As of Monday, chain restaurants are now required to label calories on menus, thanks to a federal rule stemming from the 2010 Affordable Care Act. And, yowza, it definitely has the potential to destroy a restaurant or two.
If you weren’t already aware, there’s some truly delicious, yet dangerous food being served in our nation’s chain restaurants. That probably is of little surprise to most people, but many would be shocked to learn just how terrible these items are for your health. Flavor is one thing, but a full-on diabetes trigger is quite another.
The Center for Science In the Public Interest was so discouraged by the fat and caloric levels of certain dishes, they made a list of their top offenders.When does food become a weapon? Ask these 8 restaurants.
Ultimate Smokehouse Combo
41 g saturated fat
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Jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage, hand-battered Chicken Crispers, a half rack of house-smoked baby back ribs with a side of roasted street corn, homestyle fries, chile-garlic toast, and garlic dill pickles. (There’s a fourth option, too: BBQ chicken).
Cheeseburger Omelette and Pancakes
45 g saturated fat
Eggs, hamburger patty pieces, hash browns, tomatoes, onions, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles…and that’s just the omelette. Add in the usual side of 3 buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup, and it’s the equivalent of eating four Sausage Egg McMuffins.
79 g saturated fat
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This pasta dish looks innocent enough, but there are 4 types of meat in the sauce (including bacon), not to mention the butter and cream lube on the spaghetti.
Cheese Curd Bacon Burger
Buffalo Wild Wings
53 g saturated fat
Served with a side of fries, this stuffed burger is equal to eating approximately five Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburgers.
Dave & Buster’s
67 g saturated fat
What’s a pizzadilla, you ask? It’s a super-cheesy 12” quesadilla served pizza-style stuffed with Manchego and cheddar cheeses, pepperoni, and Italian sausage, and topped with more pepperoni and Italian sausage, plus bacon, marinara, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. #ThatsDelicious #AndProbablyLethal
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You must try the #CarnivorePizzadilla!! A super-cheesy 12" quesadilla served pizza-style in eight slices, stuffed with Manchego and cheddar cheeses, pepperoni, and Italian sausage, then topped with even more pepperoni and Italian sausage, plus bacon, marinara, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. #ThatsDelicious!
Prime Rib Dinner
72 g saturated fat
The one-pound prime rib has 1,570 calories. And for an extra buck, you can get the Loaded Sweet Potato (770 calories) that is a meal and a half all by itself. Covered in marshmallows and caramel sauce (!!!) you can go ahead and skip Thanksgiving this year. You won’t be hungry by then anyway.
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If you add a Caesar salad as your second side, The Center for Science In the Public Interest says it’s like eating two of the chain’s 12 oz. New York strip steak dinners (with mashed potatoes and vegetables), plus a slice of strawberry cheesecake. How much do they charge to get wheeled out of the restaurant? And does that count as a side?
26 g saturated fat
This boozy chocolate banana milkshake has the added bonus of dark chocolate and banana liqueurs that will come in handy when you want to blame something for your bad decisions.
Ridiculously Awesome, Insanely Large Chocolate Cake
Uno Pizzeria & Grill
32 g saturated fat
This isn’t a cake, it’s a piece of real estate. The name says everything you need to know to never, ever order this.