Most Unhealthy Restaurant Meals Revealed

Chances are you’re an “Xtreme Eater” and don’t even know it.

Thought you were making a healthier choice by sitting down to dine on The Cheesecake Factory’s Farmhouse Cheeseburger instead ordering a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder from the drive-thru? Wrong! Chowing down on the Farmhouse Cheeseburger is actually the same as eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with cheese and four if you plan on eating French fries.

The burger is topped with grilled smoked pork belly, cheddar cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg and boasts 1,530 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat and 3,210 milligrams of sodium.

The Center for Science in the Public Interests (CSPI), that conducted the study, points out that the average person should limit themselves to about 2,000 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat, and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

“It’s as if the restaurants were targeting the remaining one out of three Americans who are still normal weight in order to boost their risk of obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer,” said CSPI nutrition director Bonnie Liebman.

Still craving something sweet? Adding The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake to the mix will cost you another 1,540 calories and 59 grams of saturated fat. That’s about the same as one Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza and two Quarter Pounders with cheese.

More on the Xtreme Eating 2011 Awards from “Today”:

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The Cheesecake Factory was dishonored with two Xtreme Eating 2011 Awards for sky-high fat and sodium content, but what other restaurants and their fatty meals made the list?

– Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt
Description from CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter: “Four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread.”
Nutrition Facts: 1,260 calories, 21 grams of saturated fat and 3,010 mg of sodium
Equivalent: Two Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizzas

– Cold Stone Creamery PB&C Shake, “Gotta Have It” size
Description from “Chocolate Ice Cream, Skim Milk & Peanut Butter”
Nutrition Facts: 2,010 calories and 68 grams saturated fat
Equivalent: Two 16-oz. T-bone steaks plus a buttered baked potato

– Applebee’s Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine
Description from “Provolone cheese-stuffed meatballs braised in a rich marinara sauce with a hint of crushed red pepper, layered over tender fettuccine pasta lightly blended with Parmesan cream sauce. Served with toasted garlic bread.”
Nutrition Facts: 1,520 calories, 43 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 mg of sodium
Equivalent: Two Applebee’s 12-oz. Ribeye Steaks and a side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For more shocking food facts, check out the report in its entirety, here.

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