Xtreme Eating Awards given out to chain restaurants

July 19, 2011 1:49:10 PM PDT
They are the winners of the Xtreme Eating Awards, and they are the menu items you should avoid ordering from some of your favorite chain restaurants.

The winners or losers were unveiled this afternoon.

The list compiled by the Center for Science includes burgers topped with pork belly and fried eggs to grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with deep fried mozzarella sticks.

We're talking thousands of calories for a single meal.

We start with the Cheesecake Factory's Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake.

It comes with two slices, plus cream cheese frosting, plus white chocolate shavings and whip cream.

It comes in at more than 1,500 calories, 59 grams of saturated fat, which by the way, is three days worth.

Also on the list, IHOP's monster bacon 'n beef cheeseburger.

That's two beef patties, bacon, American and provolone cheeses on a Romano parmesan bun.

It's more than 1,200 calories, 42 grams of saturated fat.

When you add onion rings, that's another 620 calories, or 300 calories for seasoned fries.

For more than 1,200 calories, you can go for Denny's fried cheese melt.

It's four fried mozzarella sticks, melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread.

The Cheesecake Factory makes the list a second time for its farmhouse cheeseburger.

For 1,500 calories and 36 grams of saturated fat, the burger is topped with grilled smoked pork belly, cheddar cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and a fried egg.

Add fries to that and it's another 460 calories.

Applebee's made the list with its provolone-stuffed meatballs with fettuccine.

The meatballs are stuffed with provolone cheese, braised in a marinara sauce, layed over fettuccine pasta that's been blended with a parmesan cream sauce.

Add the garlic bread and that's 1,500 calories and 43 grams of saturated fat.

Finally for nearly 1,400 calories, you can have the porterhouse steak from Morton's.

Add mashed potatoes and that adds 850 calories, or the creamed spinach for another 330 calories.

That's a grand total of 2,570 calories.

That doesn't include the free bread and butter.

To put all the numbers in perspective, a typical eater should limit their calorie intake to 2000 calories a day, 20 grams of saturated fat.

The complete list of winners is published in the nutrition action health-letter.