Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen Win Xtreme Eating Awards

Kim Conte
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That's it. I'm never eating out again -- not after health and nutrition group The Center for Science in the Public Interest Group announced its 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards. I've actually been to most of these places!

Some of the worst offenders on the list include:

  • The Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Carbonara With Chicken, which has 2,500 calories and 85 grams of saturated fat (more than one should consume in four days).
  • California Pizza Kitchen's Tostada Pizza With Grilled Steak, which has 1,680 calories, 32 grams of saturated fat, and more than two days' worth (3,300 mg) of sodium.
  • Bob Evans’ Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes, which has 1,380 calories and 34 grams of saturated fat -- and that's not even counting the syrup.
  • P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo, which has 1,820 calories and a whopping 7,690 milligrams of sodium.

Anyone else about to vomit? These dishes make the Double Down look like it should be on a spa menu, served with cucumber water.

And before you post a comment calling me a whiny socialist, let me just say that no amount of eating in moderation would ever make these disgusting dishes acceptable.

I'm not saying we have to boycott these popular restaurant chains -- hardly. But let's use a little discretion when ordering off their menus. There's plenty of tasty pizza, pastas, and cheesecake to be had at these places -- just not the ones that could single-handedly feed a family of four for the weekend.

To see the rest of the Xtreme Eating Award list, click the link above.

Have you ever had any of these items?


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