All those of us who are preoccupied about calorie intake are horrified when we think about fast food and would regard it as the worst when it comes to choosing nutritious, good combinations for our meals.
We all think our waistline is safe if we decide to order a seafood dish, as it is generally regarded as a healthy, light option.
However, some of us might be surprised to find out that one of Red Lobster’s combination of two different shrimp dishes and Linguine Alfredo with a side of French fries, a Caesar salad and a biscuit could have you ingest no less than 2,710 calories, 6,530 mg of sodium and 37g of saturated fat.
If you decide to have a cocktail with this heavy meal, you could add an extra 900 calories. The total amount represents much more than a healthy person should consume in a day, according to the Department of U.S. Agriculture.
“Seafood generally is very healthy, but they’ve kind of turned it into this really, really high-calorie platter, high in saturated fat, high in sodium,” said a representative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Paige Einstein, who is also the lead researcher in this study.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest have recently come up with a list of “Xtreme Eating” meals, that ranks American restaurants according to their most calorie-heavy meals. All these delicious meals that provide a lot of calories are responsible for the obesity epidemic that has become such a huge problem in the United States. It was recently estimated that around 33 percent of the American population is obese.
Red lobster made it to the top of the list, but it was closely followed by other famous dishes, such as Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s 3 Meat Plate that provides about 2,500 calorie intake, Outback Steakhouse’s Herb Roasted Prime Rib dinner with 2,400 calories, The Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana Chicken Pasta with 2,340 calories and many others.
It is alarming to see how these famous chains of restaurants fail to provide enough healthier options for their customers, with only one or two pages of lighter dishes, followed by ten or more pages with heavier meals on their menus.
The results of the study were published in this month’s issue of the CSPI’ Nutrition and Action Healthletter.
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