They might sound good, but these "gut-busting" restaurant meals are loaded with salt, sugar and saturated fat.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, known as the CSPI, releases its list of the nine worst "gut-busting" restaurant meals. Here are this year's Xtreme Eating "dis-honorees."
Country fried steak and eggs (International House of Pancakes) -- This gut-buster has 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of salt and 11 teaspoons -- nearly two days' worth -- of sugar, CSPI said.
Bacon cheddar double burger, sweet potato fries and Big Apple shake (Johnny Rockets) -- This meal packs on 3,500 calories, 88 grams of saturated fat -- that's four days' worth -- 3,720 milligrams of sodium and 15 teaspoons of sugar, according to CSPI.
Veal porterhouse (Maggiano's Little Italy) -- This meal has roasted garlic, caramelized onions and lemon with crispy red potatoes. But it also contains 2,710 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 milligrams of sodium, the CSPI report said.
Chocolate zuccotto cake (Maggiano's Little Italy) -- This decadent dessert contains 1,820 calories, 62 grams of saturated fat and 26 teaspoons of sugar.
Peanut power plus grape smoothie (Smoothie King) -- It may sound healthy, but the 40-ounce size has 1,460 calories and 22 teaspoons of sugar.
Deep dish macaroni and three cheese (Uno Chicago Grill) -- This dish has a day's worth of calories -- 1,980 -- and more than three days' worth of saturated fat at 71 grams. According to CSPI, it also contains 3,110 milligrams of sodium.
Bistro shrimp pasta (The Cheesecake Factory) -- This dish of crispy battered shrimp, fresh mushrooms and arugula is tossed with spaghettini in a basil-garlic-lemon cream sauce. It weighs in at 3,120 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat and 1,090 milligrams of sodium, according to CNN.
Crispy chicken costoletta (The Cheesecake Factory) -- A crispy chicken breast served with lemon sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus. Doesn't sound that bad, but it has 2,610 calories -- more than a 12-piece bucket of original recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken -- and four and a half days' worth of saturated fat.
Full rack of baby back ribs with Shiner Bock BBQ sauce (Chili's) -- This meal comes with homestyle fries and cinnamon apples and rings up at 2,330 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat and 6,490 milligrams of salt, according to the CSPI.
Click here to read more about this year's "Xtreme" meals from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
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