Monday, December 13, 2010
Worst Food in America?
These foods have earned their distinction not because of their taste but rather because of their nutrition profile.
IHOP Big Country Breakfast with Chicken Fried Steak & Country Gravy
145 g fat (56 g saturated)
210 g carbohydrates
5,520 mg sodium
Here’s the anatomy of a breakfast disaster: Take a 12-ounce steak, bread it, fry it, and then cover it with gravy. Then, on the side, drop three eggs and three buttermilk pancakes. Does it not occur to IHOP that this is actually three full meals that would weigh in at more than 800 calories apiece?
The Worst Food in America
Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta
78 g saturated fat
919 mg sodium
141 g carbohydrates
No restaurant chain exemplifies America's portion problem more than Cheesecake Factory, where the average sandwich contains nearly 1,400 calories—more than three full meals. But the Factory doesn't stop at elephantine portion sizes; combine that with heavy-handed application of cheap cooking fats and the result are dishes like the 2,580-calorie Chicken and Biscuits and the 2,460-calorie French Toast Napoleon. However, it’s this relatively healthy-sounding plate of shrimp pasta that earns this year's Worst Food in America crown from Eat This, Not That!, delivering to your system more saturated fat than you’d find in three packages of Oscar Mayer Center Cut Bacon.