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These are 9 of the least-healthy chain restaurant meals

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By Mike Timmermann, clarkhoward.com

If you’re trying to watch what you eat, then you’ll want to stay away from the “winners” of the 2016 Xtreme Eating Awards.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has once again identified chain restaurant meals with a staggering number of calories, fat, sugar and sodium — sometimes more than a day’s worth in one meal!

Winners of 2016 Xtreme Eating Awards announced

There are online calculators to determine your individual needs, but 2,000 calories a day is a good rough estimate. Using a calorie calculator can help you figure out your personal optimal calorie intake, based on factors like your age and level of physical activity.

And even though it’s clear that several of the appetizers, entrees and desserts listed below are meant to be shared, the 2,000+ calorie counts are still pretty staggering!

Applebee’s: Build Your Sampler

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 3,390 total calories
  • 65 grams of saturated fat
  • 11,650 milligrams of sodium

PRICE: $18.47 (5 plates)

Maggiano’s Little Italy: Marco’s Meal for Two

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 2,840 calories per person
  • 79 grams of saturated fat
  • 6,390 milligrams of sodium

PRICE: $42.95 

The Cheesecake Factory: Fried Chicken & Waffles Benedict

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 2,580 calories
  • 86 grams of saturated fat
  • 3,390 milligrams of sodium
  • 15 teaspoons of sugar

PRICE: Not available online

Dave & Buster’s: Short Rib & Cheesy Mac Stack

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 1,910 calories
  • 42 grams of saturated fat
  • 3,390 milligrams of sodium

PRICE: $11.49

SONIC: RT 44 Grape Slush with Rainbow Candy

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 970 calories
  • Equivalent of 1.25 cups of sugar

PRICE: $4.29

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Cremini Pork Shank

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 1,800 calories
  • 43 grams of saturated fat
  • 3,700 milligrams of sodium

PRICE: $23.00

Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Whole Hog Burger

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 2,850 calories
  • 62 grams of saturated fat
  • 9,790 milligrams of sodium

PRICE: $16.99

Jersey Mike’s Subs: Giant Chipotle Cheese Steak

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 1,850 calories
  • 30 grams of saturated fat
  • 4,330 milligrams of sodium

PRICE: $15.28 (giant combo)

Buffalo Wild Wings: Dessert Nachos

These are 9 of the unhealthiest chain restaurant meals

  • 2,100 calories
  • 64 grams of saturated fat
  • 30 teaspoons of sugar

PRICE: $7.29

If you don’t want to consume so many calories, many of these restaurants have “lighter menus” with entrees between 600 and 800 calories.

And you can always skip appetizers, dessert or take half of your meal home.

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