Cheesecake Factory Bistro Shrimp Pasta among the 2013 Xtreme Eating finalists by CSPI (Complete List)

By on Jan 16, 2013 in Food, Health, United States Comments

Cheesecake Factory‘s Bistro Shrimp Pasta is among the nine 2013 Xtreme Eating finalists, which was named by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), noting that some of America’s major restaurant chains do not seem to be aligned with the current programs in fighting obesity in the country.

According to a press release at today, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, this year’s Xtreme Eating winners, which appears in the current issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter, may look and taste good as being well-prepared by restaurant chains; but are high in sugar, calories, saturated fat, and sodium.

As noted by CSPI, a typical adult should consume only about 2,000 calories and not over 20 grams of saturated fat and 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, adding that not more than 9 teaspoons of added sugars for men and 6 teaspoons for women are being strongly recommended by The Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

“It’s as if IHOP (formerly known as International House of Pancakes), The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and other major restaurant chains are scientifically engineering these extreme meals with the express purpose of promoting obesity, diabetes, and heart disease,” CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson was quoted in the report.

“You’d think that the size of their profits depended on their increasing the size of your pants.” Jacobson added, with CSPI now on its six years in releasing an annual list of Xtreme Eating dis-honorees. “I hope the Obama Administration promptly finalizes overdue calorie labeling rules for chain restaurants.”

Below is the complete list of the 2013 Xtreme Eating finalists, taken from the pdf file at, along with their “nutritional facts” that were compiled by the group from the concerned US restaurants.

Note: Use the pagination buttons below to view other photos and their respective descriptions on separate pages.

Cheesecake Factory Bistro Shrimp Pasta
Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta
Image Credit: Cheesecake Factory/CSPI

According to CSPI, this dish consists of crispy battered shrimp, fresh mushrooms and arugula is tossed with spaghettini in a basil-garlic-lemon cream sauce.

It has 3,120 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat and 1,090 milligrams of sodium; and is its equal to three lasagna classico entrees and a tiramisu from Olive Garden.

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