Many U.S. chain restaurants are promoting "extreme eating" with dishes that pack at least a day's calories and fat, without giving customers facts about their orders, a consumer group said on Monday.
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Displaying restaurantofferingsincluding a cheese-laden chicken-and-pasta dish they dubbed "Angioplasta," officials at the Center for Science in the Public Interest said such dishes help fuel national epidemics of obesity and heart disease.
They urged local, state and national governments to make restaurants list nutritional data on their menus.
Michael Jacobson, the group's executive director, took aim at "table-service" chain restaurants like Ruby Tuesday's and Uno Chicago Grill. Such places increasingly stuff their dishes with extra unhealthy ingredients, he said.
"What we're finding is that table-service restaurants have launched into a whole new era of extreme eating," Jacobson said. "If we're going to deal with the epidemic of obesity and the tremendous prevalence of heart attacks and strokes, we're going to have to do something about restaurant foods."
Jacobson's group often criticizes at a variety of restaurant foods. Some critics deride the group asself-appointedfood police.
Jacobson said restaurants have had more than enough time to voluntarily provide nutritional data such as calorie, fat and salt content but many do not.
"Restaurants have every right to make these foods and you have every right to eat them," Jacobson said. "But I think at the very least these restaurants should give consumers the information that would enable them to make some decent eating choices."
此消费者权益组织的执行主任迈克尔·雅各布森将类似Ruby Tuesday's和 Uno Chicago Grill等提供“桌上服务”的连锁餐馆作为此次行动的主要目标。他说，这些餐馆提供的食物中所含的不健康成分越来越多。