Food Porn Alert: Chili's "Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie"
1,600-Calorie Dessert Equivalent to One and a Half Racks of Chili’s Original Baby Back Ribs
WASHINGTON—After a full restaurant meal, would you order a rack of baby back ribs for dessert? How about a rack and a half? That would be roughly equivalent to Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie—the latest Food Porn exposed in Nutrition Action Healthletter. That dessert provides 1,590 calories (about three-quarters of a day's worth), 37 grams of saturated fat (almost two days' worth), and surprisingly, for a dessert, 910 milligrams of sodium (more than half a day’s worth). (The nutrition data have shifted very slightly since Nutrition Action went to press.)
Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie is a bar containing chocolate chips, walnuts and coconut, underneath vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and caramel toppings.
"It's quite easy to find appetizers and entrées north of 1,000 calories at Chili's, so who knows what damage has already been done by the time dessert hits the table," said CSPI senior nutritionist Jayne Hurley. "But even if you split the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie with someone else, it still would have more calories than the chain’s cheesecake. This kind of food porn helps explain America's epidemic of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. It also makes a compelling case why calorie counts belong right on the menus, not just buried on corporate web sites."
Nutrition Action, published by the nonprofit nutrition watchdog group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, spotlights a Food Porn on the back page of every issue. Other recent Food Porns include Starbucks' Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Sara Lee Cheesecake Bites, and DiGiorno's Ultimate Focaccia Pizza.
In its January/February issue CSPI gives its Right Stuff ranking to Eden Organic No Salt Added Beans—canned beans that come without added sodium (and whose cans come without the controversial chemical BPA).
Contact Jeff Cronin (jcronin[at]cspinet.org) or Ariana Stone (astone[at]cspinet.org).