“And the Award for the Worst Restaurant Food Goes to…”
Center for Science in Public Interest
When you sit down at your favorite chain restaurant you probably expect good service and a reasonably nutritious and tasty meal. You’re probably not counting on consuming fat, calories, and sugar equivalent to several fast-food dinners stacked on top of one another, but sadly, that is often the case. To showcase the need for calorie labeling in chain restaurants, the Center for Science in Public Interest released the “winners” of their 2013 XTreme Eating Awards today. Some of the worst dishes include a 3,000-calorie plate of pasta from The Cheesecake Factory and a breakfast platter from IHOP that is the equivalent of eating 5 McDonald’s Egg McMuffins, sprinkled with 10 packets of sugar!
“It’s as if IHOP, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and other major restaurant chains are scientifically engineering these extreme meals with the express purpose of promoting obesity, diabetes, and heart disease,” says Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of Center for Science in the Public Interest. Americans deserve to know what they’re eating, and hopefully when calories become mandatory on menus, chains will begin to make food that is healthier, he says.
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