Don’t Go to Food Extremes!

On July 15, 1972 Fat Furnace Creek in Death Valley, CA, had a ground temp of 201°F. And in late July of 2013 in Siberia the temperature hit 89.6°F, melting the not-so-permafrost. But those extremes don’t come close to the over-the-top number hit by Whole Hog Burger with sides from Uno Pizzeria & Grill: 2,850. Yup, 2,850 calories in one horrifying heap of hamburger, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto, four types of cheese, mayonnaise, fries and onion rings—plus three days’ worth of saturated fat (62g) and 9,790mg of sodium.

That humongous lump came in as numero uno in the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Extreme Eating Awards. But other chains made the list with offerings that also read like an engraved invitation to fatty liver disease, diabetes, heart attack, obesity, cancer, brain inflammation and dementia. Take Sonic’s RT 44 Grape Slush with Rainbow Candy that contains 970 calories and the equivalent of 11/4 cups of sugar!

FYI: A moderately active 50-year-old guy, five-foot-ten, 165 pounds, should take in 1650-2550 calories daily; a moderately active woman, 50, five-foot-six, 142 pounds, 1340-2075 calories.

If you have diabetes, heart disease or kidney problems, it’s 1,500mg sodium a day, max. In the 0.5 percent who are salt sensitive? Dodge it altogether. The rest of you? Just be careful.

And for everyone—no trans and few saturated fats; lots of 100 percent whole grains, healthy fats (olive oil) and omega-3s (salmon); and 5-9 servings of produce daily. Then you won’t become inflamed like Fat Furnace Creek!


At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.