A meal at the Olive Garden is not complete without a basket of warm breadsticks. The restaurant flavors the breadsticks with a garlic-butter spread. Before grabbing one to start your meal, you may want to consider how it affects your diet.
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Each Olive Garden breadstick has 150 calories. If you eat 2,000 calories a day, each one you eat represents 7.5 percent of your total daily calories. The amount of calories you eat each dish indicates how much energy you have provided your body, the Food and Drug Administration reports. Calories you do not burn off through bodily functions and activities get stored as fat.
The breadsticks from the Olive Garden have 2 g of total fat each, but contain no saturated fat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises people to eat no more than 65 g of total fat per day because too much fat can cause obesity.
The breadsticks each contain 400 mg of sodium, the Olive Garden reports. That total represents about 16 percent of the maximum recommended daily intake. You should limit sodium intake to no more than 2,400 mg daily to protect yourself against hypertension.
All bread products contribute to your daily carbohydrate intake. Each olive Garden breadstick has 28 g of carbohydrates, which includes 2 g of dietary fiber, the Olive Garden reports.