We’re Number One!

by Anne Bennett on May 26, 2010


As the CSPI says, layers and layers of cake add up to layers and layers of you!

Since common sense suggests avoiding any item on a restaurant menu with the word “tower” in its description, it should come as no surprise that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (the folks who dubbed fettucini alfredo a “heart attack on a plate” a few years back) has conferred one of its 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards on the Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake.

One slice of this cake weighs in at three-quarters of a pound and packs a 1,670 calorie punch. That’s a whole day’s calorie allowance for the average-sized woman. (Your guess is as good as mine as to what that is anymore.)

The Cheesecake Factory knows that you’re got to have dinner before you can eat your cake, and their entrees are as super-calorific as their desserts. Their Pasta Carbonara with Chicken also made the Xtreme Award list, with 2,500 calories and a whopping 85 grams of saturated fat. That’s more fat than you should have in four days.

What’s a diner to do? I avoid places like the Cheesecake Factory, where serving sizes are way out of line. The aforementioned pasta dish contains four cups of white pasta. At my house that’s three to four servings, not one. Don’t give your business to any establishment whose inadvertent intention is to fatten you up for premature death.

Today two out of three adults in America are either overweight or obese. Almost 30% of young Americans will not qualify for military service because they are overweight. We Americans have always been proud world leaders, and thanks in part to eateries like the Cheesecake Factory (I shouldn’t blame only them–for a complete list of the CSPI’s 2010 awards, click on the link above) we also hold the embarrassing first-place title of: fattest people on earth.

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Elizabeth May 28, 2010 at 6:41 am

I sincerely hope you are never sued by Cheesecake Factory…”Don’t give your business to any establishment whose obvious intention is to fatten you up for premature death.” HAHAHAHAHA! Hilarious. But seriously, there goes my inheritance.

Lin June 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

always wanted to be #1 at something. 🙂

Mary Franklin January 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Good infiormation about the Cheescaker factory. Thanks

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