Extreme Eats: 8 of America's Least Healthy Restaurant Menu Items

By Marion Nestle

Burgers aren't the only bad guys. Milkshakes, cheesecake, and giant steaks are among the worst obesity offenders, too.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest announces its Xtreme Eating Awards and describes them in detail in the latest issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.

Xtreme Eating gives the numbers for calories, saturated fat, and sodium in each of the unhealthy foods it selected (nicely summarized by FoodNavigator), but let's just look at the foods themselves and the calories in each.

These, it should be evident, are substantial fractions of the 2,000 to 3,000 calories most people need in a day. And these numbers don't include the additional calories from drinks and anything else that's added.

CSPI gets sarcastic: "Let's get one thing clear: Restaurants have nothing to do with the nation's obesity epidemic. It's not their fault that two out of three adults and one out of three children are either overweight or obese."

Are the numbers accurate? My July 20 JAMA hasn't arrived yet but I hear that it has an article saying that the calorie numbers posted on restaurant menu boards seem close enough.

If an item says it's 1,500 calories, it probably is. Best to share with friends.


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Images: Courtesy of the CSPI

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