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Mr. Bad Food

by John McGran, Food columnist
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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 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.

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@ 7:11pm ET on February 18, 2009
The problem with lists like this is they don't touch on foods that are served at mom and pop restaurants. LOL

I was watching a show where the restaurant featured has a Hamburger called the "Triple Bypass Burger" It has like 1/2 pound of hamburger, bacon, cheese, Fried egg, etc. OY! I can only imagine.

I would love to see a list of the Worst Salads in America. That might just be an eye opener of a list! :-)

Thanks for the post. Especially about the Veggie Sub It's always good to know when Healthy looking foods have gone BAAAAAD!

@ 5:12pm ET on February 22, 2009
If it tastes good, it's bad for you! LOL As always, great article John. Looks like those people that are going for the veggie sub haven't a CLUE of how unhealthy it is. Well, at least your Diet.com buds know...NOW!

Thanks buddy!

@ 8:20pm ET on February 22, 2009
Hey Kim! How ya been? How goes the weight management?

@ 9:51am ET on February 23, 2009
wow! and I imagine the portions are huge. While I would like to order a 12 inch sub, I would probably go with the 6 inch. And the Pizza Skins... Is that portion about as big as a pizza, or is it deceivingly smaller?

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