A burger topped with smoked pork belly and fried eggs. Meatballs stuffed with provolone. Grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with deep-fried mozzarella sticks.
These are some of the “dishonorees” in the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s latest Xtreme Eating Awards, released Tuesday.
“If Americans are feeling a little more full when lumbering out of the Cheesecake Factory, Applebee’s, Denny’s and other chains, it’s not in their heads,” Bonnie Liebman, the center’s nutrition director, said in a statement.
The consumer organization called out locally based Applebee’s for “openly bragging” about its new “stacked, stuffed and topped” menu.
In a statement, Applebee’s spokeswoman Nancy Mays said the chain offered a variety of options, including an under-550-calories menu and Weight Watchers-endorsed entrees.
“Applebee’s guests want a variety of options, and with access to nutritional information online and in the restaurant they can make the most appropriate choices for themselves,” Mays said.
According to the center, a typical eater should have about 2,000 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, the center says.
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