CRITICS SLAMMED a new doughnut burger with a calorie content of 1,996, calling it “irresponsible” and “a heart attack on a plate”.
The burger, created by pub chain, Hungry Horse, contains nearly 100% of a woman’s recommended daily calorie intake, 8.2g of salt and 53g of saturated fat – far surpassing the 20g daily allowance for women and 30g allowance for men.
Made up of two beef burgers topped with cheese, four rashers of bacon, barbecue sauce and then sandwiched between two glazed ring doughnuts, the Double Donut burger is advertised with the tagline: “So Wrong It’s Right” by the national chain.
After much criticism, Hungry Horse defends the indulgent burger, Steve Jebson said: "Our popular menu caters for a variety of tastes and appetites and includes everything from lower calorie options such as our hot chicken and bacon salad at 393 calories, through to the indulgent occasional treat such as our new Double Donut Burger. All the nutritional information for our menu is available on our website and in our pubs, so that our customers are able to make informed decisions about what they choose to eat."
But Mel Wakeman, senior lecturer in Applied Physiology at Birmingham City University doesn’t agree, she questions why this sort of food is even available in the first place: "Why can't they include on the menu what the customer would need to do to burn all those calories off? In the case of this Double Donut Burger, around three hours of continuous running should just about do it. I wonder how many people would still opt for the item knowing this."