Ah, the ease of dining at a chain restaurant: Your meal is quick and cheap, and if you’re eating at the right place, you can consume your entire caloric intake for the day—sometimes close to two!—in a single plate of food.
That’s right: According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s annual Xtreme Eating Awards, which catalogs the most harrowing dishes to come out of chain-restaurant kitchens, you can, for example, rack up 3,120 calories by eating just one plate of pasta.
The further breakdown of nutritional information for each dish included in these dubious honors further highlights the fact that a diet of convenience is a diet of terror: Here’s an appetizer sprinkled with 3,700 milligrams of sodium, there’s a dish larded with 89 grams of saturated fat. This is the food of a nation in which, according to the CDC, one out of every three adults is obese.
Is your mouth watering yet? Your veins throbbing? Click through to find out the culprits.
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