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Announcing the 2011 Xtreme Eating Awards – the 8 highest calorie restaurant menu items

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For the past few years, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has been monitoring what restaurants have been serving, as a way to inform the public about the horrors that await them when eating wonderful, delicious restaurant food.

Web Watch, like you, loves cheese.

We apparently didn’t know that adding cheese to any meal is typically a no-no when it comes to eliminating fat and calories from one’s diet.   So we’re torn – cheese tastes good, but it’s bad for you. 

Oh well – maybe we’ll just have one or two small bites, then set the rest of these phenomenally sounding meals away to snack on later.  Can’t let all that cheese go to waist, can we?  (See what we did there?  Looks like we mispelled “waste” as “waist”.  Ha!)

So here are the EIGHT “WINNERS” of the 2011 XTREME EATING AWARDS from the CSPI:

  • Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt:  Four fried mozzarella sticks stuffed into a grilled cheese sandwich.  The platter with fries has 1,260 calories and 3,010mg of sodium
  • Cheesecake Factory’s Farmhouse Cheeseburger: a bacon cheeseburger topped with mayonnaise and a fried egg brings you 1,530 calories and 3,210mg of sodium. 
  • Coldstone Creamery’s PB&C Shake: Web Watch has covered this in the past when we talked about Losing Weight by Changing Drinking Habits.  Then, this was called the “Worst Drink in America”, or the equivalent of drinking 68 slices of bacon.  We’ll assume that things haven’t changed.
  • Applebee’s Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine.  According to the CSPI, meatballs as “never diet food”.  1,520 calories later, you may be agreeing with them.

Read about the other four items to make the list in the Nurition Action Healthletter on their website, including their analysis of how a single steak dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse can be the equivalent of eating an entire 8-piece bucket of KFC Original Recipe friend chicken and accompanying sides.