This appetizer is like ordering four Big Macs

Pork bellies are in. And The Cheesecake Factory never disappoints.

Thank heavens the chain stepped up to the plate with its Pork Belly Sliders—four mini-burgers with “slices of slow roasted smoked pork belly with barbecue sauce, cole slaw and fried pickles.”

Naturally, they’re on the appetizer menu. After all, who wouldn’t want to start their meal with the equivalent of one, two, three, or four Big Macs?

Yes, a single slider has 520 calories and 10 grams (half a day’s) saturated fat, plus 900 milligrams of sodium, all on a not-so-mini, white flour, Wonder Bread-like bun.

Split the plate with your date, and you’re talking 1,000+ calories each. What better way to get ready for one of the Factory’s 1,500-calorie entrées before you dig into a 1,200-calorie slice of cheesecake?

Or try the Roadhouse Sliders (each is equal to a McDonald’s Hamburger) or Southern Fried Chicken Sliders (each with the calories of a McDonald’s Cheeseburger). Heaven forbid you should leave the restaurant without at least one burger.

“Everybody loves sliders,” the chain’s chief culinary officer told Vegas Player Magazine in July. “These are more upscale.”

Leave it to The Cheesecake Factory to give new meaning to the word “upscale.”

Photo: The Cheesecake Factory.

The information in this post first appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.

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