Donut burger slammed for containing 2,000 calories

Pub chain Hungry Horse has been slammed by a nutritionist for launching a new burger containing 1,966 calories.

The Double Donut Burger, which comes with the tag-line ‘So Wrong It’s Right’, consists of two beef burgers topped with melted cheese, 4 smoked streaky bacon rashers & BBQ sauce served in two grilled, glazed ring donuts.

Mel Wakeman, senior lecturer in applied physiology at Birmingham City University, criticised the chain: “Hungry Horse obviously have no conscience and no doubt both their wallet and the size of their customers will be getting fatter by the week! To me, this is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. I am no killjoy but why is this sort of food available? This burger is literally a heart attack on a plate.”

The £8.99 burger is 98% of a woman’s recommended daily calorie intake.

Wakeman added: “Hungry Horse kindly put all the Guideline Daily Amounts for men, women and children on their nutritional information but then what? The responsibility is then ours to find this information in the first place, interpret it and then decide if we should eat it (whilst being bribed with vouchers for cheap side dishes, free desserts and gold card points).

“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.”

Steve Jebson for Hungry Horse, 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.”

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