Many of us remember back in 2012/2013 when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried and failed to pass a sugary drink ban into law limiting the sale of soda and sugary drinks (See our prior blogs entitled Will The NYC Soda Ban Truly Serve The Purpose Behind The Law? ; NYC Sugary Drink Ban To Go Into Effect March 12, 2013 ; and Judge Blocks NYC Soda Ban At Eleventh Hour ). The law was to go into effect on March 12, 2013, but was stopped on March 11, 2013 by New York Supreme Court Justice Milton A. Tingling as being arbitrary and capricious. Although the proposed law's purpose of helping curb obesity was admirable, Justice Tingling's basis for preventing it from going into effect was sound in the law. The decision as to whether or not to limit the intake of certain drinks or foods, is truly up to and within the control of each and every one of us. However in order to make an informed decision in that regard, one should first obtain the necessary nutritional information.
Today in an effort to pay tribute to the basketball world's "March Madness," Outback restaurant has added (for a limited time) a new tempting appetizer to their menu called the 3-Point Bloomin' Onion. The new appetizer essentially consists of the customer favorite Bloomin' Onion, topped with another customer favorite Aussie Cheese Fries, which in turn is topped with chunks of center cut sirloin steak. If this sounds good to you, perhaps you should first decide how good it is for you before you indulge.
Although the specific nutrition label for the 3-Point Bloomin' Onion is not readily available from the Outback, they do provide the nutritional information for the components separately. The Aussie Cheese Fries is listed in part to have 1,160 calories, 85 grams of fat (35 grams of saturated fat and 1 gram of trans fat), 140 mg of cholesterol, 1,680 mg of sodium, 63 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of sugar. The Bloomin' Onion is listed in part to have 1,950 calories, 155 grams of fat (56 grams of saturated fat and 7 grams of trans fat), 130 mg of cholesterol, 3,840 mg of sodium, 123 grams of carbohydrates and 18 grams of sugar.
In that Outback could not provide us with the specific nutritional information for the 3-Point Bloomin' Onion, an employee advised that it would be fair to combine the individual item nutrition labels to get the requested information. If you combine only the individual labels of the Bloomin' Onion and the Aussie Cheese Fries, you get in part the following nutritional information. It is estimated that the 3-Point Bloomin' Onion, excluding the center cut sirloin, contains 3,110 calories, 240 grams of fat (91 grams of saturated fat and 8 grams of trans fat), 270 mg of cholesterol, 5,520 mg of sodium, 186 grams of carbohydrates and 20 grams of sugar.
Although I have witnessed one person easily consume a Bloomin' Onion or an order of Aussie Cheese Fries on their own, the 3-Point Bloomin ' Onion is purported to be enough for six people. Even if you are successful in completing the difficult task of limiting your consumption to a 1/6th share of the 3-Point Bloomin' Onion, you will still have consumed 518 calories, 40 grams of fat, 22 mg of cholesterol and 920 mg of sodium, not counting the center cut sirloin. All of this is before you even start on the entree and dare I say dessert. Hopefully this type of meal was not preceded by a Fast Food Breakfast as detailed in our article with the same title dated November 12, 2015. Perhaps Aristotle had the right idea by prescribing to a philosophy of living life in moderation.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.