Eating seven sausage McMuffins from McDonalds at one time probably sounds extreme, but you would get the same amount of calories, salt, and fat from one particular meal at a popular restaurant chain.
“The Cheesecake Factory’s Breakfast Burrito has 2,700 calories and more than 70 grams of saturated fat,” said Lindsay Moyer, nutritionist.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit focused on healthy eating, has released its annual Xtreme Eating Awards.
The awards are less of a compliment and more of a way to make consumers aware of what they’re consuming.
“The Xtreme Eating Awards highlight some of the worst restaurant meals in America. These are dishes that have oftentimes about 2,000 calories or more,” said Moyer.
Like the Bavarian Legend Soft Pretzel at AMC movie theaters. The CSPI says it’s like eating six pretzels from Auntie Anne’s.
Chain restaurants and many other establishments that sell food are required to display calories on menus.
Dietitians say take advantage of that information or simply spread one meal out over several days.
“Planning ahead to split the meal or taking half of it home. Whatever you can do to offset those extra calories,” said Julia Zumpano, registered dietitian.
In a statement, the Cheesecake Factory suggests one meal could serve multiple people: “We love it when guests share. That’s a great sign that our portions are generous.”
But most health groups suggest reining in your calorie count to no more than 2,000 a day.
Other award recipients include the Chili’s Honey-Chipotle Crispers and Waffles, the Cheesecake Factory’s Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style Chicken, and the Yard House’s Vampire Taco Combo.