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Chain Restaurants Nab Xtreme Eating "Honors"

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By Rebecca Sheir

The Food and Drug Administration has until next spring to propose rules for calorie-labeling at restaurant chains. But that doesn't mean some chains in the region are doing away with high-calorie items.

If you've gone to The Cheesecake Factory, you might have ordered an entree that packs 2,500 calories and more saturated fat than you should consume in four days. If you had extra room, you might have devoured a dessert with the nutritional equivalent of fourteen Hostess Ho-Hos.

The chain's Pasta Carbonara and Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake are among the winners of the 2010 Xtreme Eating Awards. The nonprofit Center For Science In The Public Interest says it's highlighting nine gut-busting items to prepare restaurants for the new calorie-labeling law.

Other winners of this year's dubious honor include the 920-calorie Bacon Cheeseburger at Five Guys, and the Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo at PF Chang's, which CSPI says packs more calories than ten egg rolls.

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