August 27, 2009

BreadBowl pastas on ‘food porn’ list

Officials of a U.S. food advocacy group are calling Domino Pizza's 1,300- to 1,500-calorie BreadBowl Pastas food porn.

Jayne Hurley, senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said most people wouldn't consider eating an entire medium hand-tossed cheese pizza from Domino's in one sitting, but Domino's BreadBowl Pastas contains white flour penne, sauce, cheese and other toppings entombed in Frisbee-sized white-bread crusts.

White-flour pasta with cream-cheese sauce can be a nutritional nightmare on its own, Hurley said in a statement. The last thing it needs is an 800-calorie white-bread pizza-crust bowl.

The center's Nutrition Action Healthletter spotlights food porn in each issue alongside what it calls a right stuff recommendation.

Topping a pizza crust with an order of macaroni and cheese is probably the most discouraging mac-and-cheese innovation since The Cheesecake Factory decided to ball it up and toss it in the deep-fryer, Hurley said. What's next, wrapping it in a giant blueberry pancake?