Menu Planning With CSPI

It must be getting close to lunchtime… I want to go eat ALL OF THIS!

South Beach Diet Friendly!

This is a Cheeseburger in Paradise!

Take Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger.

Heaven knows, it’s tough to put a new spin on burgers. And quesadillas—two largetortillas stuffed with cheese—have made it big on appetizer menus.

Mix them together and you’ve got the Quesadilla Burger—a beef patty plus cheddar cheese, pepper-Jack cheese, bacon, Mexi-ranch sauce, pico de gallo, and shredded lettuce tucked into two white-flour tortillas.

With fries (440 calories), your platter comes to 1,820 calories and 46 grams of saturated fat. (“Add chili & cheese to your fries for $1.49,” says the menu. Let’s not even go there.)

Now, as you might expect, I’ve got some ideological differences with the folks at CSPI. They’d probably prefer to outlaw food like this, while folks like me — genetically blessed with low cholesterol — understand that eating this type of meal once in a blue moon is not that bad. I certainly don’t blame them for highlighting just how unhealthy this meal truly is, disagreeing with them, though, on their proposed menu labeling laws. But when it goes to the inevitable next step (the “fat tax”), we’re going to have major issues.

But I have to give CSPI some credit. They sure know how to make a guy hungry!

Hat Tip: Ezra Klein

  • trumpetbob15

    Dang, that looks good. And for a fat guy like me, these bastards need to leave me to my “lifestyle choice” so I can enjoy one of these babies.

  • Matthew Lee

    What do you know? That’s my regular Applebee’s meal.

  • Jenn

    Eating a meal like this once per month would be negligible, you are right. But eating like this once per week or once per day would present your body with a lot of hard choices.

    Salt is also an important part of what they talked about in this awards report. I heard this a few weeks ago and it has really stuck with me:
    Every 2400 mg of salt (just over 1/2 teaspoon) is like shaking your average salt shaker for about 30 seconds. That’s a lot of salt.

    Believe me – we all want to make the lifestyle choices that we want. But I, for one, want to be around to enjoy them.

    Thanks for the opinion and the insight!

  • l4k

    If that were a low carb tortilla, it would be a perfectly healthy meal sans fries.