NEW YORK -- The Cheesecake Factory's French Toast Napoleon has been named the worst food in America in the new 2013 edition of "Eat This, Not That!" The list, compiled by authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, includes the nation's worst pizza, fish, appetizer, chicken and more at major restaurant and fast-food chains across the country. The "Eat This, Not That" book series, which currently has more than 8 million copies in print and 15 installments, identifies unhealthy foods -- in fast-food chains, restaurant chains and grocery stores -- and offers healthier alternatives.
"We can't take all the credit, but since the 'Eat This, Not That!' series launched five years ago, many chain restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory, IHOP and Applebee's have rolled out low-calorie menus for health-conscious consumers," said David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health and author of the bestselling book series. "But despite the progress, America's restaurants still have a long way to go and our annual list highlights the worst offenders."
The list was compiled by evaluating the calorie counts, fat, sugar and sodium content, as well as portion sizes and other factors for menu items around the nation.
The Cheesecake Factory tops the list as the worst offender for the third consecutive year, this time with the French Toast Napoleon, a caloric bomb filled with indulgent ingredients like cream-drenched bread, piles of pecans, and a snowstorm of powdered sugar. The result: a breakfast with as many calories (2,530) as three dozen eggs. Also on the list is the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion, as well as Uno's Chicago Classic pizza, which has taken home the "worst pizza" title for five straight years.