Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Striving for excellence is a human trait deeply ingrained, acting as the drive engine for stupendous achievements and history is replete with examples of such super human feats by ordinary mortals through sheer determination and Herculean efforts. But getting awards for negative achievements is unheard of in any field. Apparently there are organizations involved in tracking down worst performers in many fields of human endeavor. Here is an example in the food field.

"Here are some of the dishes that made the Xtreme Eating Awards 2010 list: Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara: 2,500 calories Chili's Big Mouth Bites: 2,350 calories Applebee's Quesadilla Burger: 1,820 calories Outback Steakhouse New Zealand Rack of Lamb w/ sides: 1,820 calories P.F. Chang's Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo: 1,820 calories Chevy's Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla: 1,790 calories California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Steak: 1,680 calories Olive Garden Tour of Italy: 1,450 calories Bob Evans Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes: 1,000 calories (4 tablespoons syrup adds 200 calories) Five Guys' Bacon Cheeseburger: 920 calories It's not just calories that concerns the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The report says many of the dishes that made the list are also packed with things like sodium and saturated fat"

It is unimaginable that such monstrous servings are offered and consumers indulge in these foods ignoring the dangers involved in consuming such jumbo offerings. The human psychology of getting a good bargain at a low cost is at the center of such a mad "gorging orgy" which can only lead to catastrophe of unparalleled magnitude. As a first step there must be dramatic scaling down of the serving size followed by corrective steps to reduce calories, fat and sodium
in restaurant foods as much as possible, though it may involve some compromise on the sensory quality of the food preparations.


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