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What Not to Eat

What Not to Eat

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IHOP’s menu is a recipe for disaster

“Four fluffy buttermilk pancakes loaded with creamy, rich cheesecake pieces and crowned with cool strawberries, powdered sugar and whipped top­ping.” That’s how the IHOP menu describes its New York Cheesecake Pancakes.

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Just what we needed! Two out of three American adults are overweight or obese and IHOP decides that its ordinary stack of Original Buttermilk Pancakes is too skimpy. They can’t expect customers to walk out of the restaurant with a mere 770 calories, mostly from white flour and (we suspect) a mix of butter and margarine (plus 55 calories’ worth of sugar in every tablespoon of syrup). Patrons would be hungry before they left the parking lot, for heavens sakes.

In contrast, the New York Cheesecake Pancakes are stick-to-your-ribs fare. With 1,100 calories (1,320 with a typical quarter cup of syrup), there’s enough to stick to your hips and thighs, too. And the day’s worth of saturated fat (21 grams) plus three-quarters of a day’s trans fat (1½ grams) can stick to your arteries…if they survive the 2,430-mil­ligram jolt of sodium. (Some of that sodium may be less harmful be­cause it comes from sodium bicarbonate instead of sodium chloride.)

IHOP even manages to target health-con­scious diners. How many patrons order the (partly whole grain) Harvest Grain ’N Nut Pancakes, for example, without knowing that they’re swal­lowing 920 calories (not counting the syrup)?

IHOP does offer some Simple & Fit dishes, which feature oatmeal, egg substitute, whole wheat toast, and fresh fruit. Everything else at the chain? Think of it as the Sugar & Fat menu.

Call IHOP and tell them what you think about their unhealthy fare: (818) 240-6055

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