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Where Eating Will Kill Your Diet: Restaurant Awards

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Eating at some of America's best-known restaurant chains can pack a day's worth of calories into just one dish, USA Today reported.

The consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest announced on Tuesday its 2009 Xtreme Eating Awards for dishes that it said are loaded with calories and artering-clogging saturated fats.

Some of the worst offenders, according to USA Today:

* Applebee's Quesadilla Burger, which packs 1,820 calories, 46 grams of saturated fat and 4,410 milligrams of sodium.

* Chili's Big Mouth Bites, with 2,350 calories, 38 grams of saturated fat and 3,940 milligrams of sodium.
* Uno Chicago Grill's Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae, with 2,800 calories and 72 grams of saturated fat.
* Olive Garden's Tour of Italy, providing 1,450 calories, 33 grams of saturated fat and 3,830 milligrams of sodium.
* The Cheesecake Factory's Chicken and Biscuits, with 2,500 calories.

"It's as if restaurants are on a mission to make bad food even worse," said Jayne Hurley, a CSPI nutritionist. "Fifteen years ago, restaurant entrees might top out at 1,000 calories, and now we are finding them in the 2,000 calories range."

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Wow, that's a lot of calories in one meal! We have to wonder what restaurants are doing to us. Not only are they packing in the calories but also the salt. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released in May a list of popular restaurant meals and the levels of salt in them. It was as shocking as the calories!


I applaud the CSPI for the investigation into foods that they do. Keep it up!

June 3, 2009 - 9:17pm
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