A burger containing 98 per cent of a woman’s recommended daily calorie intake has been labelled “ludicrous” and “irresponsible” by a leading nutritionist.
Pub-restaurant chain Hungry Horse’s Double Donut Burger, which is sold with the tagline ‘So Wrong It’s Right’, includes two beef burgers topped with melted cheese, four smoked streaky bacon rashers and barbeque sauce served in two grilled glazed ring donuts.
In total the burger contains 1966 calories, equivalent to 98 per cent of a woman’s guideline daily amount. In comparison a McDonald’s double cheeseburger contains only 440 calories, while a GBK burger weighs in at 900 calories.
Mel Wakeman, Senior Lecturer in Applied Physiology at Birmingham City University said: “To me, this is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. I am no killjoy but why is this sort of food available? This burger is literally a heart attack on a plate”.
She added: “Hungry Horse obviously have no conscience and no doubt both their wallet and the size of their customers will be getting fatter by the week!”
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In order to discover the nutritional value of the burger, customers are required to find Hungry Horse’s online menu, a measure criticised by Ms Wakeman who asked: “Why can’t they include on the menu what the customer would need to do to burn all those calories off?”
The Hungry Horse burger, which is on sale for £8.99, is part of new menu brought in last month that also features crispy battered jalapenos and cookie dough cheesecake.
Spokesperson for Hungry Horse Steve Jebson said: “All the nutritional information for our menu is available on our website and in our pubs, so that our customers are able to make informed decisions about what they choose to eat.”Reuse content