July 19, 2011

More Calories Than They Admit

1 Restaurant Calorie Counts Incorrect

Almost one of five restaurant dishes studied contained at least 100 more calories than what was stated on the restaurant website. Researchers from Tufts University found that 19 percent of foods they tested had 100 or more excess calories. Chain restaurants found guilty of underestimating actual calories in their food include Olive Garden, Outback Steak House, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Boston Market. From January to June of 2010, Tufts researchers studied 269 food items from 42 sit-down and fast-food restaurants located in Massachusetts, Indiana and Arkansas. Researchers bought the food, but didn't tell restaurants about the study. They took their food back to the lab where it was analyzed for calories. The findings were compared with calories reported on the restaurant websites.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Restaurant Menus, Restaurant Nutrition, Food Calorie Listings, Restaurant Calorie Counts, Chipotle Mexican Grill Calorie Errors, Olive Garden Calorie Website Mistakes, Boston Market Food Calorie Count, Outback Steak House Calories, Restaurant Websites Incorrect Calories

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Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake Wins

2 Xtreme Eating Awards Go to Cheesecake Factory

Cheesecake Factory's Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake, which contains 1,540 calories and 59 grams of saturated fat per slice, is a big winner in the Xtreme Eating Awards bestowed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). At a news conference, CSPI aimed to shame their seven winners with eight awards. Cheesecake Factory received two of the honors, including one for their Farmhouse Cheeseburger, which contains 1,530 calories and 36 grams of saturated fat. Other winners include Denny's for Fried Cheese Melt, Cold Stone Creamery for PB&C Shake, Applebee's for Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine, Great Steak for Great Fries, Morton's for Porterhouse Steak, and IHOP for Monster Bacon ’N Beef Cheeseburger.

More at CSPI | Hat tip to WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cheesecake Factory Calorie Counter

Tags: Center for Science in the Public Interest, Xtreme Eating Awards, Cheesecake Factory, The Farmhouse Cheeseburger, Monster Bacon 'N Beef Cheeseburger, Fried Cheese Melt, Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs with Fettuccine, Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake

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Potentiates Common Chemo Drug

3 New Compound Fights Aggressive Breast Cancers

A compound increased human breast cancers’ sensitivity to the common chemotherapy drug docetaxel in experiments with mice models of the disease conducted at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. ABT-737 is part of a new class of anticancer drugs called BH3 mimetics and works by rendering the protein Bcl-2 ineffective. Bcl-2 allows both healthy and cancer cells to live and it is highly expressed in up to 70 percent of breast cancers. Tumor response and survival rates were higher in mice that got both drugs compared to receiving only one or the other and even worked against triple negative breast cancers which are aggressive and have a poor prognosis. Navitoclax is an oral drug in the same class that researchers hope can be used in humans but clinical trials are years away.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Triple Combination Effective Against Cancer, Giving Birth May Up Uncommon Breast Cancer, Marker Found in Triple-Negative Breast Cancers

Tags: Breast Cancer, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, ABT-737, Bcl-2, BH3 Mimetics, Aggressive Breast Cancers, Navitoclax, Docetaxel

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