We all know that restaurants aren't the healthiest places in the world, and most dishes have more fat and calories than we should be eating in an entire day, let alone one meal.
But that’s also why it’s so sad, because restaurants are delicious. Life, man. Why must the best things in life be so, so bad for you?
In a new report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, nutrition experts reviewed menus at 200 restaurant chains in America, and compiled a list of the highest calorie, highest fat, and overall unhealthiest meals, which they titled the “Xtreme Eating” list.
And so, here are the top 8 unhealthiest, most unwholesome things you can eat at restaurants across the U.S., ranked by calorie, fat, sugar, and sodium content.
8. The Cheesecake Factory Flying Gorilla
With 950 calories, 26 grams of saturated fat, and 60 grams of sugar, this chocolate banana milkshake might taste amazing, but it's super bad for you. Obviously.
7. Uno Pizzeria & Grill Chocolate Cake
This giant slab of chocolate cake is approximately the size of a small dog, which is why it's called the "ridiculously awesome, insanely large chocolate cake," and packs 1,740 calories, 32 grams of saturated fat, 770 milligrams of sodium, and 168 grams of sugar.
FYI — the daily recommended sugar limit for men is 38 grams. That should tell you just how unhealthy this massive slice of chocolate heaven is.
6. Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with Fries
One of these bad boys has 1,950 calories, 53 grams of saturated fat, and a whopping 4,700 milligrams of sodium, which, apparently, is the equivalent of eating five bacon double cheeseburgers.
5. Dave & Buster's Carnivore Pizzadilla
With 1,970 calories, 67 grams of saturated fat, and 4,440 milligrams of sodium, this pizza-quesadilla hybrid is stuffed with two different cheeses, pepperoni, and Italian sausage, and topped with even more pepperoni, sausage, bacon, marinara sauce, and more cheese. Goddamn.
4. The Cheesecake Factory Pasta Napoletana
Seeing as how The Cheesecake Factory is on this list twice, I think we can go ahead and assume that it's likely the unhealthiest restaurant in the nation.
Anyway, this meaty pasta dish is a delicious, fatty jumble of sausage and pepperoni, and has 2,310 calories, 79 grams of saturated fat, and 4,370 milligrams of salt.
3. IHOP Cheeseburger Omelette with Pancakes
Nothing at IHOP is even remotely healthy, but this omelette takes the cake, with 2,310 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat, 4,580 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of sugar, and 1,005 milligrams of cholesterol.
2. Chili's Ultimate Smokehouse Combo
See that picture above? That's what a heart attack looks like, served to you on an aluminum tray.
This fatty feast allows you to choose any three meats: "smoked bone-in BBQ chicken breast, jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage, hand-battered chicken "crispers" or a half rack of house-smoked baby back ribs," which you then eat with sides of roasted corn, fries, chile-garlic toast, and dill pickles.
All of that packs 2,440 calories, 41 grams of saturated fat, and 7,610 milligrams of sodium.
1. Texas Roadhouse: 16-ounce Prime Rib, Loaded Sweet Potato, and Caesar Salad
And finally, the number one unhealthiest thing you can eat at a restaurant in the continental United States. Congratulations on this high honor, Texas Roadhouse.
It's not an easy task to fit 2,820 calories, 72 grams of saturated fat, 5,330 milligrams of sodium, and 51 grams of sugar onto one plate of steak and potatoes. You'd be better off eating three sticks of butter at home. Much cheaper, and less calories.
H/T: Business Insider