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The Most Toxic Restaurant Dish That Vanished Off Menus

It might be a distant memory now, but it's one meal that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
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There are just some restaurant meals that are truly unforgettable. Maybe it tasted unlike anything you ever had before. Or the presentation was simply stunning. Then, you happen to notice it suddenly—very quietly—disappears from the menu. It's a sad day when a beloved dish is no longer served, but sometimes, it's for the best. Yes, there are some dishes that knock your socks off for all the wrong reasons. (Unlike these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time we suggest you try out!)

In fact, there is one chain restaurant dish that, while no longer served, will never be forgotten. As it was one of the most toxic dishes ever served. So which meal is it? It's none other than…

UNO Pizzeria & Grill's Whole Hog Burger

Uno pizzeria whole hog burger
Courtesy of Uno
3,510 calories, 252 g fat (82 g saturated fat), 8,690 mg sodium, 146 g carbs (13 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 157 g protein

Oh, the Whole Hog Burger. It will truly go down in history, that's for sure. It featured over one pound of meat, as the two burger patties were loaded up with bacon, pepperoni, sausage, and prosciutto. And let us not forget the four types of cheeses, garlic mayonnaise, and pickles it was also stacked with. Plus, it comes with a not one, but two side dishes of fries and onion rings.

Sounds over-the-top, right? It was a menu staple that got quite a bit of attention. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) even called out the burger in its "Xtreme Eating 2016" list. UNO's former Chief Marketing Officer Skip Weldon went on to release a statement in response, saying the burger was meant to be a spectacle.

"It was designed for this very kind of thing. We created the Whole Hog Burger to be an over-the-top eating experience that would capture the attention of our customers, taste great and be a fun challenge to conquer," he said.

While this extreme burger might've seemed like a fun idea, it was clearly not the healthiest by any means. It was alarmingly high in calories, fat, and sodium. It has more calories than the average person should eat in one day, and has more than three day's worth of sodium. It actually had more salt than you would get if you ate 760 Lay's potato chips. The American Heart Association suggests that a person consume 13 grams of saturated fat per day—it's clear this burger goes way above and beyond that number. To say this burger was dangerous was an understatement!

It quietly made its way off UNO menus, so your hopes of ever seeing a Whole Hog Burger in person are now crushed. Perhaps, that is for the best. Just looking at a photo of this burger is more than enough!

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Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more