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FOOD FUN: A “Double” Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt. Photo courtesy
Denny’s.
 

We love the way it looks: It’s fun food. It belongs on a list of grilled cheese sandwich ideas.

But this sandwich is not so much fun, after all.

It was a dubious winner of a 2011 Xtreme Eating Award, bestowed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to highlight “American chain restaurants’ culinary extremism.”

Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt is described as “Grilled cheese with a twist. Four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread. Served with wavy-cut French fries and a side of marinara sauce.”

The “twist” serves itself up at 1,260 calories, 21 grams of saturated fat and 3,010 mg of sodium—the equivalent of downing two Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizzas.

 
“It’s as if the restaurants were targeting the remaining one out of three Americans who are still normal weight in order to boost their risk of obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer,” said CSPI nutrition director, Bonnie Liebman.

While the idea of cheese-within-cheese is fun, the results aren’t. So here’s THE NIBBLE’s own Eat This, Not That suggestion:

  • Trade the mozzarella sticks for tuna and enjoy a tuna melt.
  • Add some form of veggie: tomatoes, onions and/or pickles.
  • Pan-fry the sandwich in a healthy oil.
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    Here are the 2013 Xtreme Eating Awards winners.

      




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