One restaurant meal = calories for all day

May 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- Some U.S. restaurant chain meals can come close to or exceed the 2,000 calories recommended as an adult's daily intake, a food advocacy group says.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nutrition and food safety watchdog non-profit group in Washington, announced its Xtreme Eating awards Tuesday for meals served in some U.S. restaurant chains.

Bob Evans' Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes has 1,380 calories, 34 grams of fat, and features cinnamon chips made of sugar and fat, a layer of cream-cheese-flavored filling, sugary "cream" sauce and whipped topping.

Other calorie-laden meals include:

-- California Pizza Kitchen's Tostada Pizza with Grilled Steak at 1,680 calories, 32 grams of saturated fat and 3,300 milligrams of sodium.

-- Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger has 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat, and a large order of French fries has 1,460 calories.

-- P.F. Chang's Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo has 1,820 calories and 7,690 mg of sodium.

-- The Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara with Chicken has 2,500 calories and 85 grams of saturated fat, more than one should consume in four days.

-- The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake has 1,670 calories and 48 grams of saturated fat.

The average American should consume about 2,000 calories per day and limit saturated fat to no more than 20 grams and sodium to 2,400 mg.

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