A new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest has identified the unhealthiest restaurant meals in America.
The center’s nutrition experts reviewed menus at 200 restaurant chains in the US to find the meals heaviest in calories, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar for its annual “Xtreme Eating” list.
Restaurants that made the list include The Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse, and Red Lobster.
Here’s the list, ranked lowest to highest by calories.
9. The Cheesecake Factory: Warm Apple Crisp (1,740 calories)
This decadent dessert has two scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, and apple crumble. It has 48 grams of saturated fat and 32 teaspoons of sugar.
8. IHOP: Chorizo Fiesta Omelette. (1,990 calories)
The egg dish is “loaded with spicy chorizo sausage, roasted peppers, onions and pepper jack cheese, then topped with a citrus chilli sauce & sour cream,” according to the report. It also comes with three buttermilk pancakes.
When you account for four tablespoons of syrup on the pancakes, the calories come to 1,990, with 42 grams of saturated fat, 4,840 milligrams of sodium, and 1,035 milligrams of cholesterol.
7. Sonic: Pineapple Upside Down Master Blast (2,020 calories)
This drinkable dessert comes with vanilla ice cream, pineapple, salted caramel and pie crust pieces. A large contains2,020 calories, and 61 grams of saturated fat and 29 teaspoons of added sugar.
6. Uno Pizzeria & Grill: The “2 For $US12 Pick & Choose” menu (2,300 calories)
Uno’s “2 for $US12” deal lets customers choose from five salads, four pastas, and three pizzas. Combining the Baked Ziti & Sausage Pasta and a small Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza results in 2,300 calories, 49 grams of saturated fat, and 5,420 mg of sodium.
5. The Cheesecake Factory: Louisiana Chicken Pasta (2,370 calories)
This dish weights 1.5 pounds and comes with “heavily breaded” chicken, according to the report.
“Add the New Orleans sauce (butter and heavy cream), and your plate is up to 2,370 calories (more than a day’s worth), plus 80 grams of saturated fat (a four-day supply) and 2,370 milligrams of sodium (1.5 days’ worth). For those numbers, you could have had two Fettuccine Alfredos plus two breadsticks at Olive Garden.”
4. Outback Steakhouse: Herb Roasted Prime Rib (2,400 calories)
The 16-ounce prime rib that comes with this dish contains 1,400 calories. Sides of a dressed baked potato and wedge salad bring the meal to 2,400 calories,71 grams of saturated fat, and 3,560 milligrams of sodium.
3. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: 3 Meat Plate (2,500 calories)
This meal comes with three meats and two sides. Combining thePolish sausage, pork ribs, beef brisket, fried onion tanglers, and macaroni and cheese results in 2,500 calories.
2. Steak ‘n Shake: 7×7 Steakburger ‘n Fries with a chocolate fudge brownie milkshake (2,530 calories)
The 7×7 Steakburger is massive. It contains a whopping seven beef patties for a total of 1,330 calories. A small order of fries and chocolate fudge brownie milkshake brings the meal to a total of 2,530 calories. The meal also has68 grams of saturated fat, 5,060 mg of sodium and 26 teaspoons of sugar
1. Red Lobster: “Create Your Own Combination” meal (2,710 calories)
Picking three shrimp dishes — Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt’s Favourite Shrimp, and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo — to go with the Caesar salad, fries, and a cheddar biscuit that are part of this meal brings the total calorie count to 2,710. Adding a Lobsterita, the chain’s 890-calorie margarita, brings the total to 3,600 calories.
“It’s like eating an 8-piece bucket of KFC Original Recipe chicken with four sides of mashed potatoes with gravy, four pieces of corn on the cob, and eight packets of ‘buttery spread,'” the report says.
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