Extreme Calories at Chain Restaurants Near Holmdel and Hazlet

Looking to cut calories? Avoid these chain restaurant dishes.

If you're currently craving a country fried steak or loaded french fries, think again. Satisfying the craving may ruin your 2013 diet for the year. 

According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, major chain restaurants across the nation are piling on the carbs and calories, despite the national obesity rate leveling off.

"It's as if IHOP, The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano's Little Italy, and other major restaurant chains are scientifically engineering these extreme meals with the express purpose of promoting obesity, diabetes, and heart disease," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson in a news release. "You'd think that the size of their profits depended on their increasing the size of your pants."

Wondering what to avoid near Holmdel and Hazlet? Here's what CSPI found:

  • IHOP Country Fried Steak and Eggs: deep-fried steak with gravy, two fried eggs, deep-fried potatoes, and two buttermilk pancakes. The math: 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 mg of sodium, and 11 teaspoons of added sugar. 
    CSPI officials said, "That's like having five McDonald's Egg McMuffins sprinkled with 10 packets of sugar."
  • Chili's Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs with Shiner Bock BBQ Sauce: The math: 1,660 calories, 39 grams of saturated fat, and 5,025 milligrams of sodium. Add the fries at 400 calories and the cinnamon apples and you get 2,330 calories, 45 grams of sat fat, and 6,490 mg of sodium.
  • Johnny Rocket's Bacon Cheddar Double: The math: 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. Eat the sweet potato fries and you're adding 590 calories.

"Not only do Americans deserve to know what they're eating, but, as our Xtreme Eating 'winners' clearly indicate, lives are at stake," Jacobson said. "And perhaps when calories become mandatory on menus, chains will begin innovating in a healthier direction, instead of competing with each other to make Americans heavier and sicker."

boom January 23, 2013 at 06:48 PM
nobody is making anyone eat these...go away nanny state!
Gayle Casas January 23, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Here's an interesting article from Wired dating back to November 2008 that illustrates the impact of government subsidies on obesity: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/11/fast-food-anoth/
Jack N. Coke January 23, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Stop with your nanny state nonsense - just like the people who insist on living in flood zones and then want the government to bail them out - these obese people want health care not to mention handicap plates and little electric cars to drive around in - public health issues need to be dealt with by the government if we are going to provide health care to these slobs - no difference than tobacco.
Tom Lucas January 24, 2013 at 05:16 PM
I think by listing the stats on the menu you at least allow people to make an informed decision. After that it's up to them.
Jennifer January 25, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Well, I think it is good to know what the lower calorie options are, but then again, don't most people already know that? I mean, if you are calorie conscious, have two eggs over and toast at IHOP, or one of the simpler salads at Chilis. And if you are eating at Johnny rockets, well, it won't kill you if you normally eat better. Personally I rarely eat out, so when I do, if I want ribs, I will have ribs and not worry about the sodium or calories, because overall my diet is fine.


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