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Hold the Fat: Are extra ingredients weighing your Fast Food down?

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(CBS) - The Center for Science in the Public Interest says laws requiring restaurant chains to list calories hasn't stopped them from serving up meals loaded with calories, fat, salt and sugar.

The group listed five restaurants as some of the worst: California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang's, Five Guys, Cheesecake Factory and Bob Evans.

CSPI's executive director points out that McDonald's Big Mac used to be the item used as their measuring point, but that its now almost healthy compared to other meals.

The group's director of nutrition breaks down a pancake meal from Bob Evans.
She points out that pancakes in and of themselves aren't really all that healthy, but these pancakes go above and beyond.

"The Big Mac used to be kind of a standard, like the dollar is to world currencies, the Big Mac was to restaurant foods. Some meals, some foods had a little more calories some had a few less calories. It was kind of the standard. But compared to some of the meals that we're seeing in restaurants now, the Big Mac looks downright dainty," said Bonnie Liebman
Dir. Nutrition, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Liebman also says white flour, sugar and fat are all contributing the nation's growing waistlines.
 

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