Heart-attack on a bun
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Fast-food industry is fattening up its fare & America is eating it up
By Kate Santich
Orlando Sentinel
September 19, 2006, 12:10 PM EDT
Surely every American old enough to place his own Happy Meal order knows there's an obesity epidemic in this country. Despite this -- and despite piles of research on the evils of diets high in saturated fat and sodium and low in fiber -- American fast-food chains continue to roll out bigger, fatter, more decadent fare.

Consider this summer's debut of Burger King's BK Stackers, which include a Quad Stacker option of four slabs of beef, four slices of cheese and up to eight slices of bacon -- "smothered," as the company puts it, in a creamy sauce.

"This burger might better be called the quadruple-bypass special," says Jeff Novick, director of nutrition for the Pritikin Longevity Center. "Fast food like this is great if you're in a hurry -- to die."

The behemoth sandwich -- defibrillator sold separately -- contains 1,000 calories and a whopping 68 grams of fat, including 30 grams of saturated fat. According to nutritionists, that's about half the calories and 1-1/2 times the saturated fat the average adult should consume in an entire day.  
Quote:Only 1,000? Gimme 2! [Image: gimmefood.gif] 

For its part, Burger King says it is simply giving the public what it wants.
Quote:I didn't even know I wanted one until Burger King told me I did.

"We're satisfying the serious meat lovers by leaving off the produce and letting them decide exactly how much meat and cheese they can handle," says Denny Marie Post, the corporation's senior vice president.

And in case the kids fail to notice the sandwich, Burger King also sells collectible figurines of the cartoonish characters featured in the BK Stackers' TV ads.

But Burger King isn't alone in fattening up its fare. In fact, there are worse burgers out there -- notably Hardee's 1,420-calorie Monster Thickburger, which has 107 grams of fat.

Nor is the nutritional affront limited to burgers. Subway's 12-inch Double-Meat Classic Tuna Sub packs 1,580 calories and 110 grams of fat, Denny's Extreme Grand Slam Breakfast has 1,270 calories and 77 grams of fat, and Blimpie's BLT has 1,180 calories and 64 grams of fat.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest -- known for exposing the unhealthy content of everything from Mexican food to alfredo sauce -- labels such excessive fare "food porn" and argues that a lot of diners may not realize just how fattening the food is.

"To those who say we don't need calorie counts on menu boards, I say, 'Have you met the Thickburger?' " says executive director Michael F. Jacobson. "A good rule of thumb is that if a burger needs a comma in its calorie count, it's virtually impossible to fit into a healthy diet."

But some marketing experts say calorie counts won't matter. A lot of customers just may not care.

Novick, for one, thinks it's part of a public backlash against the near-constant admonishment to eat more healthfully. He traces the roots to the 2003 death of controversial diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins, who blamed carbohydrates -- not fat -- for the obesity epidemic. Though officials said Atkins died of injuries he suffered in a fall on an icy New York sidewalk, there were conspiratorial whispers of cardiovascular disease.

Dieters didn't know what to believe anymore.
Quote:Didn't? How about still don't.

"It was like people just threw up their hands, frustrated," Novick says. "Pretty soon there was some restaurant bragging about serving deep-fried Twinkies."

He doesn't necessarily blame the restaurants -- after all, sales figures show that the more egregious the nutrition, the better the food sells. When Hardee's added its 715-calorie Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shake, for instance, its shake sales doubled. On the other hand, Wendy's fresh fruit bowl proved to be a flop.
Quote: If I want fresh fruit, I'll buy it at the grocery, not Wendy's. Why even bother going to Wendy's for fresh fruit? Seems pointless.

"Let's face it, we come from environments where food was very scarce, and there are certain things we're instinctually attracted to for survival," Novick says. "Well, now they've figured out how to make food packed with those things that were rare in the environment and that we used to have to struggle to get -- and we can get them without even getting out of our cars."

Kate Santich can be reached at ksantich@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5503. Copyright 2006, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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It just kills me when the nutrition "experts" get all up-in-arms over the fast food industry. It's so silly - as if people don't already know that a burger filled with 12 slices of processed cheese and two pounds of horsemeat, dripping with mayo, butter, and grease isn't fattening. [Image: eatdrink028.gif] 
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What I don't understand is how someone can eat all that in one sitting without getting sick.
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Jason and I were watching TV together one night and saw the commercial for that "BK Stacker"...when they showed the "quad" I swear we we both in a chorus of "EWWWW!!" Honestly, who NEEDS four patties? That is just disgusting. And DOUBLE meat at Subway? I didn't even know that was a menu option! Yuck.... [Image: puke.gif] I don't think people look at things by way of necessity anymore. It's aaalllllll decadence...
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The winner in my book was the double cheeseburger served on a KRISPY CREME donut at some minor league baseball stadium in the Midwest. I love a good cheeseburger, Krispy Kreme donuts are awesome but together??? Ewww.....

Not that I'm eating either right now or for the foreseeable future.
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A cheese burger in my opinion is one of the most delicious things you can eat especially with a huge chocolate malted milk shake.  I have to stay away from them though.  I find that it takes me a long time to digest beef.  It just seems to sit in my stomach for days.  It is very uncomfortable.  I love junk food.  Even though right now I could go for the works I can't eat that much at one sitting.  My eyes are bigger than my stomach.  If I try to eat what they show all of the real men eatilng on TV I would explode.  It's like on thanksgiving when I have over eaten.  It is miserably uncomfortable.  It makes me wonder how people get to be morbidly obsess.  How do people eat like this on their lunch brakes and then go back to work?  It is just so painful.  I am with Sophia on how can they eat all of that food.  Also, I don't know if everyone has a Carl's Junior in their area but have you seen the disgusting chimerical for a pastrami burger.  The combination alone is disgusting not to mention the size of the sandwich.  Have it with a big gulp.  Also, have you seen the size of some of these soft drinks.  Some are like forty ounces.  And they serve milk shakes in the same size. 
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Sophia Wrote:What I don't understand is how someone can eat all that in one sitting without getting sick.

 
You must not have any adolescent boys in your house.
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Quote:Subway's 12-inch Double-Meat Classic Tuna Sub packs 1,580 calories and 110 grams of fat.

Double-Meat Classic Tuna? What gives? I say keep the tune, eat the dolphins! [Image: gimmefood.gif]

Quote:The Center for Science in the Public Interest -- known for exposing the unhealthy content of everything from Mexican food to alfredo sauce -- labels such excessive fare "food porn" and argues that a lot of diners may not realize just how fattening the food is.

Somehow, I never thought of eating a big burger as "porn". Would thinking about eating a burger now be considered as impure thoughts? [Image: shrug.gif]



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MaryTerry Wrote:
Sophia Wrote:What I don't understand is how someone can eat all that in one sitting without getting sick.

 
You must not have any adolescent boys in your house.
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I know! They can eat their own weight!
 
Btw, the bun is more likely to give you a heart attack than the meat. The "cheese" is not really cheese- it is processed goo. All of it tastes like cardboard... stay home and eat a steak! [Image: gimmefood.gif]
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MaryTerry Wrote:You must not have any adolescent boys in your house. [Image: gimmefood.gif][Image: popcorn.gif][Image: beatup.gif][Image: jabs.gif][Image: boxers.gif][Image: gimmefood.gif]    
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No!  We haven't quite reached that point yet- the oldest is 11 though, it won't be long.
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