8 of the Most Fattening Restaurant Meals of 2019

8 of the Most Fattening Restaurant Meals of 2019
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Imagine sitting down to a breakfast of 11 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts. Even if you have an incurable sweet tooth, that probably sounds like a bit much.

But at least nutritionally, ordering a breakfast of The Cheesecake Factory’s Cinnamon Roll Pancakes is no different from gorging on all those doughnuts, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

For that reason, The Cheesecake Factory meal is among eight restaurant delicacies that have earned the dubious honor of a 2019 Xtreme Eating Award from CSPI.

Each year, the nonprofit releases a list of restaurant meals that qualify for such an award based on their unimpressive nutritional content.

CSPI spares no ugly detail when describing what’s wrong with each of these meals. Here is the list of this year’s winners:

The Cheesecake Factory’s Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

This meal contains 137 grams of total sugar — and CSPI estimates that total “is all or nearly all added sugar.”

  • A day’s worth of calories (2,040)
  • Two and a half days’ worth of saturated fat (51 grams)
  • More than a day’s worth of sodium (2,950 milligrams)
  • Almost three days’ worth of added sugar

It’s like eating: 11 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts

Topgolf’s Injectable Doughnut Holes

This treat is served with syringes “so you can inject chocolate, raspberry jelly, and/or Bavarian cream goo into each donut hole,” CSPI says.

  • A day’s worth of calories (1,970)
  • Nearly two days’ worth of saturated fat (37 grams)
  • Nearly a day’s worth of sodium (1,880 milligrams)
  • Two days’ worth of added sugar

It’s like eating: Four Burger King Double Cheeseburgers plus a large Coke

Jimmy John’s Giant Gargantuan

This sandwich is “by far the saltiest of the 2019 winners,” CSPI says.

  • A day’s worth of calories (2,190)
  • A day and a half’s saturated fat (29 grams)
  • More than three days’ worth of sodium (7,720 milligrams)

It’s like eating: Three Subway Cold Cut Combo footlong subs

Chili’s The Boss Burger

The meats in this sandwich — smoked brisket, rib meat, jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage, bacon — “boost the risk of colorectal cancer,” CSPI says.

  • A day’s worth of calories (2,020)
  • More than two days’ worth of saturated fat (47 grams)
  • Nearly two days’ worth of sodium (3,900 milligrams)

It’s like eating: Three McDonald’s Triple Cheeseburgers plus a large order of fries

Sonic’s Oreo Peanut Butter Master Shake

CSPI offers a rundown of unhealthy items in this treat, including “real ice cream mixed with rich peanut butter and Oreos into a thick and creamy shake, finished with whipped topping and a cherry.”

  • A day’s worth of calories (1,720)
  • More than two days’ worth of saturated fat (48 grams)
  • More than a day’s worth of added sugar (62 grams)

It’s like eating: 15 Oreos blended with half a cup of lard

Cracker Barrel’s Country Boy Breakfast

CSPI singles out the add-ons — biscuits, gravy, butter and jam — as contributing to the meal’s dubious nutritional value.

  • Nearly a day’s worth of calories (1,530)
  • More than a day’s worth of saturated fat (25 grams)
  • Two days’ worth of sodium (4,730 milligrams)

It’s like eating: Three McDonald’s Egg McMuffins plus four hash browns

Maggiano’s Today & Tomorrow Pastas

CSPI notes that this meal — which allows you to order one meal for today and a second for tomorrow — is a double dose of trouble.

  • Nearly a day’s worth of calories (1,760)
  • Two days’ worth of saturated fat (41 grams)
  • More than a day’s worth of sodium (2,990 milligrams)

It’s like eating: 3 Pizza Hut Personal Pan Cheese Pizzas

Dave & Buster’s Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Chefs here turn “white flour, sugar, and other ‘better’ ingredients” into more than a day’s worth of calories, CSPI laments.

  • More than a day’s worth of calories (2,340)
  • Two days’ worth of saturated fat (38 grams)
  • More than a day’s worth of sodium (3,420 milligrams)
  • Two days’ worth of added sugar (estimated 98 grams)

It’s like eating: Eight Eggo waffles plus eight Jimmy Dean pork sausage patties doused in a half-cup of maple syrup.

Poring over the gory details of these “hall of shame” meals can be amusing, but the end result is deadly serious. As CSPI senior nutritionist Lindsay Moyer says:

“With a third of our calories eaten away from home, restaurant meals warp our perspective of what constitutes a normal serving, and contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.”

Will you steer clear of the meals on this list? Or is life too short not to dig into your favorites? Sound off in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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