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Heart attack on a bun

March 26, 2009 - Steve Murch
My first reaction was “Does a defibrillator come with it?”

“It” is the monstrocity that will be served up at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids this summer at Whitecaps games. Even dyed-in-the-wool hamburger lovers might are likely to do a double-take on this one. The AP story states:

“The $20 burger will feature a sesame-seed bun made from a pound of dough, five 1/3-pound beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips.”

I hope that it’s a meal for five people, even if it’s under one bun. It costs $20, so if a family of four decides to each get one, that’s $80 bucks on top of the drinks to wash it down and the Pepto-Bismal when you get home.

The massive pile of food has 4,800 calories. The recommended caloric intake for a man who is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and works out 3-5 days a week is less than 3,000 calories a day.

There will be people who attempt it, and people who might finish it. But really, should we be pushing this kind of food? At what point do we say enough is enough? We don’t want to legislate/dictate/enforce what people eat, but shouldn’t we keep an eye on stupidity? Eating that burger is in no way, shape or form health.

You do get a free T-shirt if you eat it all in one sitting. I hope the T-shirt is worth it. Or helps ease the pain when you visit the doctor.


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