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Group Announces Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Dishes

Some restaurants pack a day or two's worth of calories into a single meal.

Group Announces Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Dishes

If you're watching your weight, a group has recently put out a list of high-calorie, high-fat options served up at national restaurant chains you may want to avoid. 

The  Center for Science in the Public Interest’s website put the spotlight this week on some of the more extreme menu items in their Xtreme Eating Awards. The "winners" were revealed in their latest Nutrition Action Healthletter. 

The organization reveals the caloric, fat and sugar contents of specific dishes at The Cheesecake Factory as well as Chili’s, Maggiano’s, Uno Chicago Grill, Johnny Rockets, IHop and Smoothie King.

Corte Madera is home to The Cheesecake Factory, which has two dishes that made this year's list. The Bistro Shrimp Pasta packs 3,120 calories and 89 grams of saturated fat. Also on the list is their Crispy Chicken Costoletta with 2,610 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat and 2,720 milligrams of sodium,  according to a press release announcing the organization's 2013 Xtreme Eating Award winners.

IHOP, with locations in South San Francisco, Milpitas and San Bruno, offers their Country Fried Steak & Eggs breakfast combo, which packs 1,760 calories and 23 grams of saturated fat, as well as 3,720 mg of sodium and 11 teaspoons of sugar, they report. 

These eating awards aren’t the only ones continuing the public discussion about some of the unhealthier menu items available.

Last summer, Burger King made headlines when it introduced a 510-calorie bacon sundae. 

— Cristel Mohrman contributed to this report.

Do you have a favorite extreme meal? Or is there one that you wouldn’t dream of eating? Share your food stories with us here.

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