocopherols.” Never fear: It’s a form of vitamin E that actually may lower your risk for certain cancers. This chewing gum may do a lot to help you out long-term!

Chicza Mint Chewing Gum

Chicza organic mayan rainforest chewing gum mint pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 8 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 1.5 g carbs (1.5 g sugar), 0 g protein

Created in Mexico, this worth-seeking-out gum includes only organic ingredients. Evaporated cane juice and agave syrup are the real sweeteners that make Chicza slightly higher in calories than its “best” competition. Just practice portion control, Taub-Dix suggests. “I don’t think people realize that sugary gums do have calories. If you’re chomping regularly, these calories could add up during the course of a day.”

Glee Peppermint Chewing Gum

All natural sugar-free peppermint glee gum bag

Nutrition per 2 pieces: 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 0 g protein

The gum base of this xylitol-sweetened bite includes dehydrated citrus peels! That doesn’t mean you can count it as a serving of fruit, but it is a nice all-natural component.

Simply Gum Chewing Gum

Simply gum natural peppermint gum pack

Nutrition per 1 piece: 3 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 1 g carbs, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

Simple really is best. Flavored naturally and sweetened with raw cane sugar, the ingredient list on this chewing gum is dentist-approved. “The small amount of organic raw cane sugar for sweetness may be easier for some to digest than gums made with xylitol,” Hyman says.

Now, you’re armed with all the information you need to confidently tackle the candy aisle next time you’re in the market for a new chewing gum that won’t hurt your waistline.

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Though it will never achieve the kind of superstar status enjoyed by its more celebrated cousin, a calzone is little more than a pizza folded over on itself and sealed. The potential for caloric overload is very high, given the types (and quantities) of ingredients that typically find their way into the golden half moon: pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, and 19 different types of cheese, among other things (yes, even thousand island dressing, barbecue sauce, and fried chicken are popular pizza toppings). But a calzone can just as easily welcome healthy vegetable fillings into its warm, doughy embrace, too. This version of a loaded calzone recipe offers something for everyone: sautéed greens and roasted peppers for the produce proponents, and chunks of chicken sausage for the calorie conscious carnivores.

Nutrition:
395 calories, 12 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 750 mg sodium

Serves 4

You’ll Need

1⁄2 bunch broccoli rabe or 1 bunch fresh spinach, trimmed
1⁄2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large link chicken sausage, casing removed
1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes
1⁄2 cup bottled roasted red peppers
Salt and black pepper to taste
Pizza dough or 12 oz store-bought pizza dough
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup pizza sauce
1 egg white, beaten

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to boil.
  3. Add the broccoli rabe and cook for 3 minutes. Drain.
  4. Return the pan to the stovetop and heat the oil over medium heat.
  5. Add the sausage meat and sauté until cooked through.
  6. Stir in the broccoli rabe and pepper flakes and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Stir in the roasted peppers and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Divide the dough into two balls.
  9. On a clean, well-floured surface, roll each piece into a thin oval, about 14″ long and 8″ wide.
  10. Place the dough on two separate baking sheets.
  11. Spread half the ricotta across each, length-wise, then top each with a 1⁄4 cup of the pizza sauce and half of the broccoli rabe mixture.
  12. Fold the dough crosswise over the mixture, creating one large half moon, and pinch the dough to seal it completely.
  13. Brush the tops with the egg white.
  14. Bake the calzones for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and firm all over.
  15. Cut each calzone in half and serve with the remaining pizza sauce.

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Dining out is a luxury for most people, so when you make the decision to head out and hit the town for some grub, it better be a place that you know serves great food and offers a hospitable environment. Brand loyalty is a great preliminary step in assessing just how good a restaurant truly is in both departments, but which restaurants truly have the most loyal customers who keep coming back for more time after time?

Nation Restaurant News conducted a survey in 2018 called “Consumer Picks” that analyzed customer preference and restaurant brand strength. These 50 “chains had the highest True Loyalty scores, or the percentage of respondents who said they visit because of a real desire to experience the brand, as opposed to convenience.”

Get reading to find out which eateries made the list—you may just see a couple of your go-to spots!

50

Five Guys

Five guys burger and friesShutterstock

Some 45 percent of respondents in this survey like Five Guys more for the brand and quality of food, more so than going to a fast-food restaurant that might be more convenient around the corner (looking at you, McDonald’s). Who can blame them with a menu stacked with burgers, hotdogs, French fries, and milkshakes?

49

Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que

Famous dave's bbq restaurantShutterstock

An equivalent percentage of people said they love Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, which serves up anything that you can slap BBQ sauce on, including ribs, sandwiches, and platters.

48

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold stone creameryShutterstock

Cold Stone Creamery offers a unique experience: you actually get to watch your perfect ice cream order come together as the employees toss your favorite topping into whichever ice cream flavor you want and mix it all together right in front of every order. It’s no wonder why 45 percent of respondents claim they like this shop for the novel experience.

47

Taco Cabana

Taco cabana mexican patio cafeShutterstock

Have you heard of Taco Cabana? The Mexican Patio Cafe is not quite expansive yet (it only has locations in a handful of states, with the heaviest concentration in Texas), but that doesn’t mean people aren’t loyal to the ones near them. Note that less than 500 people responded to this restaurant in the survey, but still, 46 percent of the small number of respondents said they appreciate Taco Cabana’s brand.

46

Round Table Pizza

round table pizzaRound Table Pizza / Facebook

Round Table Pizza has a band of loyal customers—46 percent of those who responded to this survey said they like the variety of the menu, which includes pizza, garlic bread twists, wings, and salads.

45

Olive Garden

Olive garden restaurantShutterstock

That unlimited breadstick, soup, and salad lunch deal at Olive Garden is enough to win brand loyalty, right?

44

Freebirds

Burrito-split-in-half-in-foil-in-front-of-freebirds-restaurantFreebirds World Burrito / Facebook

Freebirds is another restaurant that you may not be familiar with, simply because it only has locations in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, California, and Utah. Less than 500 people responded to this restaurant in the survey, but 46 percent of those who did contribute feedback said they eat at Freebirds because they appreciate its brand.

43

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Fleming's prime steakhouse and wine bar restaurantShutterstock

This is not your typical grab-and-go kind of restaurant. No, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the place you stroll into when you’re on the prowl for a three-course meal full of signature steaks and lobster tails and a glass of wine to boot.

42

Così

Così restaurantCosì / Facebook

From flatbread pizzas to Thai curry bowls, Così supplies just about all of your lunch needs, and some 46 percent of survey participants said they visit there because they genuinely like the place—not just because it’s easily accessible to them.

41

American Deli

American deli restaurantAmerican Deli/Facebook

American Deli is another small chain restaurant that’s primarily located in the southern states, serving up anything from fried shrimp and chicken tenders to Reuben sandwiches and gyros. Less than 500 people gave their input to this restaurant, but 46 percent of those who did said they love this deli.

40

Penn Station East Coast Subs

Penn station east coast subs restaurantShutterstock

This restaurant is known for both its grilled and cold subs. Some 47 percent of respondents (of which totaled less than 500) said they like Penn Station East Coast Subs. After all, there are plenty of other sub places out there to choose from, so clearly there is something pretty special about either the food or atmosphere of this one.

39

Panera Bread

Panera breadShutterstock

Panera Bread may just be one of the most recognizable eateries on this list, with nearly 2,100 locations spread across the contiguous U.S.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

38

Moe’s

Moe's southwest grill restaurantShutterstock

This Southwest-centric eatery is the place to go for burritos, quesadillas, and tacos. Moe’s has quite the following, too—some 47 percent of survey participants expressed brand loyalty.

37

Mellow Mushroom

Mellow mushroom restaurantShutterstock

You’ve heard the saying “cool as a cucumber,” so maybe it’s time you start saying “mellow as a mushroom?” OK, scratch that and just try the pizza place Mellow Mushroom if you have yet to. You likely won’t be let down, with 47 percent of survey respondents saying they appreciate this pizza.

36

Coco’s Bakery Restaurant

Coco's bakery restaurantShutterstock

Coco’s Bakery Restaurant is exclusively located in southern California, but this place has a strong following, having nearly the same percentage of brand loyalty with a top dog like Panera. In fact, it actually slightly beat out Panera by a few hundredths of a percentage point. If you live in southern California or are planning on visiting, be sure to check out this place for their expansive breakfast menu.

35

Captain D’s

Mr. Blue MauMau / Flickr

If you’re on the prowl for quick service fried (or grilled) fish and lobster rolls, Captain D’s may interest you.

34

Bruegger’s Bagels

Bruegger's bagels restaurantShutterstock

The slug for Bruegger’s Bagels is “Authentic New York-style bagels.” Must we say more? Plus, you don’t even have to fly to New York to get that perfect bagel anymore!

33

Braum’s

Braum's ice cream restaurantShutterstock

Don’t be fooled by that darling ice cream cone—Braum’s offers a relatively comprehensive menu, serving things like breakfast sandwiches, salads, and even chili.

32

Rita’s Ice

Rita's italian ice shopShutterstock

Rita’s Italian Ice exclusively serves cool treats, including a few trademark menu items such as the Misto, a blend of Italian ice and custard that almost looks like a creamy smoothie.

31

Papa John’s

Papa john's pizza restaurantShutterstock

When you could pick between your local pizza place and a larger chain like Pizza Hut, Papa John’s still ended up in the middle of this list. In fact, some 48 percent of respondents say they genuinely like Papa John’s pizza, as opposed to just ordering it from time to time out of convenience.

30

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

person-holding-mountain-mikes-pizza-boxesMountain Mike's Pizza / Facebook

With locations in Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and predominantly California, Mountain Mike’s Pizza offers a range of funky pizza name orders, most notably the Robbers Roost and Mt. Veggiemore.

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Jet’s Pizza

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Jet’s Pizza is known for it’s non-traditional, thick crust, square-sliced pizza.

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Hot Stuff Pizza

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OK, let’s pause for a moment. Can we discuss the fact that the past four restaurants on this list—all of which had 48 percent of respondents express brand loyalty—are pizza places? These establishments are all competing with each other, yet, according to the results of this survey, they all happened to earn near equivalent percentages of customers saying the same thing: they like the brand of each respective pizza place. Hot Stuff Pizza also offers a variety of other menu items, including breakfast burritos, cheeseburgers, and mozzarella sticks.

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Carvel

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Carvel whips up a range of sweet treats, including cakes, shakes, and of course, ice cream sundaes. They even have a trademark sundae called the Dasher with nine different flavors available across the U.S., and only two of which are served at every location: Oreo Cookie and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

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Carrabba’s

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Carrabba’s is the place to go to satisfy that craving for Italian cuisine. This sit-down restaurant has accumulated quite the brand loyalty too, with 48 percent of survey respondents saying they like the restaurant.

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Cafe Río

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Cafe Río is another small chain restaurant that has captured the hearts of many. Check out this place if you have a hankering for tamales!

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Bonefish Grill

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Can you guess what this full-service restaurant serves? Yep, a variety of seafood dishes are offered at Bonefish Grill. For example, at brunch, you can pick between items such as the Saucy Shrimp + Grits and the Filet Mignon & Lobster Eggs Benedict.

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The Capital Grille

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Head to The Capital Grille if you’re in the mood for a splurge. This place is advertised as a place of fine dining for a reason, with main course menu items range from $33 to up to $90. There’s even an appetizer that costs $110!

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Saladworks

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Saladworks is currently located among 12 states in the U.S., offering—you guessed it—salad bowls upon salad bowls. Roughly 49 percent of survey participants said they have a real desire to experience Saladworks, as opposed to just heading to a random salad chain.

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Raising Cane’s

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Raising Cane’s is one of the top 10 fastest-growing restaurant chains in the U.S., as determined by Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 200 report. Survey respondents break through that 50 percent barrier, with half admitting they visit the quick-service fried chicken place because they love the brand. After all, they could have chosen KFC, right?

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Cracker Barrel

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Hit up Cracker Barrel for pancakes or a platter of bacon, eggs, and biscuits (among a myriad of other breakfast options they serve all day long).

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Chipotle

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The fact that 50 percent of survey respondents say they appreciate Chipotle‘s brand after numerous run-ins with E. coli contamination says a lot about the company’s fanbase.

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Texas Roadhouse

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Texas Roadhouse is truly a one-of-a-kind place with those buttery, fluffy rolls. Some 51 percent of respondents say they go to this restaurant because they value its distinctive brand.

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Taco Bueno

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If you haven’t been to Taco Bueno, the name of the restaurant would suggest that they serve good tacos, and 51 percent of survey participants would agree.

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Luby’s

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Luby’s offers “Fresh tastes of Texas favorites” as per the company’s website. Sure, the dinner menu may win the hearts of many, but did you know they also dish up a butternut brownie pie for dessert?

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Krispy Kreme

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Kirspy Kreme is the lone doughnut shop on this list, which speaks volumes for the 51 percent of respondents who said they appreciate this chain’s brand, considering there are a lot of local doughnut shops across the U.S. Dunkin’ who?

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Freshii

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There are currently only 51 locations nationwide where you can order Freshii from, according to corporate catering app, ezCater. While less than 500 survey participants gave feedback about this restaurant, 51 percent of those who did boast brand loyalty.

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Culver’s

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Hop into Culver’s for ice cream, burgers, fried fish sandwiches, and—yes—Wisconsin cheese curds.

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Farmer Boys Restaurant

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Farmer Boys Restaurant offers one-of-a-kind bread bowls (not to discredit your bread bowls, Panera). Roughly 52 percent of survey participants say they appreciate this restaurant’s brand.

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Buca Di Beppo

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Buca di Beppo boasts family-style dining, pass-the-plate kind of atmosphere. Order a few main entrées, and start sharing!

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Red Lobster

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Breaking through to the top 10 restaurants with the most brand loyalty is Red Lobster. Roughly 53 percent of survey respondents say they appreciate the brand of this long-standing seafood place (likely because they can’t get enough of those cheddar bay biscuits).

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

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Maggiano’s Little Italy has accumulated quite the following since its inception in 1991: 53 percent of survey participants weigh the Italian restaurant’s brand over convenience.

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Whataburger

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The restaurant with the eighth most brand loyalty according to survey participants is Whataburger. A majority of respondents, 54 percent to be exact, say they appreciate the burgers at this brand.

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Newk’s Eatery

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Newk’s Eatery has acquired a devoted fan base, with 54 percent of survey participants expressing brand loyalty.

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Ruth’s Chris

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If you’re looking for a mean steak to chow down on, Ruth’s Chris is your go-to spot. Some 55 percent of respondents say they enjoy experiencing this place for its food and atmosphere, and it probably makes for a nice night out, right?

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Shane’s Rib Shack

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Shane’s Rib Shack may not exactly look like it would serve up some of the best ribs in town, but the stats from this survey prove otherwise—56 percent of respondents say they appreciate the brand.

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Chick-Fil-A

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Even though Chick-Fil-A is closed one day of the week, customers still can’t seem to stay away from this place the other days of the week.

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Papa Murphy’s

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Is anyone really that surprised that a pizza place snagged the spot as the restaurant with the third most brand loyalty? Papa Murphy’s must be one authentic place, with 58 percent of respondents saying they appreciate its brand of pizza.

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La Madeline French Bakery

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La Madeleine is the lone French Bakery & Café on this list, with 58 percent of survey participants saying they value the eatery’s brand. We’d say oui, too!

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In-N-Out Burger

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The restaurant with the most brand loyalty is the one and only In-N-Out Burger, topping the charts with a whopping 63 percent of respondents saying they truly love the brand. It might not be widespread (yet!), but those who live or travel to In-N-Out cities are definitely taking a bite out of the burgers.

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