Five ‘Xtreme’ Meals in America
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is a non-profit watchdog and consumer advocacy organization based in Washington D.C., released a short list of some of the unhealthiest meals in America. The Xtreme Eating Awards for 2014 looked at meals from more than 200 chain restaurants. The group had focused on the meals' calorie, fat, sugar and salt content.
"When we were screening candidates for the first Xtreme Eating awards in 2007, we were shocked to see 1,500-calorie entrées," the group said in a statement reported by CBS News. "This year, nearly all of our 'winners' hit (or just missed) the 2,000-calorie mark. And a few doozies topped 3,000 calories. You could take half home and still overeat."
Here are five meals that made it on the list:
1. The Cheesecake Factory's Bruleed French Toast
The Cheesecake Factory's popular breakfast option, the Bruleed French Toast, consists of a custard-filled French toast that is topped with powdered sugar and maple-butter syrup. Customers can get bacon or grilled ham on the side. Even though the meal sounds delicious, it comes with 2,780 calories, 93 grams of saturated fat, 2,230 milligrams of sodium and 24 teaspoons of sugar. In order to burn off the calories from the meal, a person would have to swim laps for about seven hours.
2. The Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' A.1. Peppercorn
The A.1. Peppercorn meal consists of a burger that is topped with hardwood-smoked bacon, pepper-jack cheese, tomatoes and crispy onion straws, which are deep-fried breaded onion strips. The meal comes with bottomless steak fries. Customers can also "Make it a Monster" by adding a second beef patty. The burger itself is 1,670 calories and the fries are roughly 370 calories per serving. In total, the meal can be made up of 3,540 calories, 69 grams of saturated fat and 6,280 milligrams of salt. To burn these calories off, people would need to walk briskly for 12 hours.
3. Famous Dave's The Big Slab
The Big Slab meal's main focus is the spareribs that are "slathered with sauce." Each slab has roughly one and a half pounds of meat. The meal comes with two sides and a corn bread muffin. The consumer group calculated a total of 2,770 calories, 54 grams of saturated fat, 4,320 milligrams of sodium and 14 teaspoons of sugar if customers pick the Famous Fries and the Wilbur Beans as sides. In order to burn off these calories, people would need to mow the lawn for seven and a half hours.
4. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse's Signature Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
This nine-inch pizza contains "Grilled garlic chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, jack and cheddar cheese, red onions, diced tomatoes and a drizzle of ranch." Even though the restaurant advertises the pizza as "lightly sauced," it is definitely not light for the stomach. The pizza comes with 2,160 calories, 30 grams of saturated fat and 4,680 milligrams of sodium. To burn that off, people would have to ride their bikes nonstop for five and a half hours.
5. Chevys Fresh Mex's Chevy Super Cinco Combo
This combo meal includes one beef enchilada, a chicken enchilada, a crispy or soft beef taco, a pork tamale and Chile relleno. On the side, customers get "Fresh Mex rice," sweet corn tamalito and a choice of beans a la charra, refried beans with bacon, or vegetarian-style black beans. The meal contains a total of 1,920 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat and 3,950 milligrams of sodium. These nutrition counts did not include the free basket of chips and salsa that are provided at the beginning of the meal. To get rid of the calories from this meal, people would have to play three and a half hours of singles tennis.
These are just five of the nine meals that made it on the list. For the complete list, click here.