The Xtreme Eating Awards spotlights chain restaurants’ meals from across the country which are the unhealthiest for consumers. Their winners have just been announced for 2014, according to USA Today on Wednesday. The nutritional watchdogs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest have named Red Robin’s “Monster” double burger which happens to be served with bottomless French fries and a “Monster” milkshake the worst of the bad. Red Robin is a burger chain restaurant.
According to the report, the “Monster” meal at Red Robin is the single most unhealthy meal that the watchdogs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest could find. Their search for the not wanted Xtreme Eating Awards involved the analysis of 200 chain restaurant menus. As one can see from the award winner, the awards go to combos and dishes at restaurant chains that are incredibly high in calories, fat, sugar and salt. Red Robin’s “Monster” meal weighs in at 3,540 calories.
According to the group, this year it was easier than ever before to find the winners of the awards. Paige Einstein, a registered dietitian, reportedly said that previously the winners of the Xtreme Eating Awards had approximately 1,500 calories. Most of these dishes that won this year, she says, have at least 2,000 calories per meal. According to the dietitian the winners of the high-calorie plate awards are on menus that often have lighter options as well – but she points out that those lighter, lower-calorie options are on much smaller parts of the restaurant chains’ vast menu offerings.
Beyond the Red Robin winner, the list includes three offerings from the Cheesecake Factory. The Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain was named for its Farfalle with Chicken and Roast Garlic which comes in at 2,410 calories. Additionally, it was dishonorably awarded for its Bruleed French Toast which comes in at 2,780 calories and its Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake which comes in at 1,500 calories.
According to the Kansas City Star, other restaurant chains on the list were Famous Dave’s St. Louis-style spare rib plate which includes sides and corn bread muffins. It’s called “The Big Slab.” Also, a combo plate from Chevys Fresh Mex, a steak dish from Maggiano’s Little Italy, and a deep dish chicken-bacon-ranch pizza from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. Joe’s Crab Shack weighed in with The Big “Hook” Up platter which has seafood and crab balls stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese and coated in Panko breadcrumbs, fish and chips, coconut shrimp, crab stuffed shrimp, hushpuppies and cole slaw which comes in at 3,280 calories.
Einstein, the dietician, told USA Today that she doesn’t think people really realize just how bad these meals can be in American restaurants. She says that the federal government is preparing to require calorie counts on chain restaurant menus throughout the country. She suggested that this will help diners make wiser, healthier decisions when dining out.