Docs Want Giant Burger Labeled "Dietary Disaster"

Wednesday, Apr 1, 2009  |  Updated 11:59 AM PDT
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Bodacious Baseball Burger Is a Caloric Grand Slam

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Josh Kowalczyk, an intern with the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Comstock Park, Mich. poses with a $20 burger that features 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.

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Bodacious Baseball Burger Is a Caloric Grand Slam

The burger adds up to almost 5,000 calories and 300 grams of fat.
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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The staff dietitian at a doctors group says a minor-league baseball team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, should warn fans that a 4,800-calorie burger it plans to sell is bad for them.

Susan Levin of the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine sent a letter to the West Michigan Whitecaps on Tuesday. She wants the enormous burger to be labeled a "dietary disaster" that increases the risk of cancer and heart disease.

The 4-pound (1.8-kilogram), $20 burger features five beef patties, five slices of cheese, nearly a cup of chili and liberal doses of salsa and corn chips — all on an 8-inch (20-centimeter) bun.

Whitecaps spokesman Mickey Graham says the team hasn't considered labeling the burger, which he says is a gimmick being promoted as a very unhealthy menu item.
 

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