Food Is Not Your Enemy

Xtreme Eating Awards 2009

Would you like an entrée with your entrée?

“Xtreme appetizers, entrées, and desserts at America’s chain restaurants are making Americans fatter and sicker, and the trendy thing for chains to do is to make already bad foods even worse. Bacon cheeseburgers come nestled inside quesadillas. Half racks of ribs are promoted as side orders to steak. Golf-ball-size blobs of macaroni and cheese are tossed in the deep-fryer and served with creamy marinara sauce and even more cheese.”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has just come out with its Xtreme Eating Awards 2009, in which the advocacy group “honors” the chain-restaurant dishes with the most calories, fat, and salt. And let me tell you, it is completely shocking just how many calories some of this stuff has. The Cheesecake Factory Chicken and Biscuits? 2,500 calories. That’s more calories than you should be consuming all day.

These awards make it very clear why posting calorie counts on menus is a good thing–would you really order the chicken and biscuits if you knew it was that much of a calorie bomb?