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9 worst restaurant meals in America

Restaurants around the country are making it almost impossible to live by the mantra "moderation in all things." The Xtreme Eating Awards for 2014 are in and you can blow a days' or weeks’ worth of calories by ordering a single entrée.
Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL Modified: August 1, 2014 at 8:27 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014
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Restaurants around the country are making it almost impossible to live by the mantra "moderation in all things."

The Xtreme Eating Awards for 2014 are in and you can blow a days' or weeks' worth of calories by ordering a single entrée from crowd-favorites like The Cheesecake Factory or Red Robin.

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest puts out an annual list of the worst restaurant meals in a fight for healthier and safer food. The organization wants to help people avoid 2,500-calorie dinners and 1,500-calorie desserts at chain restaurants found just about anywhere.

"When French toast is ‘Bruléed,’ fries are ‘bottomless,’ and steaks are now garnished with not just one, but two Italian sausages, it’s clear that caloric extremism still rules the roost at many of America’s chain restaurants,” CSPI dietitian Paige Einstein said in a news release. “Two out of 3 American adults are overweight or obese and 1 in 10 adults has diabetes, thanks in part to The Cheesecake Factory, Chevys Fresh Mex, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and much of the rest of America’s chain restaurant industry.”

Here are the worst possible meals you can eat this year at the top 200 chain restaurants in America.

1. Bruleed French Toast, The Cheesecake Factory

Nutrition: 2,780 calories; 93 grams saturated fat (almost a full work week’s worth); 2,230 milligrams sodium; 24 teaspoons sugar

Calorie equivalent: 17 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts

Exercise required to work it off: Five hours moderate swimming

2. Monster Meal, Red Robin: A.1. Peppercorn Gourmet Burger w/ bottomless steak fries and a Monster salted caramel milkshake

Nutrition: 1,670 calories (Monster burger); 370 calories (one serving fries); 1,500 calories (Monster milkshake); total: 3,540 calories

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