Outback: The Final Food Frontier

Story by: Dimitri Tzamaras

According to the American Heart Association’s 2016 report on heart health in the United States, most Americans older than 20 are overweight or obese. Not only that, but over 159 million U.S. adults (about 69 percent) are overweight or obese.

According to the same report, nearly one in every three Americans have high levels of the bad-kinds of cholesterol. The report also states that about 33 percent of Americans (80 million people) have high blood pressure.

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Do you want to know what Outback Steakhouse has done with these numbers? Apparently, they have taken it as a challenge, “Oh, you think this is as bad as it can get for you America? Challenge accepted!”

In August of 2016, Outback rolled out something that at the time, I thought would never be topped in terms of sheer gluttonous genius. The loaded Bloomin’ Onion was introduced to this world in order to stop the fighting over which appetizer to order (the loaded French-fries or the Bloomin’ Onion) and came in at a heart-stopping 2,360 calories.

About nine percent of Americans have diabetes, and 35 percent actually have symptoms of pre-diabetes, according to the Heart report. So, Outback decided to up the ante this time. To go along with the upcoming NCAA March Madness, the casual-dining giant is planning to unleash a meal I thought I would never see during my lifetime: A 3-Point Bloomin’ Onion.

I guess that maybe the loaded Bloomin’ Onion wasn’t enough of a heart-clogger to begin with, because the new 3-Point Bloom is a loaded Bloom loaded with bits of steak. On the bright side, the 3-Point Bloom covers most of the food groups now: protein, dairy, fats and oils, and even vegetables! Well, technically I guess.

Darren Rovell, an ESPN business reporter who is more plugged into this stuff than anyone else says that the 3-Point Bloomin’ Onion will cost $12.99 and has 3,080 calories. The menu item will be available throughout the NCAA Tournament, starting tomorrow, Wednesday the 15th.

Outback says the meal is made to be eaten by six people. You know what I say to that? “Challenge Accepted.”

Featured image for this post courtesy of Outback.com 

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