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The Cheesecake Factory Calories

I posted this in a couple of my groups when we were talking about the Cheesecake Factory, and it sparked a lot of interest, so just thought I'd share it here too.

And regarding the Cheesecake Factory, in one of my other groups a few weeks ago one of the woman was going to the Cheesecake Factory and emailed them because she wasn't able to get information about the calorie and nutritional content of food. Anyway, they sent her back a very well written letter- but the bottom line was - sorry, we aint tellin ya (because our food is so disgustingly high in calories and fat and we want your money, and we don't give a crap about your health - my poetic liscence there). And to me, that absolutely speaks volumes and sends out the big flashing red light signal - massive incredible amounts of calories ahead!

There is a great website http://www.hungry-girl.com/ that talks about food nutritional values etc, and is entertaining and really useful. Below is some of the info from that site that relates to the Cheesecake Factory for your info. I'm definitely keeping up my boycoutt.

The big unknown in the world of restaurant dining is, of course, The Cheesecake Factory (who keeps their nutritional info under tighter security than our country's nuclear launch codes).

Ha! No need to be scared for your life. I certainly don't blame you, though, for being concerned about eating at The Cheesecake Factory. After all, the popular restaurant chain is notorious for serving up super-high cal menu items. Just how high? Try 1,560 calories and 84g of fat for their carrot cake, and 1080 cal, 71g fat, and 100 carbs for a slice of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake. And those are far from being the only unhealthy items on the menu. Seemingly innocent entrees like salads and sugar free cheesecake can also be calorie-packed diet-wreckers. For example, rumor has it that The Cheesecake Factory's Chinese Chicken Salad clocks in at about 1,600 whopping calories. And the 6 Carb Original Cheesecake has 610 calories and 57g of fat. Yikes! Don't get discouraged, though. There are some things you can do to lighten up your TCF lunch. First off, if you order a salad, ask that any seeds, chow mein noodles, raisins, cheeses, nuts, sour cream, guacamole, etc. is left off, or placed on the side. And make sure you ask for a light or fat free salad dressing. Since the taste of lower fat dressings varies by brands, you may want to ask for your dressing on the side as well. And salad isn't your only option for eating healthfully at TCF. If you're not in a leafy mood, try the herb crusted filet of salmon. Just ask that it be served without the sauce, and with double veggies instead of veggies and a starch. Or go for breakfast (they serve it all day). If you get an omelette or scramble, ask your server to substitute eggbeaters for regular eggs. And, of course, opt for fresh fruit instead of sausage or bacon as your side. "Cheesecake" also serves up a yummy Fire Roasted Artichoke (just be sure to get the vinaigrette on the side). Well, I hope this info can help you relax and enjoy your lunch! Good luck!


Have you heard about the new low carb cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory? Don't get all giddy just yet. A slice may only contain 6 carbs, but it packs in 57 grams of fat (with over 30 grams of saturated fat!) and 610 calories. Believe it or not, that's 8 more fat grams than their original regular cheesecake! This cake upsets us. Please don't even think about eating this fatty wedge if you want to lose weight. Grrrrr!!!


The Cheesecake Factory's Carrot Cake - Anyone who thinks carrot cake is good for you never spent quality time with a piece from the Cheesecake Factory. Each slice contains 1560 calories and 84 grams of fat. What do they do to those poor defenseless carrots? The Cheesecake Factory - Carrot Cake

(Approx: 1,510 calories, 84g fat, 600mg sodium, 179g carbs, 6g fiber, 129g sugars, 18g protein = 36 Points)


Fri. Dec 8, 11:59am

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no offense, but with a name like "The Cheesecake Factory", is there really anything to wonder about? it seems obvious to me that anything you eat here is going to pack in the calories, fat, carbs, and/or sugar.

Friday, December 08, 2006, 12:36 PM

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i don't think restaurants need to tell us the calorie/fat/carb info of their food. choose wisely and you'll be okay. they mention a salad having 1600 calories at the cheesecake factory-well, what's in this salad???? probably cheese, bacon, fatty dressing, fried noodles, nuts and probably some other things to add the calories up if this is even true. YOU can control what you put into your body even if you choose to go out to eat. just because they are not willing to share the information with you does not mean everything on the menu is insanely high in calories. it's the company's right to keep this info private. you wouldn't go to a friend's house and have dinner and ask her to calculate the nutritional info would you? some days you just need to estimate a little. and there is no one in the world who thinks that a slice of cheesecake is low calorie . . . .

Friday, December 08, 2006, 2:02 PM

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Thanks for posting. I don't think there even is a Cheesecake Factory where I live, but my brother and sister-in-law like it and take me there when I visit. Despite the name - it's not just a dessert shop but a full service restaurant and it's kind of wild how hard it is to make reasonable food choices there. Most other full-service restaurants have better options and fewer deceptive practices which allows the health-conscious eater to enjoy a healty meal while their friends and family indulge.

Saturday, December 09, 2006, 9:45 AM

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I agree Sat 9.45am. I'm not going to the Cheesecake Factory, I prefer to support restuarants that are open about the nutritional value (or not!) of their foods. I've worked so hard to lose 30lbs so far, and I want to be supported by places I choose to eat at to select healthy options. It would be very disappointing to me to select some kind of salad, and believe I'd made a healthy choice, but in reality it's blown my WW points allowance for the day.

Saturday, December 09, 2006, 3:17 PM

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I wouldn't go to a friends house and ask nutritional content, but when I'm researching my menu options I think I should be able to research it and find out. I can find that at McDonalds, BK, Subway... heck ANY fast food restaurant. I can find at least some info at Applebees, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Pf Changs. Not that I really want to go to a place called Cheesecake factory because I doubt it would be good, but if someone wanted to go there and drag me along I would hope that I could order a salad even with bacon bits, cheese and oriental noodles and not have it be 1600 calories!!! That is just obsene.

Saturday, December 09, 2006, 9:41 PM

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First a plate at the cheesecake factory is really for 2 sometimes 3. No wonder people in the US just keep getting bigger and bigger. There are still better thing to choose, like chicken dishes without any cream sauces. But really if going there share something healthy.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 1:48 PM

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Salad with 1600 calories? Its not the salad, its everything in the salad, the dressing alone can be 200 calories (have you've seen the size of those salads) add to that, cheese, bacon, nuts, anything fried you've got a huge amount of cals.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 1:51 PM

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A healthy option

I enjoy the market salad with vinegar and oil on the side. It's on the "small salads" menu, but it is HUGE. It's could easily be two meals, and it is mainly vegetables:

MARKET SALAD
Fresh Greens, Asparagus, Avocado, Roasted Beets, Tomato, Red and Yellow Peppers and Green Beans. Garnished with Egg, Kalamata
Olives and Our Shallot Vinaigrette

You can also ask for no avocado if you want, but that's a good healthy fat if you want it. I also sometimes add grilled eggplant. I'm sure you could get a grilled chicken breast or salmon or something with it if you wanted.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 5:19 PM

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I'm personally glad they have a low carb cheesecake since I have gestational diabetes & while I watch my carbs, I don't have to worry about calories or fat! :o) So, bring on the cheesecake! Yummy! Of course, we don't go to TCF that often--it's usually a splurge!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 4:44 PM

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Thank you for posting this. Although I knew it wasn't low fat, the 1000 calorie choc chip cookie dough slice you mentioned is exactly what I order and I had no idea it would really be that high. When you consider the amount of time it would take to burn it off it really makes you think! I agree, we need to support places that tell us point blank what the "healthier" options on the menu are (a lot of the chains do that now). My pet peeve is the places that serve salads that are bigger than pasta entrees. I wanted a salad for a reason, I wanted to eat less, I don't need 4 times my usual serving! I applaud places that let me eat an appetizer portion as my meal or let you just get a normal sized salad!

Thursday, December 21, 2006, 12:11 AM

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