Tempting you with “food porn”

Nov 19, 2010, 3:21 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

The Center for Science in the Public Interest calls says the high calorie, high fat, high sodium, low nutrition meals and appetizers served at several popular chain restaurants “food porn.”

The consumer group is out with its 2010 “Xtreme Eating” awards and they singled out Five Guys, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Outback and P.F. Chang’s for their food.

cheesecakefactoryTwo Cheesecake Factory dishes were also singled out. The pasta carbonara is loaded with 2,500 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat. The chocolate truffle cake has 1,670 calories and 48 grams of saturated fat. The menu describes the treat as “Layers and Layers of Fudge Cake with Chocolate Truffle Cream and Chocolate Mousse.” The consumer group says, “Say hello to layers and layers of you.”

fiveguysThe group, which some call the food police, knocks Five Guys for its 700-calorie hamburger. It’s fries have 620 calories for the small and 1,460 for the large. They actually call Five Guys, “Five Fleshy Guys.” Five Guys has more than 550 locations in 35 states. They say, “the chain is growing…as are, no doubt, many of its patrons.”

There must be something healthy at California Pizza Kitchen. I’ve had salads there that didn’t seem too fatty, but not all dishes are vegetable-rich. Their Tostada Pizza with steak is mmmm, mmmm, not good for your diet. It’ll cost you 1,440 calories and more than 27 grams of fat. The crust alone supplies 400 calories’ worth of flour.

In issuing its awards, CSPI says two out of three adults and one third of children are now overweight or obese in America.

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Tempting you with “food porn”