01 September 2011

Denny’s introduces cheese themed menu: Includes 1690 calorie patty melt

We have given props to national restaurant chain Denny’s for giving plant-based patrons a dining option by offering Amy’s Veggie Burgers. We have also taken the Spartanburg, S.C.-based franchisor to task when it rolled out its fat ladened “Baconalia” menu featuring disgusting and unhealthy items such as the Maple Bacon Sundae.

Oh how we wish the following news represented the former rather than the latter.

Denny’s, apparently in an attempt to outdo the aforementioned “Baconalia” event, is now asking America to “Get Cheesy.”

The all new “Let’s Get Cheesy!” menu features “six new dishes designed to make any cheese lover melt.” And gain 5 pounds in one setting.

"With America consuming around 8.8 billion pounds of cheese annually, Denny's is answering to the appetites of the nation by introducing a dedicated menu that celebrates all things cheesy," said John Dillon, Denny's vice president of marketing and product development.

Only 8.8 billion pounds, is that all?

After Denny’s patrons get done chowing down on copious amounts of cheesy badness, that 8.8 billion pounds will seem like child’s play.

For instance, the selection off of the new cheese-centric menu that is causing the most buzz, the Mac 'n Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt, was created to cause a dairy induced overload.

In the words of Denny’s, the Big Fatty er sorry Big Daddy "is a hand-pressed beef patty topped with new creamy Mac 'n Cheese, melted cheddar cheese and zesty Frisco sauce on grilled potato bread."

This behemoth of a sandwich contains 1,690 calories, 99 grams of fat, 2010 mg of sodium and 180 mg of cholesterol.

This of course is exactly what our nation needs, more fat, more calories and more salt.

Because the obesity epidemic, the rising instances of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and heart disease, need more assistance in systematically destroying our country’s collective health.

Yeah we know it’s up to the individual to make dietary choices, but why is it necessary for fast food establishments to continually increase unhealthy (not to mention cruel) menu options to an already flooded market?

Maybe it’s time we start handing out free copies of “The China Study” to every citizen before our already broken healthcare system finally goes belly up for good.

It may sound like a "cheesy" idea but at this point anything is worth a try.

Eric Fortney | Facebook |@elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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