EDITOR'S NOTE: Please welcome our newest blogger, Mr. Bad Food. If his ketchup-stained face looks familiar, it's because he is the "twin" of your chief editor John McGran. While John grew to become a writer of words, Mr. Bad Food grew to become a righter of wrongs. We hope you like his unique approach.
Selecting the 10 worst foods is kind of like shooting fried fish in a barrel. But after much deliberation Mr. Bad Food has come up with the best of the worst foods heâ€™s reviewed over the past year.
Always keep in mind that no food is a truly bad food... as long as you enjoy it in moderation. And be sure to come back weekly to check out which store-bought or restaurant foods Mr. Bad Food is roasting.
Now, hereâ€™s my 10 worst... in no particular order.
Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger, Carlâ€™s Jr.
Mr. Bad Food is an East Coast kind of guy, but I realize there are no boundaries when it comes to bad foods. So, for this review, I took the advice of 19th Century newspaper editor Horace Greeley who urged, â€śGo west, young man, go west.â€ť
The Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger will gun you down with 1,130 calories (600 from fat), 66g total fat (100% of your Daily Reference Value), 28g sat fat (140% DRV), 150mg cholesterol, 2,540mg sodium (110%DRV), 83g carbs and 47g protein.
Iâ€™m beginning to understand why itâ€™s called the wild, wild west. Sorry boys, but Iâ€™ll take the 3:10 to Yumaâ€¦ and then the next plane to good old Philly, land of cheesesteaks and soft pretzels!
Double Deep Pizza, Pizza Hut
The Double Deep Pizzas are hand-crafted by loading the entire pizza with twice the toppings of a medium pizza, plus 50% more cheese and then wrapping the crust over the top to hold all the toppings in.
I opted for two slices of the Meaty variety. According to the www.PizzaHut.com Web site, I also opted for 1,160 calories, 72g of fat (110% of your recommended Daily Value), 28g saturated fat (140% DV), 3g trans fat, 200mg cholesterol, 3,980mg sodium (166% DV), 62g carbs and 62g protein.
In all fairness, the suggest serving is one slice (1/8 the medium pie) but who eats a single slice? Not me.
XX Large Chimichanga, El Monterey
While shopping at Wal-Mart here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I noticed Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean XX Large Chimichangas in a cooler near the deli. They looked suspiciously like my 3-for-a-buck burritos of yesteryear â€" only bigger and a tad more costly.
A burrito is a filled flour tortilla wrapped around a filling of meat, beans and/or cheese. A chimichanga is a meat-filled tortillaâ€¦ a dish that consists of a deep-fried burrito with a spicy meat filling.
The key words â€śdeep-friedâ€ť may explain why my mushy 10-ounce XX Large Chimichanga did a Mexican fat dance on my diet to the tune of 920 calories, 57g of fat (15g saturated;1g trans fat), 40mg cholesterol, 1,140mg sodium, 83g carbs, and 22g protein.
Ay, caramba! Itâ€™s a good thing I only had one.
Meat Loverâ€™s Scramble, Dennyâ€™s
Mr. Bad Food has seen plenty of bad nutrition numbers in his day. But I never saw such heart-stopping info as I did when I surfed the Dennyâ€™s Web site (www.dennys.com).
It was my stomach that turned upside down when I checked out the nutrition numbers for Dennyâ€™s Meat Loverâ€™s Scramble. Dennyâ€™s could be charged with â€śsalt with a deadly weaponâ€ť for serving a breakfast entree that packs an unbelievable 4,170mg of sodium! The Recommended Daily Allowance for sodium is 2,400mg.
The Meat Loverâ€™s Scramble will also shake you down with 1,280 calories, 71g of fat (21 saturated; 0 trans), 565mg cholesterol (the RDA is 300mg), 103g carbs and 54g protein (RDA is 50). By the way, the RDA for fat is 65 grams, so you are taking in more than a dayâ€™s fat, cholesterol and sodium in a single meal!
So, my advice is if you find yourself at a Dennyâ€™s and someone recommends a scramble, you take their advice... and scramble for the door!
Country Breakfast Burrito, Hardeeâ€™s
The word burrito sounds like a term for a little burro. If you donâ€™t want to make a big ass of yourself by scarfing down 60 grams of fat with your first meal of the day, then steer clear of the Country Breakfast Burrito at Hardeeâ€™s.
The king-sized breakfast burrito is cobbled together from two omelets, five hashrounds (their cutesy version of hashbrowns), cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy. The omelets that fill out the tortilla each contain two eggs, crumbled sausage, diced ham and bacon bits.
Now, if youâ€™re hungry for 920 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 2,000 milligrams of sodium, dig in!
Chicken & Biscuit Bowl, KFC
The clever cooks at KFC devised a way to toss together an entire chicken dinner in a single bowl. According to the KFC.com Web site, the new bowls are â€śa blend of mouth-watering KFC flavors and textures all layered together.â€ť
A blend... a jumble... a clutter... Call it what you will. But after checking out the nutritional facts, we call the Chicken & Biscuit bowl a great way to flock up your diet!
The nutrition guide at www.kfc.com says the Chicken & Biscuit dish bowls you over 870 calories, 44g of fat (11 saturated, 4.5 trans), 60mg cholesterol, 2,420mg sodium (101% of your recommended daily amount), 88g carbs (7 fiber, 5 sugars), and 29g protein.
Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino Blended CrĂ¨me, Starbucks
When is a coffee drink not a coffee drink? When it comes across with nutritional numbers and frothy extras youâ€™d expect to get with a milk shake! Oh, and when it doesnâ€™t even include coffee!
Case in point: The 24-ounce (itâ€™s Venti-sized in Starbucks lingo) Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino Blended CrĂ¨me served up at your local Starbucks. This coffee drink is made from rich chocolate, chocolate chips and milk, blended with ice, topped with whipped cream (optional), and chocolate drizzle.
With 670 calories, 22g of total fat, (12g saturated fat; 0.5g of trans fat), and 107g of carbs, it only sounds like a coffee drink. The 12 grams of saturated fat is equal to the saturated fat you get in a McDonaldâ€™s Quarter-Pounder with Cheese... but the sandwich packs 160 fewer calories than the Frappuccino!
Pâ€™Zone, Pizza Hut
It takes two hands to handle a Pizza Hut Pâ€™Zone. The problem is â€" according to the nutrition info at www.pizzahut.com â€" it should also take two people. Yes, despite the fact the TV ads show a bunch of hungry guys chowing down on whole Pâ€™Zones, each of these super-sized dough pockets of meats, cheeses and sauce is considered TWO SERVINGS.
The nutrition numbers â€" doubled for those of us who consider the Pâ€™Zones one-meal wonders:
P'Zone Classic: 1,220 calories, 46g fat, 22g saturated fat, 2g trans fat, 130mg cholesterol, 2,700mg sodium, 144g carbs, 8g fiber, 60g protein.
P'Zone Pepperoni: 1,260 calories, 48g fat, 22g saturated fat, 2g trans fat, 140mg cholesterol, 2,980mg sodium, 140g carbs, 6g fiber, 64g protein.
P'Zone Meaty: 1,380 calories, 58g fat, 26g saturated fat, 2g trans fat, 160mg cholesterol, 3,460mg sodium, 144g carbs, 8g fiber, 70g protein.
The Baconator, Wendyâ€™s
The term Baconator sparks images of a poorly acted action flick featuring a leading man with a terribly thick Austrian accent. Think Arnold Schwarzenegger. And if youâ€™re planning on ordering Wendyâ€™s newest offering, think again. Yeah, I can picture it now. A seatbelt-straining drive-thru customer grabs his grease-stained bag of beef, bacon and fried potatoes, and before driving off to feast upon his Baconator, he shouts to the drive-up window jockey, â€śIâ€™ll be bawk... for my defibrillator paddles!â€ť Then, just before he zooms out of earshot, the server leans out of her window and yells back at him: â€śHasta la vistaâ€¦ flabby!â€ť
OK, so itâ€™s poor scriptwriting. But itâ€™s also poor dining to indulge in this Wendyâ€™s double cheeseburger on steroids. The Baconator boasts two beef patties, two slices of cheese and SIX slices of bacon! Itâ€™s more like hasta la vista diet! Do yourself a favor and terminate your urge to order this beast of a burger.
The nutritional numbers for the 10-ounce Baconator: 830 calories, 51g of fat (22g saturated; 2.5g trans fat), 170mg of cholesterol, 1,920mg of sodium, 35g of carbs and 57g of protein.
The Extreme Grand Slam, Dennyâ€™s
Ads for Dennyâ€™s Grand Slam breakfasts used to feature the tagline, â€ś$2.99... are you out of your mind?!â€ť Now that the restaurant chain has launched ads for its new Extreme Grand Slam â€" a breakfast platter piled high with three strips of bacon, three sausage links (hmmm, it must be the year of the pig), two eggs, hash browns and three pancakes â€" the updated ad copy should now read: ... Continue
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