Extreme calories, extreme fat, extreme sodium, extreme portions…
Would you order a meal if you knew it contained more calories than you should eat all day? That’s what you’ll get if you order a Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger with a large order of fries.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), that meal contains 2,380 calories. To put that in perspective, the USDA recommends a daily caloric intake of 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day for the average person. The burger, without toppings, comes in at 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat. The fries contain a whopping 1,460 calories!
In contrast, a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder has 410 calories and their large fries have about one third the calories of the Five Guys’ large fries. That news flash is messing with my head. McDonalds as the lighter choice? Well, it’s all relative.
Would you believe The Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta Carbonara with Chicken has 2,500 calories? Or that California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Grilled Steak has 1,680 calories, 32 grams of saturated fat and 3,300 milligrams of sodium?
Or that P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo 1,820 calories? That same dish is said to have 7,690 milligrams of sodium — that’s about three teaspoons of salt!
P.F. Chang’s, according to CNN, says that the nutritional information for the Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo is wrong. On its website the dish is listed as having 455 calories and that the serving is intended for four people.
Many restaurants list nutritional information on their websites, but you’ve got to read carefully to understand what one single serving is. Let’s face it — we’ve loss all sense of proportion when it comes to serving size. What used to be a family-size serving platter is often considered a single serving. That doesn’t mean we have to eat it. What ever happened to moderation… or common sense, for that matter.
The CSPI announced it’s Xtreme Eating awards on nine items from seven restaurant chains: And the Envelope, Please: The 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards Go To…
Beware when you eat out. That’s the bottom line. If you’re going to be an extreme eater, you want to know in advance.
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