Lasagna frittaIf lasagna wasn't already heavy enough, how about tossing it into a deep fryer? The Olive Garden chain figured that was a great idea and now one healthy eating advocacy group is saying the appetizer is so over-the-top bad for you that it's "food porn."

The healthy eating advocates at the Center for Science in the Public Interest's Nutrition Action Healthletter are calling attention to this fattening appetizer -- the latest entry into their collection of meals that shouldn't be.

Nutrition Action says the parmesan-breaded Lasagna Fritta, served over Alfredo sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce, will account for more than half a day's calories (1,030), a day's worth of saturated fat (21 grams) and sodium (1,590 milligrams).


The item is not the only fried food on the menu, just the most outrageous. The restaurant also has fried zucchini, fried mozzarella and fried calamari appetizers.

Not to be outdone, other chains have also recently been adding to their deep-fried menu. Every try the fried macaroni and cheese at Cheesecake Factory or fried pickles at Hooters? But who can top the State Fair of Texas, with its ever-expanding deep fried menu? Deep fried beer to go with that deep fried butter, anyone?

Jayne Hurley, senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, calls the love affair with fried foods a lack of imagination on the part of corporate chefs.

"In the old days like 10 or 15 years ago, you might find fried mozzarella sticks, but now you even have entrees that are being deep fried that are being passed as new and innovative dishes," Hurley told Consumer Ally.

Hurley added that concerns today about eating out are more alarming than they used to be.

"It really used to be that it didn't matter what you got at restaurants because you didn't go with the frequency that you do now," she said. "It wasn't where you got most of your calories. Now you're getting most of your calories at restaurants and these giant calories are adding up to giant weight gains."

Nutrition Action, which features its pick of "food porn" in every issue, has gone after other unusual food items, including Denny's Grand Slamwich and Domino's bread-bowl pastas.

What's the most outrageously unhealthy food you've ever seen? Consumer Ally wants to know. Email us at ConsumerAlly@WalletPop.com.



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