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Local Chain Restaurant Makes Unhealthy Dish List

Uno Chicago Grill made the Xtreme Eating Awards list.

When you eat out, do you choose your meal based on its nutritional content, or do you splurge?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s website recently put the spotlight on some of the more extreme options offered by national restaurant chains.

According to the 2013 "winners" list, the Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill has four cups of pasta; Cheddar, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses; an Alfredo sauce made from heavy cream, cheese, rendered chicken fat, and butter; and a crushed Ritz Cracker topping.

"With a day's worth of calories (1,980), three-and-a-half days' worth of saturated fat (71 grams), and two days' worth of sodium (3,110 mg), eating this entrée is like eating a whole Family Size box of Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese—with half a stick of butter melted on top," states the Xtreme Eating Awards release.

Read what other chains were including in this year's list in the pdf section of this article.

MarpleResident January 24, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Interesting how the government chooses to isolate Uno Chicago Grill when you have Casey’s, Ale House, Casale, Fellini’s, Fresco’s, Trattoria Giuseppe serving fat and cholesterol drenched meals well over 3,000 calories. If you are talking about a food chain, what about the 3000+ calorie meals from Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steak burgers, Barnaby’s, Popeye’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and McDonalds? Just a waste of taxpayers money.
Jim Kisela January 24, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Why does MarpleResident assume this information is from the government? The source is the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an independent non-profit. "CSPI is primarily funded by the 900,000 subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and individual donors. ... Nutrition Action Healthletter accepts no advertising, and CSPI accepts no corporate funds or government grants". By the way, following the links in the article, MarpleResident would see that CSPI does, in fact, list a lot of other food chains as the sources of unhealthy food (http://www.cspinet.org/new/201301161.html).
Maria Kollar January 24, 2013 at 08:58 PM
They picked a macaroni and cheese dish? What did they expect? Most of Uno's menu gives some very healthy options, And the best part of their healthy choices? They taste great!
Jane Rowan January 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I happen to think UNO is a fantastic restaurant with great management. There are plenty of choices and UNO posts information about calories etc on their website. People aren't stupid and they often make choices that they like but are not liked by the government.

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