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Domino’s Pizza introduces bread bowl pasta

May 29, 2009

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Speaking of corporate responsibility (or lack thereof)  . . .

Domino’s Pizza recently introduced a new menu item: bread bowl pasta. Yes, in the midst of America’s obesity epidemic, Domino’s decided that what this country needs is a simple carb, encased in a simple carb and smothered with cheese and cream sauce.

Nutritional information is not yet available on the company’s Web site, but a customer service rep at Domino’s headquarters was happy to send it to me via email. Care to take a guess?

If you eat the entire dish (including, presumably, the bowl) you’ll ingest about 1400 calories and approximately 50 grams of fat. The fattiest dish — a tie between bread bowl chicken carbonara and bread bowl chicken alfredo — will give you 1480 calories and 56 grams of fat. You might be surprised to learn that you would consume fewer calories and fat if you ate an entire medium cheese pizza (hand-tossed).

Each bread bowl pasta dish also contains 180 to 190 grams of carbohydrates. According to the Institute of Medicine, adults are only supposed to consume 130 grams per day. Of course, Domino’s doesn’t recommend that you eat the entire bread bowl and its contents in a single sitting. A serving consists of half. 

Bread bowl pasta may not be good for the waistline, but it is easy on the wallet. Each bowl costs just $5.99, and if you visit Domino’s Web site, you can get a coupon for $1 off. Just make sure you get the diet soda and fast for the rest of the week.

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