The Center For Science in the Public Interest is an advocacy group dedicated to improving the health of this nation. According to their website their mission is stated as follows:
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.
They recently posted a list called the 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards. In it they cite the extreme caloric content of foods found in common restaurant chain meals. You might be amazed at how much you’re eating when you visit some of these very popular chains. Below is the list.
This behemoth has 920 calories! And that’s just the burger! Add in fries and a drink (and who doesn’t) and you very well might have a whole day’s worth of calories at lunch. For a little perprective on this, one egg, for example, has about 70 calories in it. Eating this burger (yes, just the burger) would be like eating a baker’s dozen eggs. You wouldn’t do that would you?
This is truly amazing. This bad boy is 1,670 calories. It’s dessert which implies you’ve already eaten an entire meal. Suppose your meal had a respectable 400 calories in it. The desert would push you over 2,000 calories for a single meal. I’m assuming you’d like to eat again during that day which would push you way over the top. I’m not a huge calorie counting guy because eating food is a hormonal process and getting a hold of the hormones is what is critical to long term health. But when we’re talking about these kinds of excesses calories matter. One cannot consume 4,000-5,000 calories per day and expect to be healthy.
This guy sounds healthy on the surface. It touts all the fresh vegetables that it contains. The caloric content is through the roof. The individual size contains 1,440 calories and that’s without steak or chicken on it.
Carbohydrate heaven! If you’ve read my blog before you know that I’m not a huge fan of carbohydrate laden meals. This one definitely fits that mold. This ridiculous dish contains 2,500 calories! That’s one meal. Depending on your activity level, a day of 2,500 calories might not be that bad. But 2,500 in one meal is entirely too high.
Chinese food is notorious for hidden calories and excess. This is no different. This contains 1,820 calories for a single serving. The problem with these foods is that they don’t look like they have that many calories in them. True, they are large servings but they’re not something most people can’t sit down and finish in one meal. They sneak in the calories.
This doesn’t sound that bad on the surface. Lamb is generally good for you. But this one is not. The problem with this one is that the sides are outrageously high in calorie. The lamb is “served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal veggies.” However, the total caloric content for this meal is 1,820 calories. Again, this is so sneaky you wouldn’t even know you were getting this many calories unless you looked it up before you went to the restaurant!
Seafood is healthy, right!? Sometimes, but not this guy. It packs 1,790 calories for an individual serving. I like shrimp and crab just as much as the next guy but not for 1,800 calories.
Oh California Pizza Kitchen. You’ve made the list 3 times. You are clearly not concerned about anyone’s health. This is another pasta dish that pack a wallop. It has 1,350 calories, and that’s without a protein source. Pasta is one of those things that has been touted as healthy because it’s low in fat but rarely are those dishes actually healthy. It is a common mistake that many people make when they go to a restaurant.
These look like desert. They should be desert and they should be about 75% smaller. It contains 1,380 calories. It’s loaded with nothing but refined carbohydrate and sugar. A sure recipe for increasing your insulin levels beyond anything nature ever intended. Eat this every morning and you’ll have diabetes in no time flat.