The Center for Science in the Public Interest releases its "Xtreme Eating Awards"
Topping the list is a meal that weighs in at 3,500 calories
Some restaurants point out they offer healthy options as well
Chain restaurants will soon be required to post calories on their menus
Shrimp pasta, steak and eggs, maybe a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger.
Those dishes, as prepared by restaurant chains, may look and taste good, but they’re loaded with calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar – enough to earn them the dubious distinction of being named Xtreme Eating “dis-honorees” on this year’s list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, known as the CSPI.
For the last six years, the CSPI has released Xtreme Eating Awards winners in its Nutrition Action Healthletter.
But “we think this year that this is the worst of some of the worst,” said Jayne Hurley, CSPI senior nutritionist. “They top the list for being extremely high in calories, saturated fat and salt or sugar.”
Hurley, who has been analyzing restaurant foods since 1993, went through the menus of more than 200 chain restaurants looking for nutritional information.