Calorie-rich shrimp pasta tops Xtreme Eating list

A plate of crispy battered shrimp, mushrooms, tomato and arugula tossed with spaghettini and a cream sauce took the cake Wednesday as the most calorie-rich chain restaurant dish in America.

Packing a whopping 3,120 calories, the Cheesecake Factory's Bistro Shrimp Pasta, which sells in Washington for $17.95, loomed large over other gut-busting menu items on this year's Xtreme Eating Awards list.

The countdown of high-calorie entrees and desserts is put out by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group focusing on health, nutrition and .

Among other dishes under the Xtreme Eating spotlight are the 1,980-calorie Deep Dish Macaroni and 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill and a 1,820-calorie Chocolate Zuccotto Cake at Maggiano's Little Italy.

By way of comparison, the average adult requires 2,000 calories a day.

"It's as if ... major restaurant chains are scientifically engineering these extreme meals with the express purpose of promoting obesity, diabetes, and ," said the center's executive director, Michael Jacobson.

More than one in three adults Americans, and around 17 percent of the nation's youth, are obese, contributing to a higher risk of and type two diabetes, according to the .

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alfie_null
not rated yet Jan 17, 2013
Seems to be a trend in restaurant chains to offer dishes that feature rich creamy, cheesy components vs. liberal use herbs and spices in, for instance, a tomato sauce. Everything relatively bland, or spicy-hot. But not savory. Maybe an issue of cost. Maybe it requires more skill to execute. Maybe the pre-assembled components don't ship or store well.

Regarding the name "Cheesecake Factory", it's always struck me as a poor choice of name. "Factory" suggests to me the ability to produce vast quantities. Gourmand, not gourmet.
PeterD
1 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2013
Eat a quarter of it and take the rest home for three more meals. I do this all the time when I eat out. No one is forcing you to eat the whole thing at one time!
Quondam
not rated yet Jan 22, 2013
I've been a chef for 15 years, and while there is some credence to fat adding flavour, it should be used to enrich a meal not bust your gut.
A 3000 calorie pasta is obscene, but if it appears on the menu it's probably because it sells, the people buying that crap are more too blame than those that sell it