5 of The Year's Unhealthiest Restaurant MealsMay
5/26/2010 9:54 AM
And we thought the Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sammie was bad.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest – which famously dubbed fettuccine Alfredo a “heart attack on a plate” in 1994, has announced its Xtreme Eating 2010 awards, and the winners ain’t pretty.
Despite the fact that more restaurants are posting calories counts, despite the fact that two out of three adults (and one out of three children) are overweight or obese, it’s ridiculous and embarrassing for any establishment to be serving up dishes with 7,690 milligrams of sodium (three teaspoons of salt—a five-day supply) or a 1,670-calorie slice of chocolate cake oozing with 2½ days’ worth of saturated fat. Yet P.F. Changs (Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo) and The Cheesecake Factory (Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake), respectively, are still doing just that. I’m all for personal responsibility and educating Americans about what they put in their mouth, but a truly socially responsible restaurant could at least help stack the odds in our favor by NOT featuring pancakes packed with 27 teaspoons of sugar (Oh, Bob Evans, what will you think of next?)
Check out some other Xtreme Eating 2010 award-winning losers:
Chevys Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla: Omega three, shmomega 3. Get your heart healthy fatty acids from some grilled salmon topped with avocado salsa – this fat bomb platter packs 1,790 calories and 63 grams of saturated fat plus 3,440 mg of sodium. Dios Mio! As the CSPI puts it, they’re a “quesadoozy.”
Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger: 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat (1½ days’ worth) without toppings. Think two Quarter Pounders. Add a large fry for another 1,460 calories and wash it down with a 300-calorie 32 oz. Coke.
California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Steak: You might think "Southwestern black beans, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses topped with chilled shredded lettuce, homemade roasted tomato salsa, fresh green onions and crispy tortilla strips with our homemade herb ranch dressing” actually sounds kind of healthy… but you're kind of totally wrong. 1,680 calories, 32 grams of sat fat (as much as you’d get with the obviously-bad-for-you Cheeseburger Pizza with bacon), and 3,300 mg of sodium. Don’t think you’re OK if you skip the steak: You’ll still soak up 1,440 calories and more than a day’s saturated fat (27 grams) and sodium (2,630 mg). The crust alone contains 400 calories! So much for picking the cheese off as a weight-loss tactic.
The Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara: It’s white pasta topped with a parmesan cream sauce and swirled with smoked bacon, so at least we can’t accuse The CF of false advertising. Just one serving of this debacle packs the same caloric punch as a Cheesecake Factory Grilled Rib-Eye Steak PLUS French fries PLUS onion rings PLUS a slice of Tiramisu Cheesecake!! (Roughly 2,500 calories and 60-85 grams of saturated fat.)
Outback Steakhouse New Zealand Rack of Lamb: But it comes with fresh seasonal veggies -– how bad can it be? Answer: Very. This lamb, mashed potato and veggie combo boasts 1,820 calories, 80 grams of sat fat, and 2,600 mg of sodium. The angelic-sounding vegetables alone have 7 grams of saturated fat.