Men’s Health magazine introduces its “first annual” tabulation of “The 20 Worst Foods in America.” By worst, the magazine doesn’t necessarily mean bad-tasting—it means worst for your health. What we’ve got here are high-calorie, high-sodium, massive-carb foods, all from fast-food or chain restaurants, accompanied by photos that are stomach-churning enough to put anyone on a diet.
Take the Ruby Tuesday Bella Turkey Burger, which DrGirlfriend on MetaFilter says “looks like it’s attempting to vomit itself out.” There are no-brainers like the Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger, which weighs in with 1,520 calories and 111 grams of fat, and Uno Chicago Grill’s Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza, a “personal” pizza that boasts 2,310 calories, 162 grams of fat, and 4,470 milligrams of sodium. But the article does dredge up some surprises, including a smoothie from Jamba Juice that has 900 calories and 10 grams of fat, and a grilled chicken burrito that’ll smack you with 1,179 calories and 2,656 milligrams of sodium.
The number one worst food in America, however, turns out to be a putative Australian import: the Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing. This ostensible “starter” serves up 2,900 calories and 182 grams of fat. Even if you split it with three friends, the article notes, “you’ll have downed a dinner’s worth of calories before your entree arrives.”
Slashfood reminds us that website A Calorie Counter recently compiled “The 88 Fast Food Items Most Likely to Kill You.” That list concentrated on trans fat, and was easily topped by a sack of White Castle onion rings, with a whopping 30 grams of trans fat.
Interestingly, while fast-food joints make nutritional info available either on their own or as compelled by law, high-end restaurants aren’t required to and usually don’t. (Although, contrary to the implication in the New York Times article, the occasional foie gras is really not that bad for you.)