Yes calories count, especially in big numbers
Center for Science in the Public Interest anounces 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 (nicely summarized by FoodNavigator), but let’s just look at calories.
- Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt 1,260
- The Cheesecake Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger 1,530 (1,900 with fries)
- IHOP Bacon ’N Beef Cheeseburger 1,250 (plus 620 for onion rings)
- Cold Stone Creamery PB&C Shake 2,010
- Applebee’s Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs With Fettuccine 1,520
- The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake 1,540
- The Steakhouse (Morton’s) Porterhouse Steak and mash 1,390 for the steak; 850 for the mash
- Great Steak extra large King Fries 1,500
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.