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Eating “Xtreme”: Restaurant excess exposed

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 18:00:08-04

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its annual "Xtreme Eating Awards."

The awards are less of a compliment and more of a way to make consumers aware of what they’re consuming.

For example, eating seven Sausage McMuffins from McDonald’s at one time probably sounds extreme, but you’d get the same amount of calories, salt and fat from one particular meal at a popular restaurant chain.

"The Cheesecake Factory’s breakfast burrito has 2,700 calories and more than 70 grams of saturated fat," said the CSPI’s Lindsay Moyer.

Chain restaurants and many other establishments that sell food are required to display calories on menus.

Dietitians say you should take advantage of that information, or simply spread one meal out over several days. 

In a statement, the Cheesecake Factory suggests one of their meals could serve multiple people: "We love it when guests share. That’s a great sign that our portions are generous."