Group Announces Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Dishes

Some restaurants pack a day or two's worth of calories into a single meal.

If you're watching your weight, a group has recently put out a list of high-calorie, high-fat options served up at national restaurant chains you may want to avoid. 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s website put the spotlight this week on some of the more extreme menu items in their Xtreme Eating Awards. The "winners" were revealed in their latest Nutrition Action Healthletter. 

The organization reveals the caloric, fat and sugar contents of specific dishes at The Cheesecake Factory as well as Chili’s, Maggiano’s, Uno Chicago Grill, Johnny Rockets, IHop and Smoothie King.

Corte Madera is home to The Cheesecake Factory, which has two dishes that made this year's list. The Bistro Shrimp Pasta packs 3,120 calories and 89 grams of saturated fat. Also on the list is their Crispy Chicken Costoletta with 2,610 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat and 2,720 milligrams of sodium, according to a press release announcing the organization's 2013 Xtreme Eating Award winners.

IHOP, with locations in South San Francisco, Milpitas and San Bruno, offers their Country Fried Steak & Eggs breakfast combo, which packs 1,760 calories and 23 grams of saturated fat, as well as 3,720 mg of sodium and 11 teaspoons of sugar, they report. 

These eating awards aren’t the only ones continuing the public discussion about some of the unhealthier menu items available.

Last summer, Burger King made headlines when it introduced a 510-calorie bacon sundae. 

— Cristel Mohrman contributed to this report.

Do you have a favorite extreme meal? Or is there one that you wouldn’t dream of eating? Share your food stories with us here.

Mark Taylor January 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Here is my take: it is your choice to eat what you want. CSPI though does not want you to make that choice. They have a very clear agenda in wanting to ban nearly any food they deem bad from restaurants and grocery shelves. Most restaurants (especially chains) offer the full high calorie meals along with lower calorie/less fat choices. Most of the foods listed above are indulgences, something you eat once in a great while. You do not have 510 calorie bacon sundaes every day for dessert!
Rob Chapman January 19, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Exactly. I decide what I should or shouldn't eat, NOT some lobbyist group.
Phyllis McArthur January 19, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I agree with the above comments, If I want to indulge, I will, and I definatly eat whatever I want. Not happy with the food police, whats next? Panty Hose are too binding????


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