The highest-calorie restaurant meals in America

When it comes to portions, no one does it better than the Yanks.  

America has always been known for giving its rotund population more bang for their buck - and increasingly so.

In the last 25 years, the average serving size in any given establishment has doubled or tripled. Bagels are now six inches wide, not three; a medium bag of popcorn is 11 cups, not five; and a soda is 20 ounces not 6.5. 

But some are pushing the limits - and our belt buckles - to new frontiers.

'Each of these restaurant items manages to cram in close to a day’s calories, often accompanied by at least a day’s saturated fat, sodium, or added sugar,' write Lindsay Moyer and Bonnie Liebman of CSPI in their presentation of the awards, published this week.

'That’s not easy. After all, a typical restaurant entrée has “only” about 1,000 calories. That’s one reason why “only” two out of three adults and one out of three children or teens are overweight or obese. 

'But these dishes go the extra mile...just so more of us can start looking for extra-large-size apparel. Bravo!'

This (left) is the 2,510-calorie Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles from Chili's. To come close to matching it in calories and fat and sodium, you would have to eat five Krispy Kreme glazed donuts with 30 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and five packets of barbecue sauce (right)

If they start doing moderate exercise they can eat and extra 200 calories a day on top of these values.

If they become very active they can eat an extra 400 calories a day.

As with women, men who do moderate amounts of exercise can eat an extra 200 calories a day on top of these values.

And very active men can eat between 400 and 600 extra calories.

Compared to previous years, the list is not as saturated with chillingly unnatural combinations (a marshmallow steak dinner won one of the accolades in 2017).

However, each one totals around the total daily calorie limit of 2,000 - or more - including some which are deemed 'snacks'.

Most of them also exceed the daily limit of 2,300mg of sodium, 20g of saturated fat, and 50g of added sugar. 

The dish, a 'warm tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken chorizo, cheese, crispy potatoes, avocado, peppers and onions, over spicy ranchero sauce, served with sour cream, salsa and black beans,' has 73g of saturated fat (almost four times the daily limit) and 4,630mg of sodium (more than double the daily limit). 

According to CSPI's calculations, it is the equivalent of eating seven Mcdonald's Sausage McMuffins in one go. 

It comes with two tacos - 440 calories each, on account of their filling of pork, 'bacon chorizo', cream sauce, guacamole, and grilled cheese shell. On the side, diners are served a pile of spicy rice and pinto beans that totals 610 calories. 

To top it off, they are served a 'half yard' of IPA. 

Moyer and Liebman write: 'Now we’re measuring alcohol by the yard? And drinking beer by the quart?'

The meal is equivalent to nine Taco Bell beef tacos and three cans of Budweiser.  

This (left) is the 2,040-calorie Vampire Taco Combo at Yard House. The meal is equivalent to nine Taco Bell beef tacos and three cans of Budweiser (right)

Yard House's Taco Combo: Here is the nutritional information for the calorific meal

The 2,240-calorie Double SmokeShack (left) comes with fries, a malted peanut butter shake, and the bells and whistles of an extra special burger: two patties, cheese, smoked bacon, cherry pepper, and 'ShackSauce'. The closest equivalent would be three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with Cheese and three McDonald's Vanilla Cones (right)

As CSPI points out, it's equivalent to six Auntie Anne's Original Soft Pretzels. 

The cheesy pizza is covered in breadcrumbs, chicken breast, marinara sauce, more cheese, angel hair pasta, and Alfredo cream sauce.

It has 55g of saturated fat (almost triple the daily limit) and 3,080mg of sodium (just over the daily limit). 

Four pieces of fried chicken and four biscuits from Popeye's would be about the same. 

The Cheesecake Factory appears twice on the list: first with its 1,870-calorie Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style (left), second with its 2,730-calorie breakfast burrito (right)

Crispers (battered fried chicken) are served atop Belgian waffles, with bacon jalapenos, ancho-chile ranch dressing, fries, and honey-chipotle sauce. 

It overspends your saturated fat allowance significantly with 40g of it, plus 4,480mg of sodium (almost double the limit). This is the only savory category that also earns an added sugar listing, with 105g of added sugar (more than double the limit). 

To come close to matching it in calories and fat and sodium elsewhere, you would have to eat five Krispy Kreme glazed donuts with 30 McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and five packets of barbecue sauce. 

For this year's dessert, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse takes the top spot, with its 1,580-calorie Peanut Butter S'mores Pizookie

Uno Pizzeria & Grill presents diners with a trough of Deep Dish Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, totaling 2,320 calories, 59g of saturated fat, and 4,530mg of sodium

It's a pizza-sized triple chocolate cookie, topped with peanut butter, marshmallow fluffy, marshmallows, and vanilla ice cream.  

That contains 31g of saturated fat and 135g of added sugar. 

It's not even equivalent to a 14oz tub of Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Ice Cream - you'd have to add two cups of marshmallow fluff. 

Next, there is a pasta dish that is equivalent to three servings of Olive Garden's Cheese Ravioli, which is hardly known for its slimming qualities. 

It contains penne with three types of cheese - 'aged cheddar', parmesan and romano - plus buffalo chicken, all baked together. 

'You can’t beat deep dish for building deep belly fat,' Moyer and Liebman conclude.  

This year's 'snack' is a 1,920-calorie pretzel. The nine-inch-wide Bavarian Legend Soft Pretzel from cinema chain AMC falls just shy of the daily recommended amount of calories

Lastly, there's the 'Worst Revival Award'. This goes to Shake Shack's take on a 'classic'. 

The fries are 420 calories, the burger 930, and the shake a whopping 890. 

As Liebman and Moyer point out, it contains many of the things chastised for exacerbating America's obesity epidemic: white bread, red meat and sugar. 

Beyond the calories, it contains 55g of saturated fat, 3,170mg of sodium, and 42g of added sugar. 

The closest equivalent would be three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with Cheese and three McDonald's Vanilla Cones.   

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I&#x2019;m cross that I didn&#x2019;t do my research and just assumed that everyone who injects Botox and fillers has been to medical school,&quot; she said.&#xA0;&#x201C;I could have had the same reaction to the filler with a doctor but the difference is that they would have known what to do to treat it. The combination of the party atmosphere, my own naivety and the beautician&#x2019;s lack of training meant I could have lost my lip.&quot;</p><p>She then contacted Antonia Mariconda, founder of the Safety in Beauty campaign, who said Knappier&#x2019;s botched lip fillers were one of the worst cases she&#x2019;s seen.</p><p>&#x201C;We urge ladies to please do their research and only entrust these invasive aesthetic procedures to experienced medical professionals,&quot; Mariconda said.&#xA0;&#x201C;We are calling for the government to ban non-health care professionals from carrying out these seriously risky procedures and met with Theresa May earlier this year. It&#x2019;s time to clean out the cosmetic cowboys.&quot;</p><p>General physician and cosmetic doctor Jane Leonard offers aesthetic treatments at clinics in London and Cheshire and says many women approach her having had a bad experience at a Botox bash.</p><p>&quot;I only see these people when things have gone wrong. If you inject something into someone&#x2019;s lips or face you have to know anatomically where you&#x2019;re putting it, which&#xA0;a&#xA0;beautician isn&#x2019;t going to know,&quot; Leonard said.&#xA0;&quot;And a short course on how to give Botox and fillers isn&#x2019;t going to teach you that.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The second problem is the quality of the products they&#x2019;re using, which is the biggest divide between doctors and dentists administering&#xA0;Botox and fillers and&#xA0;beauticians doing it for &#xA3;50&#xA0;in a salon or at a party,&quot; Leonard said.&#xA0;&quot;If something goes wrong, we know what a vascular problem or an infection looks like and can act quickly to treat it but a beautician won&apos;t.&quot;</p><p>&quot;There are two problems that I commonly see in women who&apos;ve had treatment at a party - either they are&#xA0;dissatisfied with the results such as lumpiness&#xA0;in the filler&#xA0;or drooping&#xA0;from Botox, or they have a medical issue&#xA0;such as&#xA0;a&#xA0;blockage in&#xA0;the&#xA0;blood supply in the face, which is an emergency,&quot; she said.</p><p>Unfortunately, because the aesthetics industry remains unregulated it attracts unscrupulous profiteers with no medical training to cope with complications which may arise.</p><p>Nikki Milovanovic is a spokeswoman for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and says it&#x2019;s a serious problem.</p><p>&#x201C;Botox can only be injected by a prescribing clinician or under their supervision as it&#x2019;s a prescription only medicine, but the problem is that many unscrupulous practitioners can get hold of Botox - or counterfeit products - online, and then administer it in non-clinical settings, anywhere from parties to &#x2018;pop-ups&#x2019; and pub car parks,&#x201D; she explained.</p><p>&#x201C;Almost anyone can take qualification courses required to inject dermal fillers, which can be as short as half a day,&quot; Leonard said.&#xA0;&quot;But fillers are unregulated so there&apos;s nothing stopping people from using the public as guinea pigs. Often the person administering injections is unable to recognize complications, let alone treat them.&quot;</p><p>A recent poll of BAAPS members revealed that 40 percent of them have seen an alarming increase in problems with unregulated facial injectables (dermal fillers) over the last five years, which would have been avoided if fillers were available on prescription only.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 December 07, 2018
  • Colorado dad welcomes baby girl, loses wife on same day

    Colorado dad welcomes baby girl, loses wife on same day

    ritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>&#x201C;I&#x2019;m like, &#x2018;Are you OK?&#x2019; And I see blood everywhere,&#x201D; the new dad told the news outlet.</p><p>Doctors told Connie he had to choose between saving his wife and potentially losing their baby, or saving the baby and potentially losing his wife. He said he did what he believes his wife would&#x2019;ve wanted him to do, and elected for Keyvonne to undergo an emergency C-section to save their baby.</p><p>Angelique Keyvonne Connie, who was named after her mother and will be called &#x201C;Pooder&#x201D; for short, entered the world shortly before her mother&#x2019;s health began to decline.</p><p>The Connies&apos; baby is expected to spend several weeks in the hospital, and while the new dad is struggling with both learning how to cope with his wife&#x2019;s sudden death and care for a newborn, members of the community have collected funds to help him pay unexpected costs.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 December 07, 2018
  • Getting medicines into U.K. may be issue post-Brexit, government admits

    Getting medicines into U.K. may be issue post-Brexit, government admits

    to ensure the continued supply of medicines if the country leaves the European Union without a deal in March.</p><p>"We are working on ensuring that we have aviation capacity," Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC radio on Friday.</p><p>"If there is a serious disruption at the border we will have prioritization and prioritization will include medicines and medical devices," he added.</p><p>Hancock also said that Britain would have a stockpile of those drugs that can be obtained.</p>

    1 December 07, 2018
  • Ask Well: Do Cruciferous Vegetables Really Fight Cancer?

    Ask Well: Do Cruciferous Vegetables Really Fight Cancer?

    getables, which include broccoli and brussels sprouts as well as dark leafy greens like kale and arugula, in your diet.</p><p>Whether eating them also helps prevent cancer is a subject of intense research, said Vandana R. Sheth, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “While studies in lab animals find significant benefits as far as protecting DNA and anti-inflammatory benefits, in humans, the results of human studies are mixed,” she said.</p><p>All cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, natural substances that break down during chopping, cooking, chewing and digestion into biologically active compounds called isothiocyanates and indoles. In laboratory experiments in rats and mice, these compounds have been found to inhibit cancers of the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach. They protect cells from DNA damage by inactivating carcinogens and decreasing inflammation. They can also help inhibit the formation of blood vessels and the migration of tumor cells, processes that help spread cancer.</p><p>But studies in humans have been inconsistent. Many studies have found no association between cruciferous vegetable intake and cancers of the prostate, colon and rectum, lung or breast. Other studies, however, have found that men who ate diets high in cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of prostate cancer, and that women whose diets were rich in these vegetables had a lower risk of breast cancer.</p><p>A person’s genetic makeup may help to explain the inconsistent findings. Scientists recently learned that half the population does not carry a gene that determines how long the body retains and uses the protective compounds derived from these vegetables.</p><p>Cruciferous vegetables also contain other protective compounds, including carotenoids, plant pigments that may control abnormal cell growth; vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells and supporting the immune system; and folate, which may also help to maintain healthy DNA and keep cancer-promoting genes turned off.</p><p>Ms. Sheth warned it is best to obtain these nutrients through the diet rather than through dietary supplements, since excessive amounts of some vitamins and carotenoids may actually be harmful. While too little folate is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, recent studies have linked unusually high amounts of folic acid — the form found in supplements and fortified foods — to an increased risk of colorectal cancer.</p><p>But you cannot go wrong incorporating a lot of cruciferous vegetables in your diet, Ms. Sheth said. “The bottom line is that eating more vegetables is good for us,” she said.</p>

    1 December 07, 2018


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