Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Extreme Eating Makeover: Are You What You Eat?

What has more calories?

A plate of fresh chicken and broccoli pasta or a colossal burger?

No, it’s not a trick question.

Ruby Tuesday’s colossal burger has a whopping 1,940 calories but Ruby Tuesday’s pasta dish has 2,060 calories.  Thanks to its parmesan cream sauce and layer of melted cheese, and 128 grams of fat, it’s equivalent to two 12-ounce sirloin steaks, two buttered baked potatoes, and two Caesar salads. The colossal burger has 141 grams of fat, equivalent to five McDonald’s quarter pounders.


No wonder we have a growing obesity and diabetes explosion. If the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) get their way, they are proposing that restaurants label items with calories and fat grams. If New York City can do away with trans fat served in restaurants, then I don’t see why restaurants can’t comply with labeling.

What do you think? 

  1. I think we need to be aware of what we are putting in our mouths. Labeling the calories and fat grams in a dish is a big step in the right direction.

    But as a former caterer and cafe owner, crunching the nutritional numbers for each of the unique dishes I use to prepare would have been a big challenge, since so much of what I prepared in my kitchen was a new interpretation which was based on the availability of seasonal ingredients and what was in the cooler. I’m not sure how you could quickly calculate the grams when working in such an impromptu, and often, harried fashion.

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