The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has examined various restaurant meals and released a list of nine most fattening restaurant meals this week. CSPI has been in news for a while. Last week CSPI threatened to sue Mc Donalds for their Happy Meal. We have been hearing again and again that obesity is one of the major health conditions in US. On an average two out of three adults and one out of three children are overweight in US. It’s a pretty big number and a major concern for health experts. 2010 CSPI list has the following meals that are excessive fattening and can lead to overweight, obesity and life threatening conditions:
1. Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger Meal
Jumbo-sized meals promote “caloric extremism,” according to a CSPI news release. One meaty example is the Bacon Cheeseburger Meal from Five Guys. The burger alone has 30 grams of saturated fat and 920 calories — the equivalent of two Quarter Pounders from rival burger chain McDonald’s. A large order of fries adds 1,460 calories.
By the Numbers: 2,380 cal – more than the 2,000–calorie daily limit for most adults.
2. Outback Rack of Lamb Meal
The New Zealand Rack of Lamb at Outback Steak House also qualifies for the list. The rack is equal to about eight lamb chops and comes with garlic mashed potatoes, wine sauce, and buttered veggies. The lamb with sauce has 60 grams of saturated fat, triple the daily limit.
By the Numbers: 1,820 cal; 80 g sat. fat; 2,600 mg sodium.
3. California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza
Although California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza have some healthier ingredients like black beans and shredded lettuce, but the dish with Grilled Steak makes to the fattening meal list. Just the crust of this “personal” pizza packs 400 calories.
By the Numbers: 1,680 cal; 32 g sat. fat; 3,300 mg sodium.
4. California Pizza Kitchen Pesto Penne
Second one from CPK in top five. Wow! Pesto sauce usually contains heart-healthy olive oil, but this dish also contains loads of cream. That contributes to the surprisingly high saturated fat content, more than twice the daily limit.
By the Numbers: 1,350 cal; 49 g sat. fat; 1,920 mg sodium.
5. Cheesecake Factory Pasta
I personally like the ambience at the Cheesecake Factory. Pasta Carbonara with Chicken provides 25% more calories than many adults should consume in a whole day. Bacon and cream sauce help boost the saturated fat content to about four times the daily limit.
By the Numbers: 2,500 cal; 85 g sat....
6. Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower
The Chocolate Truffle Tower Cake is the most fattening among all the cakes at the Cheesecake Factory, according to CSPI. Well that’s what this place is for, Cheese cakes right! One slice weighs three-quarters of a pound. Splitting an order with a friend could limit the damage, but would still approach nearly 900 calories. Surprisingly this cheese cake has fewer calories than its Pasta Carbonara, which is counter intuitive to me!
By the Numbers: 1,670 cal; 48 g sat. fat.
7. Bob Evans Stuffed Hotcakes
The Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes draw extra scorn from CSPI. The meal includes sugary “chips,” cream-cheese-flavored filling, cream sauce, and whipped topping. Although the menu says Bob Evans uses cooking oil with no trans fat, CSPI found the hotcake mix to be loaded with the stuff. Is FDA planning to regulate this discrepancy?
By the Numbers: 1,380 cal; 27 g sat. fat; 7 g trans fat.
8. PF Chang Pan-Fried Noodles Combo
Here are the numbers, according to CSPI for pan-fried noodles from PF chang:
By the Numbers: 1,820 cal; 7,690 mg sodium — five times the daily limit
9. Chevy’s Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla
These “Frisbee-size” white-flour tortillas are stuffed with cheese and cream sauce and topped with guacamole and sour cream, says CSPI. Like many of the dishes on the Xtreme Eating list, this quesadilla offers nearly a full day’s worth of calories in a single meal. CSPI has challenged restaurants to remove wildly indulgent meals from their menus, or at least print the calorie count.
By the Numbers: 1,790 cal; 63 g sat. fat; 3,440 mg sodium.
In my view this is a very good and crucial step taken by CSPI in order to provide awareness among people as to how many calories do they consume from their favorite meal. Restaurants should work on their dishes to make it healthier for people or should provide a menu with calories, if dishes exceed the daily limit of calories. I believe this way people would be a better judge to choose as what is a right dish for their taste bud and what might be an appropriate choice for their health.