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Nonprofit Reveals the Most ‘Xtreme’ High-Calorie Restaurant Dishes

Nonprofit Reveals the Most ‘Xtreme’ High-Calorie Restaurant Dishes


At the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), judges of nominees for the annual “Xtreme Eating Awards” have one mission: To protect the general population from explosive, health-endangering restaurant meals.

According to CSPI, restaurants have officially taken things too far. Due to the Trump administration’s rollback of an Obama-era initiative requiring that menus publish nutritional information, the real calorie impact of many dishes remains unseen. But when breakfast options tallied up to almost an entire day’s worth of fatty, cheesy calories, the men and women at this nonprofit organization decided it was well past time to intervene. They’re putting it all out on the table — and warning you to keep these meals off of yours.

Not only have they singled out individual dishes for reprimands, they’ve awarded Domino’s with an “Xtreme Putting Profits Before Health Award” for their efforts to lobby against the mutritional information rules. “Who cares about the obesity and diabetes epidemics, as long as the cash keeps rolling in to one of the nation’s premier purveyors of white flour and cheese?” the organization’s website chides scathingly.

Fast-food restaurants are of course prime contenders on the organization’s list of calorie-offenders, but they’re not the only transgressors hiding a shocking nutritional upset. The counts are in, and these are this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards.

Worst Visceral Effects: Chili’s Ultimate Steakhouse Combo

Calories: 2,440

Least Original Breakfast: IHOP Cheeseburger Omelette With Pancakes, Butter, and Syrup

Calories: 1,990

Worst Adapted Pasta: The Cheesecake Factory Pasta Napoletana

Calories: 2,310

Worst Cheese in a Leading Role: Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger With Fries

Calories: 1,950

Worst Original Appetizer: Dave & Buster’s Carnivore Pizzadilla

Calories: 1,970

Most Damage From a Supporting Vegetable: Texas Roadhouse 16 oz. Prime Rib, Loaded Sweet Potato, Caesar Salad

Calories: 2,820

Worst Cocktail Design: The Cheesecake Factory Flying Gorilla

Calories: 950

Most Ridiculous Ending: Uno Pizzeria & Grill Ridiculously Awesome, Insanely Large Chocolate Cake

Calories: 1,740

Here’s the thing, though. No one’s buying an alcoholic, Flying Gorilla milkshake with the intention of sipping on something slimming. Despite the fact that restaurants are selling these items, they aren’t instructing or advising consumers to eat the entire meal in one sitting, or to eat these meals every day.

This list, along with other critical takes on indulgent restaurant offerings, calls to mind a controversial health debate: Is it morally wrong for restaurants to sell high-calorie, indulgent meals, or is it perfectly okay to allow consumers to make their own responsible choices?

Attendees of these restaurants have complete autonomy over their orders and their decisions. Yet many organizations continue to pressure restaurants to impose exclusively “healthy” lower-calorie meals and, essentially, diets on consumers.

Occasional indulgence is not only exhibited as a perfectly healthy part of the average person’s diet, but is actually beneficial to health outcomes. Nyree Dardarian, director of the Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance Coordination at Drexel University advised readers of Time to indulge occasionally. “When you put rules and restrictions on something, you’re only going to want it more,” she says. Diets and recommendations to limit dessert to just once a week or on special occasions often fail — and this is exactly why.

So are governmental regulations and diet-police organizations like the CSPI really the answer? Restrictions and limits on indulgent foods often backfire, resulting in poorer health outcomes in the long run. Judging from the real science — rather than the fear-based, emotional messaging distributed by this organization — putting America on a diet might not be the solution we’re looking for to the public health crisis.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't sit down to eat a 12-piece bucket of Original Recipe KFC all by themselves, but the Cheesecake Factory crams about that many calories into a single serving of its Crispy Chicken Costoletta at 2,610 calories.

To put these numbers into context, a typical adult should consume about 2,000 calories and no more than 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Included in the latest "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter were:

-- IHOP's Country Fried Steak & Eggs combo has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. It consists of deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes and two buttermilk pancakes.

-- Johnny Rockets' Bacon Cheddar Double burger has 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. The chain's Big Apple Shake -- a milkshake that contains a slice of apple pie -- has 1,140 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and about 13 teaspoons of added sugar. This meal delivers a total of 3,500 calories.

-- The Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has 4 cups of pasta Cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat and butter and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping. It has a day's worth of calories at 1,980, three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams and two days' worth of sodium at 3,110 mg.


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