Calorie bombs away! The worst chain restaurant dishes are...
January 16th, 2013
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Shrimp pasta, steak and eggs, maybe a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger.

Sound good?

Those dishes, as prepared by restaurant chains, may look and taste good, but they're loaded with calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar - enough to earn them the dubious distinction of being named Xtreme Eating "dis-honorees" on this year's list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, known as the CSPI.

For the last six years, the CSPI has released Xtreme Eating Awards winners in its Nutrition Action Healthletter.

But "we think this year that this is the worst of some of the worst," said Jayne Hurley, CSPI senior nutritionist. "They top the list for being extremely high in calories, saturated fat and salt or sugar."

Hurley, who has been analyzing restaurant foods since 1993, went through the menus of more than 200 chain restaurants looking for nutritional information.

To find out all nine finalists for 2013, read the full story - Gut-busting restaurant meals named 'dis-honorees' - on CNN Health.

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  1. Ann

    I really am surprised that the shrimp pasta is THAT bad. As for the rest of them – it's mostly about portion size.

    Chicken costoletta – If they'd add more asparagus, it would easily be a meal for 3. One of those chicken breasts is plenty, and the potatoes look like a mountain.

    No one – NO ONE – needs a double burger, particularly with bacon on it. Same for an 18 oz steak, or a 40 oz (more than a quart is a "snack?" Really?) smoothie. As for the breakfast combo – here's a hint: If all your food doesn't even fit on one plate, it's probably more than you should be eating for dinner, let alone breakfast.

    January 17, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply
  2. Faddy McFatphat

    Waddya know! Nothing from McD's menu made the list.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply

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