Mac & cheese sandwiches, other combos win Xtreme Eating Awards

Applebee's appetizers are among the dishes highlighted in the Xtreme Eating Awards.

Applebee’s appetizers are among the dishes highlighted in the Xtreme Eating Awards.

Mac & cheese sandwiches, fried cheesecake nachos, cheeseburger egg rolls and fried chicken & waffles benedict. Sound yummy?

These calorie, fat and sodium-laden dishes are the winners of this year’s Xtreme Eating Awards announced Monday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

First issued in 2007, the awards highlight meals from America’s chain restaurants that are startingly high in calories, saturated fat, sodium and/or sugar. This year’s selections focus on items that are a mix and match of such foods.

Listed first is Applebee’s appetizers and bar snacks where diners can build a sampler of two to five choices.

Choose Cheeseburger Egg Rolls,  Pretzels & Beer Cheese Dip, Chicken Quesadilla, Boneless Wings with Classic Buffalo Sauce and Spinach and Artichoke Dip, and the total is 3,390 calories, 65 grams of saturated fat, and 11,650 milligrams of sodium. Share with a friend and you each get 1,700 calories.

Next up is Maggiano’s Little Italy’s Marco’s Meal for Two. With an appetizer, main dishes and dessert, you’ve consumed 2,840 calories each.

The Cheesecake Factory’s Fried Chicken & Waffles Benedict weighs in with more than a day’s calories at 2,850, a four-day supply of saturated fat, two days’ worth of sodium and 15 teaspoons of sugar.

Of course, if no one bought these items, they wouldn’t be on the menu. Those looking for more healthful selections can turn the the “light” menus most of the chains offer, CSPI suggests. Or, bring home half your food for the next day.

To read the full list, go to https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/foods-avoid/xtreme2016

 

 

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