Popular Restaurant Meals That Pack a Caloric Punch

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has compiled its annual list of restaurant meals (dubbed the Xtreme Eating Awards) that contain about 2,000 calories or more, which is close to or at the recommended daily allowance for most teenagers and adults. Find out the meals to avoid at these popular restaurants. In December, the rules required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which mandate that calories be listed on chain-restaurant menus, go into effect.

Highest “Dishonor”: Red Lobster


A “Create Your Own Combination” with the Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt's Favorite Shrimp, and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo with a Caesar salad, French fries, and one Cheddar Bay Biscuit has a whopping 2,710 calories and 6,530 milligrams of sodium. Add a Lobsterita and it climbs to 3,600 calories.


Image courtesy of CSPI

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