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Bucking the calorie counting trend

Posted on 13th July 2010 in Gossip
Written by: Jen Dugdale

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years it can’t have escaped your notice that we are being encouraged to live a healthier lifestyle. Endless stories talk about which foods are good or bad for you; restaurants and food manufacturers alike are under pressure to reform their meals and products as well detailing the exact contents so that consumers can make informed decisions about what they eat. There is even talk of banning certain types of fat and other elements that are deemed unhealthy.

So, in light of all the bad press surrounding food at the moment, it is surprising to hear tales of openly unhealthy foodstuffs unashamedly flaunting their calories and sat fat contents. The Telegraph reported that the world’s most unhealthy drink, sold in Marina Del Ray, California, was the Stone Cold PB&C milkshake. Made with chocolate ice cream, milk and peanut butter it weighs in at a whopping 2,010 calories, 131g of fat (68 of which are saturated) and 153g of sugar. Native Californians are well known for their healthy lifestyles so it comes as no surprise that this drink is most popular with tourists.

Perhaps an even more shocking example is the Heart Attack Grill, Florida. Menu items include Single, Double Triple and Quadruple Bypass Burgers and Flatliner Fries. The Heart Attack Grill even goes as far as to reward obesity. Customers who weigh over 350 pounds (that’s 25 stone!) are entitled to eat unlimited burgers for free.

Maybe they are operating under the theory that people will become sick of being told what they should and should not eat, driving them to indulge in a little (or large) guilty pleasure. Both establishments are successful so they must be doing something right to be bucking the calorie counting trend. Whatever the motivation behind openly encouraging people to eat these kinds of foods it is important to remember that it is all about choice. It is easy to blame these types of outlets for the rise in obesity but the fact remains that by eating sensibly and taking regular exercise the occasional cheeseburger or slice of cake will do you no harm.

Although perhaps a Quadruple Bypass Burger should be a once in a lifetime experience!