PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A breakfast that would require seven hours of swimming laps to burn off. A meal with four days worth of sodium.
These are just a couple of the “winners” of this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards from the Center for Science Conducted in the Public Interest, an annual report that ranks the most unhealthy meals and menu items from restaurant chains across the country.
In 2014, the Cheesecake Factory took three of the nine top “honors.” One of the items, the 2,800 calorie Bruleed French Toast, has five days worth saturated fat and 24 teaspoons of sugar. Another, the Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic, is 2,400 calories – the equivalent of a five-hour jog.
“Would you eat 14 slices of Aunt Jemima frozen Homestyle French Toast stuffed with 2½ (8 oz.) tubs of Kraft Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese Spread? Well, you pretty much just did,” the Xtreme Eating report says of the decadent French toast.
“The Cheesecake Factory remains the most calorically extreme chain that we’ve seen,” adds CSPI dietitian Paige Einstein on the website.
And when it comes to a “Monster Meal,” burger chain Red Robin earned the heavyweight title. Its A.1 Peppercorn burger served with “Bottomless Steak Fries” and a salted caramel milkshake clocks in at 3,540 calories – two days’ worth – and four days’ worth of sodium. The Center for Science Conducted in the Public Interest says you’d have to walk for 12 hours to burn the meal off.
“Two out of three American adults are overweight or obese and one in 10 adults has diabetes, thanks in part to The Cheesecake Factory, Chevys Fresh Mex, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and much of the rest of America’s chain restaurant industry,” Einstein says.
Of course, it is National Cheesecake Day, so the Cheesecake Factory does have that going for it. Just don’t order the the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake — just one slice would take four and a half hours of aerobics to burn off!
To read the report, click here.
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