Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is bigger better ??? America's portions take a rap...

Fancy a heart attack on a plate? Then sit down at some of America's best-loved eateries, says the Xtreme Eating Awards

Last updated at 10:55 AM on 20th November 2010
Some of America’s most popular restaurants have been singled out for a new award - for their gut-busting dishes. 
In a country where food portion sizes seem to be based more on a dare than for nutritional value, many restaurants serve up an entree that could seriously pose a health risk.
Favourite eating spots like the Olive Garden, Outback, P.F. Changs and The Cheesecake Factory all won a gong in the Xtreme Eating Awards. 
They were recognised for serving up dishes that may be rich in flavour but are also weighted down with calories and fat. 
Olive Garden
Mouth-watering: At 1,030 calories, this Arnold Schwarzenegger of appetisers, at the Olive Garden, was singled out by Xtreme Eating Awards
The Centre for Science in the Public Interest, the healthy eating watchdog group that doled out the awards, dubbed the Olive Garden’s 1,030-calorie deep-fried Lasagna Fritta appetizer as ‘food porn’.
A statement by the group said: ‘With two out of three adults - and one out of three children - overweight or obese, you’d think that restaurants would have some interest in keeping their patrons alive and dining out longer. 
‘With mandatory calorie labeling on the horizon for chain restaurants, you’d think that restaurants would be dropping high-calorie items from their menus. 
'Nope. It’s business as usual in the restaurant industry.’
Overkill Down Under: The Australian-themed restaurant chain offers New Zealand lamb with 1,820 calories, 80g of saturated fat and about 2,600mg of sodium
Cheesecake Factory
Taking the cake: The Cheesecake Factory won two 'awards', for its pasta carbonara (2,500 calories, 60g saturated fat) and its chocolate truffle cake (1,670 calories, 48g saturated fat)
Two Cheesecake Factory specials made the list. The pasta carbonara - described as spaghettini with smoked bacon, green peas and a garlic-parmesan cream sauce - is loaded with 2,500 calories and 60g of saturated fat. 
The chocolate truffle cake has 1,670 calories and 48g of saturated fat. 
Five Guys, which has more than 550 locations in 35 states, gets a mention for its 920-calorie cheeseburger, which also has 30 grams of saturated fat, which is the equivalent to about two McDonald’s quarter pounders. 
California Pizza Kitchen boasts a Tostada Pizza with 1,440 calories - while the Doubler Pan-Fried Noodles Combo at P.F. Chang’s carries a whopping 1,820 calories, according to the CSPI. 
Outback doesn’t escape the 'honour' - despite the southern continent of Australia having a reputation for healthy eating.
The Australian-themed steak restaurant has a rack of New Zealand lamb (seemingly without irony, for all you Kiwis out there) with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables that racks up a total of 1,820 calories, 80g of saturated fat and about 2,600mg of sodium.
The other dish with an honourable mention is Chevys’ succulent blue crab and shrimp with roasted corn in spicy habanero-pesto cream sauce with melted cheese in warm flour tortillas.’ 
The platter supposedly packs 1,790 calories and 63g of saturated fat.

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