01/16/2013 08:52 am ET Updated Mar 18, 2013

The Most 'Xtreme' Meals in America

Nutritionists here at the Center for Science in the Public Interest are always visiting America's chain restaurants to look for examples of meals that have surprisingly high levels of calories, saturated fat, sodium, or added sugar. Our studies of the nutritional quality of movie theater popcorn, steakhouse fare, and Chinese food gained headlines around the world.

Since 2007, the Xtreme Eating Awards have become an (almost) annual tradition. Today, we unveil the latest "winners" in the current issue of our award-winning, advertising-free Nutrition Action Healthletter. What we found is extreme by anyone's definition: A milkshake with a slice of apple pie blended right in. A 3,000-calorie plate of pasta. A breakfast that includes deep-fried steak and pancakes (and hash browns and eggs and gravy and syrup)!

Take a look at our nine dis-honorees: Which meal do you think is the most extreme of them all?

Xtreme Eating 2013

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