Revealed, the most calorific meals at UK’s biggest chains: Fried breakfasts at Toby Carvery contain up to 2,400 CALORIES (and even a ‘cheeky Nando’s’ can eat up almost all of your daily limit)
- Five UK restaurants offer meals which exceed the entire 2,000-calorie daily recommended intake for women
- NHS recommends that men stick to 2,500 daily calories, while women are advised against breaching 2,000
- All major food outlets with more than 250 staff will be forced to display calorie information from tomorrow
Hungry Britons could be in for a shock tomorrow when major food outlets are finally forced to display calorie information on their menus.
At least five restaurants across the country offer meals which exceed the entire 2,000-calorie recommended intake for women in a day, MailOnline can reveal.
Toby Carvery was found to offer the most calorific meal with its All You Can Eat Breakfast — which can be up to 2,371 calories in a standard serving, according to the company’s own nutritional guidelines.
The NHS recommends that men stick to 2,500 calories a day, while women are advised against breaching the 2,000-mark. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese — and one in three children leaves primary school at an unhealthy weight.
Tomorrow’s measures, which form part of the Government’s wider war on obesity, have been introduced to help consumers make more informed, healthier choices when eating out or ordering takeaways.
It is estimated that overweight and obesity-related conditions cost the NHS £6.1billion each year.
At least five restaurants across the country offer meals which exceed the entire 2,000-calorie recommended intake for women in a day, MailOnline can reveal
By Shaun Wooller for the Daily Mail
More than half of diners are likely to order healthier food when restaurants are forced to put calories on their menus from this week, a study suggests.
Some 57 per cent said the new nutritional information is likely to influence their choices but only 21 per cent believe it will help combat the nation’s obesity crisis.
The new rules require cafes, restaurants and takeaways run by firms with more than 250 employees to put calories on their menus from Wednesday.
It is part of a wider Government strategy to cut obesity and promote healthy eating.
Conditions related to being overweight or obese across the UK cost the NHS an estimated £6.1billion each year.
Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of adults in England are overweight or obese and one in three children leaves primary school too fat.
Vita Mojo, whose technology powers ordering systems for over 90 UK restaurant brands including Leon and Nando’s, polled 1,000 adults about the changes.
It found 48 per cent already track or have an awareness of their calorie intake, with women and younger people more likely to do so.
MailOnline’s analysis reviewed meals sold at 20 major outlets, including fast food giants and sit-down restaurants.
We looked for the most calorific meal options available at each of the chains.
Miller and Carter was found to offer the second most calorific meal with its Smoky Barbecue Ribs, which contains 2,363 calories per plate. The dish comes with a full rack of Pork ribs in smoky barbecue glaze, seasoned fries and coleslaw.
It was followed by Beefeater’s Flame Grill Combo — which includes half a rack of pork ribs glazed in BBQ sauce, chargrilled chicken breast, hot link style sausage, grilled chicken wings, pulled beef macaroni & cheese and seasoned corn riblets, served with skinny fries and house slaw — (2,222 calories) and a bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions, mayonnaise and a large fries from Five Guys (2,206).
Harvester’s Ultimate Mixed Grill plate was the fifth most calorific option reviewed by MailOnline, with 2,177 calories per plate.
The dish comes with quarter portion of our rotisserie chicken, an 8oz rump steak, a half rack of BBQ glazed ribs, a 7oz gammon steak, two pork sausages, two fried free-range eggs and two black pudding slices.
The aptly-named Honest Burgers’ Chilli Burger with rosemary salted chips contained more calories (1,848) than any other meal on its menu.
Meanwhile, one restaurant’s most unhealthy options appeared to be vegan — despite the non-meat or dairy diet usually considered to be more healthy.
Wagamama’s joint-most calorific option is its Hot Vegatsu (1,282), which shares the same amount of calories as the restaurant’s Grilled Duck Donburi.
The vegan option is made out of sietan — a product made from gluten — covered in curry sauce, while the meat option is a shredded duck leg in a spicy teriyaki sauce, served with carrots, mangetout, sweet potato and red onion on a bed of sticky Japanese rice.
Pizza-lovers may be surprised to learn a small Sausage and Pepperoni pizza from Papa John’s has as many as 1,584 calories.
This is slightly more than Pizza Hut’s Meat Feast Hot small pizza (1,548) — despite that including the company’s piri-piri stuffed crusts.
Domino’s had the healthiest high-calorie option of the three chains, with its small Meatball Marinara pizza having 1,433 calories. The company told MailOnline the pizza is not on their core range and it is up to franchise’s discretion whether to include it on their menus.
Toby Carvery’s All You Can Eat Breakfast does not specify what quantity of which foods is required to reach the calorie level listed on its nutritional information on its website.
A Nando’s Spokesperson said: ‘We firmly believe in customer choice which is why we offer a range of delicious options to cover PERi-PERi fans who are looking for a treat or those who are looking for a healthier option.
‘We welcome the new legislation and the addition of calorie information on all our printed menus compliments the range of nutritional information that has always been available on our website and app.’
Toby’s Carvery’s All You Can Eat Breakfast can be up to 2,371 calories in a standard serving, according to the company’s own nutritional guidelines
Harvester’s Ultimate Mixed Grill plate is the fifth most calorific option reviewed by MailOnline, with 2,177 calories per plate
The most calorific meals at 20 UK restaurants
From tomorrow, calories will need to be displayed at the point of choice for the customer, such as physical menus, online menus, food delivery platforms and food labels.
Businesses with 250 or more employees in England are the only ones who will be affected.
In a Public Health England survey on calorie reduction, 79 per cent of respondents said they think menus should include the number of calories in food and drinks.
However, the move has received a mixed response, with one charity warning the move will negatively affect people with eating disorders.
Tom Quinn, director of external affairs at Beat, said the eating disorder charity was ‘extremely disappointed’.
He said: ‘We know from the people we support that including calories on menus can contribute to harmful eating disorder thoughts and behaviours worsening.
‘For instance, it can increase a fixation on restricting calories for those with anorexia or bulimia, or increase feelings of guilt for those with binge-eating disorder.
‘There is also very limited evidence that the legislation will lead to changed eating habits among the general population.
‘1.25million people in the UK have an eating disorder, and sadly we know that the pandemic has contributed to more people than ever before needing support for these serious mental illnesses.
‘Beat has continually asked the Government to consider the impact on people affected by eating disorders and to take an evidence-based approach when creating health policies.
‘This should involve consulting eating disorder clinicians and experts by experience at every stage of the process.’
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: ‘Obesity is one of the biggest health issues we face as a country and clear food labelling plays an important role in helping people make healthier choices for themselves and their families.
‘We are all used to seeing nutritional information on products sold in supermarkets and displaying calorie information on menus can help us consume fewer calories when eating out or getting a takeaway.
‘The regulations will also allow businesses to provide menus without calorie information at the request of the customer.’
WHAT SHOULD A BALANCED DIET LOOK LIKE?
Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS
• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables count
• Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain
• 30 grams of fibre a day: This is the same as eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and large baked potato with the skin on
• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing lower fat and lower sugar options
• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)
• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consuming in small amounts
• Drink 6-8 cups/glasses of water a day
• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men a day
Source: NHS Eatwell Guide
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