As Mr. Bad Food, I've sampled a lot of really bad foods. I'm not talking bad as in taste. No, I'm talking about bad as in bad for you... foods that cram more fat and calories into a single serving than you or I should have in a full day. I blame my dalliances with despicable dishes on RESEARCH. What's your excuse? At a time when two in three Americans are overweight or obese, ignorance is no longer bliss. And thanks to stiffer labeling laws, there is no reason to pig out without knowing the mess you are getting your stomach into! Men's Health editor David Zinczenko has become the Mr. Blackwell of poorly dressed dishes. Working hand and spoon with writer Matt Goulding, Zinczenko recently released his 20 Worst Foods in America. Grab a barf bag and get ready to be sick. After another year of menu investigation, we've come up with this year's list of the most calorie-laden, fat-riddled, sodium-swaddled, sugar-spiked dishes in America. Eat at your own risk. Worst "healthy" sandwich Blimpie Veggie Supreme (12 inches) 1,106 calories 56 g fat (33 g saturated fat) 2,831 mg sodium 96 g carbohydrates Sure, a Veggie Supreme sandwich sounds healthy, but this foot-long comes with three different kinds of cheese, and it's drenched in oil. Worst kids' meal Chili's Pepper Pals Country-Fried Chicken Crispers with Ranch Dressing and Homestyle Fries 1,110 calories 82 g fat (15 g saturated) 1,980 mg sodium 56 g carbohydrates A moderately active 8-year-old boy should eat around 1,600 calories a day. This single meal plows through 75 percent of that allotment. Worst dessert Romano's Macaroni Grill Dessert Ravioli 1,630 calories 74 g fat 33 g saturated fat 1,150 mg sodium 223 g carbohydrates Would you eat a Quarter Pounder for dessert? How about four? That's how many it takes to match the calorie-load of this decadent dish. Worst burger Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple-the-Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing 2,040 calories 150 g fat (53 g saturated) 110 g protein 4,900 mg sodium Two-and-a-half days' worth of fat a full third of which is saturated. To do that much damage with roasted sirloin, you'd have to eat about eight 6-ounce steaks. Worst starter Uno Chicago Grill Pizza Skins (full order) 2,400 calories 155 g fat (50 g saturated) 3,600 mg sodium This appetizer is like eating a Large Domino's Hand-Tossed Sausage Pizza! Would you ever think of saying to a waiter: "Why don't you start me off with a large meat pizza?" The worst food of 2009 Baskin Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake 2,600 calories 135 g fat (59 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats) 263 g sugars 1,700 mg sodium It's soiled with more than a day's worth of calories and three days worth of saturated fat, and, worst of all, usually takes less than 10 minutes to sip through a straw. Click here for the complete list of the 20 Worst Foods in America 2009. Be sure to not only check out these rankings but also the best options to eat instead of the gut bombs!
Author: John McGran