Health & Fitness

Don’t go to food extremes!

On July 15, 1972, Fat Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, had a ground temp of 201 F. And in late July of 2013 in Siberia, the temperature hit 89.6 F, melting the not-so-permafrost. But those extremes don’t come close to the over-the-top number hit by the Whole Hog Burger with sides, from Uno Pizzeria & Grill: 2,850. Yup, 2,850 calories in one horrifying heap of hamburger, bacon, sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto, four types of cheese, mayonnaise, fries and onion rings -- plus three days’ worth of saturated fat (62 g) and 9,790 mg of sodium.

That humongous lump came in as Numero Uno in the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Extreme Eating Awards. But other chains made the list with offerings that also read like an engraved invitation to fatty liver disease, diabetes, heart attack, obesity, cancer, brain inflammation and dementia. Take Sonic’s RT 44 Grape Slush with Rainbow Candy, which contains 970 calories and the equivalent of 1 1/4 cups of sugar!

FYI: A moderately active 50-year-old guy, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing in at 165 pounds should take in 1,650-2,550 calories daily; a moderately active woman, 50, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 142 pounds, 1,340-2,075 calories.

If you have diabetes, heart disease or kidney problems, it’s 1,500 mg sodium a day, max. In the 0.5 percent who are salt-sensitive? Dodge it altogether. The rest of you? Just be careful.

And for everyone: No trans and few saturated fats; lots of 100 percent whole grains, healthy fats (olive oil) and omega-3s (salmon); and 5-9 servings of produce daily. Then you won’t become inflamed like Fat Furnace Creek!

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit