andrew schneider investigates

January 27, 2009

A 1,600 calorie dessert? Have two

Filed under: Food - good, bad, weird,Food Safety,Risks to children — Andrew Schneider @ 14:02

<![CDATA[Sometimes frivolous topics can be serious.

Let’s talk about the “Food Porn Alert” issued today which either warns us off or entices us toward a Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie offered by Chili’s restaurant chain.

The “pie” is made from chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and caramel toppings piled on top.

The alert was issued today by Nutrition Action, a newsletter put out by the nonprofit nutrition watchdog, the Center for Science in the Public Interest

That dessert provides 1,590 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat (almost two days’ worth), and 910 milligrams of sodium, about half of what you should have in a day.

The health group says the dessert is equivalent to 1½ full racks of Chili’s Original Baby Back Ribs.

CSPI’s senior nutritionist Jayne Hurley say this kind of food porn helps explain America’s epidemic of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It also makes a compelling case why calorie counts belong right on the menus, not just buried on corporate web sites.”

Other recent “Food Porn” stars recognized by the group include Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Sara Lee Cheesecake Bites, and DiGiorno’s Ultimate Focaccia Pizza.

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