Mozzarella Stick-Stuffed Grilled Cheese Is Making Americans Fat, Group Says

Denny's grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with four fried mozzarella sticks is one of a group of restaurant dishes blasted Tuesday by a health advocacy group, Reuters reported.

The list, issued by The Center for Science in the Public Interest, included a variety of gut-busting burgers, sandwiches, sweets and fried foods, servings of which contain over half the 2,000-calorie daily limit suggested by the organization. Most are also well over recommended levels of saturated fat, which should be below 20 grams, and sodium, which should be below 1,500 milligrams.

The peanut butter and chocolate shake at Cold Stone Creamery tops out 2,010 calories and 68 grams of saturated fat. Denny's mozzarella-stick filled "Fried Cheese Melt" contains 1,260 calories, 21 grams of saturated fat and 3,010 milligrams of sodium.

Other dishes singled out include The Cheesecake Factory's "Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake," which contains four alternating layers of red velvet cake and cheesecake, and Applebee's provolone-stuffed meatballs served over fettucine.

According to Reuters, Bonnie Leibman, the director of the organization, points to the fat and sodium content of restaurant dishes as one of the factors leading to 2 out of 3 Americans being overweight.

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