Think a breakfast burrito – filled with scrambled eggs, salty chorizo, ripe avocado and, of course, cheese and sour cream — sounds like a delightful way to start the day?
Maybe so, but according to the 2018 Xtreme Eating Awards, it’s also a good way to start something else: a weight problem.
The Cheesecake Factory Breakfast Burrito tops this year’s list of “honorees,” out today, of the most health-threatening chain restaurant meals. Compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest — the same DC-based organization that lobbied the government to mandate that chains must post calorie counts — it includes hits from popular national eateries like Chili’s, Uno Pizzeria & Grill and Shake Shack.
The Cheesecake Factory’s winning dish delivers 2,730 calories, 73 grams of saturated fat and 4,630 milligrams of sodium, wrapped in a tortilla: like eating “seven McDonald’s Sausage McMuffins,” according to the press release.
It’s also more than the 2,000 recommended calories that adults should consume per day.
Cheesecake, a decadent destination, boasts a second dish on the ignoble list of eight: the Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style, which is exactly what it sounds like, with a twist. That twist is a serving of angel hair Alfredo, served atop the almost 10-inch pie like an ultra-rich appetizer. The whole thing clocks in at 1,870 calories, 55 grams of saturated fat and 3,080 milligrams of sodium: like eating “four pieces of Popeyes friend chicken plus four biscuits,” says the write-up.