ALBANY, N.Y. - On death row, last meals tend to be high in calories and heavy on meat.
Cornell University researchers who studied 193 last meal requests in the United States found that french fries, soda, ice cream, hamburgers, chicken, steak and pie were commonly requested items.
No surprise: Many last-meal requests are tasty but unhealthy. More than two-thirds of the condemned ordered fried foods, and they ordered dessert at about the same rate.
The average meal request analyzed came in at more than 2,700 calories, more than an average man needs in a whole day.
Researchers estimated that four of the meal requests tallied more than 7,200 calories, including a request that included 12 pieces of fried chicken and a pint each of strawberry and vanilla ice cream.
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