Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Xtreme Eating Award Winners are Diet Losers

Source: CSPI (Summary by NIM)

Ever wondered where you could find the worst possible food for your health? It's probably not something you'd deliberately go out and do, so the The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) decided they'd do the dirty work for you. Just released is the list of recipients of the 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards presenting the top five unhealthiest menu items found in America.

The winners of the Xtreme Eating Awards, including the Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang, and Outback Steakhouse, have been presented with this distinguished "honour" for specific menu items that are excessive in calories, fat and/or sodium. Keep in mind that the average individual only needs about 2,000 calories per day, with around 30% of those calories coming from total fat (including healthy fats), and only about 1200 mg of sodium per day.

So, who takes the cake with the worst menu item in America? That would be The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Carbonara with Chicken - With four cups of white-flour pasta, smoked bacon, chicken, and Parmesan cream and butter sauce, this dish rolls in at a heart-stopping 2,500 calories and more than four days worth of saturated fat (85 grams). It’s like eating the chain’s onion-ring-topped Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with French Fries, and a slice of Tiramisu Cheesecake.

Check out the details of the other 'winners' in the article called "And the Envelope, Please: The 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards Go To..." from the CSPI (May 24, 2010).