What are three bearded Canadian men to do to pass along the long mid-summer days? Well, if they’re the hosts of YouTube’s Epic Meal Time channel, they cook gigantic food creations that are sure to break your jaw and your belt buckle if you try to consume them in one sitting. What else could a team responsible for the Bacon Lard Taco and Ramen Burger possibly have to offer the world? Why none other than the Mega Oreo.
The Mega Oreo is exactly what it sounds like: an enormous Oreo. This monstrous cookie is not for the light-hearted. It’s 146,800 calories and 8,475 grams of fat. No that was not a typo, you read those nutritional facts correct the first time. Now, I hope I don’t have to tell you what the recommended calorie and fat intake is for you to understand that this bad boy immensely exceeds those figures. However, to give you a better picture of just how epic this cookie really is, compare it with The Dietary Guide For Americans’ recommendation of 2,600 daily calories for men and 2,000 calories for women.
Now, although the Mega Oreo is obviously not meant to be consumed by a single individual, its popularity does highlight a growing problem in obese nations: larger portions. What’s worse is that most of us don’t even realize we are eating larger portion sizes because what was once dubbed large is now considered normal.
“Super-sized portions at restaurants have distorted what Americans consider a normal portion size, and that affects how much we eat at home as well," Dr. Elizabeth G. Nagel, director of the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explained on the NIH’s webpage. Portion control is an important part of controling unnecessary weight gain, a problem that if spiraled out of control will eventually lead to obesity.