Going ‘Whole Hog?’ Check out these restaurant calorie bombs


COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Nobody expects diet food when they order the ‘Whole Hog Burger,’ but how much is too much?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently released its list of Xtreme eating award recipients.

The ‘Whole Hog Burger’ from Uno Pizzeria & Grill packs 2,850 calories and 9,790 milligrams of sodium. That’s more than a day’s worth of calories and six days’ worth of sodium. Would you like fries with that?

It’s the equivalent of four McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese and two medium fries topped with 18 packets of salt.

Other ‘winners’ include:

  • Fried Chicken & Waffles Benedict from The Cheesecake Factory – 2,580 calories and 3,390mg sodium. It’s like eating two Marie Callender’s one-pound Chicken Pot Pies topped with half a stick of butter and a quarter cup of maple syrup.
  • Short Rib & Cheesy Mac Stack from Dave & Buster’s – 1,910 calories and 3,390mg sodium. It’s like eating three McDonald’s Big Macs and a medium fries, plus an extra half day’s saturated fat.
  • RT 44 Grape Slush with Rainbow Candy from Sonic – 970 calories and 1 ¼ cups of sugar. It’s like downing three XL (40 oz.) Fanta Wild Cherry Slurpees at 7-Eleven.
  • Dessert Nachos from Buffalo Wild Wings – 2,100 calories. It’s like eating four Taco Bell Crunchy Tacos (filled with beef and cheese) topped with a (14 oz.) container of Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream and two melted Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.
  • Giant Chipotle Cheese Steak from Jersey Mike’s – 1,850 calories, 4,330mg sodium. It’s like eating two Subway foot-long Roast Beef subs.

If you’re looking to take it easy while you eat out, the CSPI recommends ordering from the ‘light’ menu. Many restaurants have reduced calorie sections.

Other recommendations include bypassing the appetizer, skipping beef burgers, avoiding bread, opting for vegetable sides and getting a doggy bag for half of the entrée.

If you do decide to go ‘Whole Hog,’ try not to do it every day – or every month for that matter.

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