The Worst Meal You Can Eat At A Chain Restaurant Is 3,600 Calories Of Booze And Deep-Fried Goodness


Center for Science in the Public Interest

Eating out at a chain restaurant is just about the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to eat healthy. Most restaurant chains load up on sodium, plus very few actually use fresh ingredients for their menu.

In the interest of public health, the Center for Science in the Public Interest decided to seek out the most unhealthy combination you could order at a chain restaurant.  We’re not talking about McDonalds or a fast food restaurant with a counter — We’re talking about a place where you sit down to be served.

CSPI came back with a list of meals that are over 2,000 calories, including a “Create Your Own” combination from Red Lobster’s that packs 3,600 calories in one sitting. Granted, almost 900 of those are from booze, but still — it’s not impossible to think that someone in America is eating this exact combination at Red Lobster right this very second. Via Time Magazine:

Customers can consume four days worth of sodium and a whopping 3,600 calories when they order the Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, and Shrimp Linguine, side orders of Caesar salad, French fries, and a Cheddar Bay Biscuit, while washing it all down with the chain’s 890-calorie, 24-ounce signature margarita.

That’s a combination that would make Bubba Gump proud.


It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Red Lobster, but I have to imagine you feel like a human blimp after eating such a gluttonous amount of fried shrimp and creme-doused pasta. The only green on that table is the lime for the margarita and the chartreuse-colored lettuce in that caesar salad. Hardly anything healthy about that.

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