Cheesecake Factory “Food Porn”

A sign for The Cheesecake Factory restaurant is pictured in Glendale

This a RANT:

A Cheesecake Factory pasta dish with more than 3,000 calories – or more than an entire day of the recommended calorie intake for an average adult – is #1 on this year’s Xtreme Eating list of the most unhealthy dishes at U.S. chain restaurants. Their Bistro Shrimp Pasta, made with a butter and cream sauce and topped with fried shrimp, has 3,120 calories and about 89gr of saturated fat with 1,090mg of sodium. Yikes!!

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer-focused nonprofit group promoting healthier eating, compiles an annual list of “food porn” to alert consumers to menu items with eye-popping levels of calories, saturated fat, sugar and/or sodium. “This Pasta’s like eating three orders of Olive Garden’s Lasagna Classico plus an order of tiramisu for dinner!” CSPI said.

The 2013 list of restaurants in the hot seat was released last Wednesday.

CSPI for years has used the “bad awards” to raise awareness and drum up support for calorie disclosure on restaurant menus – something larger chains soon will be required to do under the U.S. health reform law.

As some of you may know, Cheesecake Factory is known for its ample portions and wide selection of decadent cheesecakes – many which, shockingly enough, weigh in at around 1,000 calories a slice. Ouch.

Other Xtreme Eating winners for 2013 include:

Johnny Rockets: A single Bacon Cheddar Double Hamburger comes in at 1,770 calories, 50gr of saturated fat and 2,380mg of sodium. For comparison, THREE Quarter Pounders with Cheese from McDonald’s have 1,570 calories total.

Smoothie King: Their 40-ouncePeanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie has 1,460 calories and 22 tsp of added sugar plus 29 tsp of naturally occurring sugar!

Maggiano’s Little Italy: One slice of their Chocolate Zuccotto Cake weighs nearly one pound and has 1,820 calories and 62gr of saturated fat – or the equivalent of 15 Hostess Ho Hos!!!

Better hit the gym after eating any of these selections! 🙂

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