Pub chain slammed for 'heart attack on a plate'

A national pub chain has attracted criticism for launching a burger that accounts for a whopping 98% of a woman’s recommended daily calorie intake.

Pub-restaurant chain Hungry Horse created the ‘Double Donut Burger’ to mark the launch of a new menu last month, but at 1,966 calories it has been branded “unethical” by a leading nutritionist.

Mel Wakeman, senior lecturer in applied physiology at Birmingham City University, blasted: “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.”

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The £8.99 dish includes two beef burgers topped with melted cheese, four smoked streaky bacon rashers & BBQ sauce served in two grilled, glazed ring donuts.

Wakeman said he had accessed the menu’s nutritional information online to discover that the burger contains 53g of saturated fat, which is more than double the 20g daily allowance for women and children. It also contains 8.2g of salt even though the recommended daily amount for adults is less than 6g.

And while he acknowledged that the chain wasn’t hiding what goes into the burgers, he said that didn’t necessarily make it right.

“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?”

Hungry Horse was founded more than 20 years ago and operates around 220 pubs in the UK.

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