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One Of The Least Nutritious Restaurant Food Combos Of All Time Belongs To
Red Lobster
By Nico Danilovich
As one of the biggest global seafood buyers, Red Lobster goes out of its way to source its goods sustainably, and the corporation has also been lauded for how it treats its employees and gives back to its local communities. However, one trend Red Lobster hasn't necessarily caught onto yet is healthy dining.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group, gives out "Xtreme Eating" awards every year to expose food service companies for encouraging their customers to overindulge. Red Lobster’s "Create Your Own Combination" earned this award in 2015, but it wasn't just any old combo.
The unhealthiest Red Lobster combo consisted of Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Shrimp Linguine Alfredo, and Walt's Favorite Shrimp paired up with a Caesar salad, a Cheddar Bay Biscuit, and some French fries. This combo provided consumers with 2,710 calories (3,600 if you add the restaurant's signature Lobsterita cocktail) and 6,530 milligrams of sodium.
A Red Lobster spokesperson replied that "CSPI's Xtreme Eating Awards hone in on just one atypical combination and, as a result, inaccurately portrays the nature of this menu item." However, this specific combination is no longer offered by Red Lobster, as diners can now only get two sides, and Shrimp Linguini Alfredo is no longer an entrée option for the combo.