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Mr. Bad Food

by John McGran, Food columnist

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Wow, you readers are great! Mr. Bad Food's inaugural blog did so well that I am back this week with another 7 foods that you should never eat. If you do feel the urge to enjoy one of these nutritionally-challenged choices, make sure you do not make it part of your regular diet!

Before I launch into this week's scary seven, I want to extend a special invite for you to tell me about your favorite diet-wrecking dinners. When I get enough feedback, I will launch the Worst Food Hall of Shame. So whether it's that pinto bean-topped chocolate cake concocted by Uncle Al or maybe it's the sugar-sprinkled butter balls snacked on by Sister Susie, be sure to share the tales with me, Mr. Bad Food. You can write me through my Diet.com profile.

Now, on with the horror show...

The Subway Feast
According to the www.subway.com Web site, a Subway Feast is meat lover’s dream of “heaping piles of roast beef, salami, pepperoni, turkey and black forest ham, all wrapped up in American cheese on freshly baked bread.” A steady diet of this fare will have Jared straining to squeeze back in to his “fat jeans” in no time. Especially if he listens to the site recommendation that says The Feast “goes great with Coca-Cola and DORITOS Nacho Cheese!” Normally, I’d trot out the nutrition numbers to prove just how bad a featured food can be. But such info seems to be missing from the Subway Web site. And that in itself sends up a giant red flag.

Jalapeno Cheddar Double Melt, Wendy’s
According to the www.wendys.com Web site, the 10-ounce Jalapeno Cheddar Double Melt " yes, the final weight of your melt is about 10 ounces despite the half-pound pre-cooking weight claim " will rock you with 730 calories, 42g total fat (18g saturated; 2.5g trans), 150mg cholesterol, 1,760mg sodium, 35g carbs, and 53g protein. And that doesn’t include the soft drink and fries that beefs up the negative nutritional values.

Bacon Double Homestyle Melt, Burger King
The Bacon Double Homestyle Melt has four half-slices of bacon, three slices of melted Swiss cheese and two hamburger patties with a garlic cheese sauce on ‘buttery flavored’ sourdough bread. It crowns you with 810 calories (520 calories from fat), 58g fat (20g saturated fat; 2g trans fat), 135mg cholesterol, 1,370mg sodium, 34g carbs, and 39 grams protein.

Banana Cream Pie Blizzard, Dairy Queen
I ordered a Banana Cream Pie Blizzard and mentally patted myself on the back for getting a medium rather than a large. My 14-ounce sweet escape weighed me down with 790 calories, 30g fat (16g saturated; 2.5g trans), 60mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, and 118g carbs.

Chunky Fully Loaded Stroganoff-Style Beef soup, Campbell’s
The marketing slogan promises "extreme amounts of meat"… Chunky is taking soup "to the next level"… the Fully Loaded varieties will “fill you up right.” While my Stroganoff-style beef variety did indeed fill me up it also bloated me out with 500 calories, 28 grams of fat and 1,620mg of sodium. You could do less damage to your diet if you tried halving your 18.8-ounce can, but since you don’t add water and it basically filled one soup bowl I considered this two-serving soup a single serving.

Classic Italian Toasted Sub, Arby’s
Arby’s, the king of roast beast sandwiches, rolled out a four-sub line of toasted offerings that include Philly Beef, French Dip & Swiss, Turkey Bacon Club, and my favorite, the Sophia Loren of subs… the Classic Italian! According to the nutrition facts at the www.arbys.com, Web site, this 13.5-ounce toasted sub hits your soft underbelly with 827 calories, 45g of fat (13g saturated; 0.5g trans), 89mg cholesterol, 2,495mg sodium and 66g of carbs.

Maxed Out Lunchables Pizza Stix
As our waistlines have grown, so too have the nutrition stats for the line of Lunchables. The new and “improved” offerings are boldly labeled Maxed Out. The nutrition label on the Maxed Out Pizza Stix ...    Continue

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@ 1:36pm ET on March 14, 2008
Bravo for the encore! I was reading the nutrition content of something online the other day and my 11 year old stepped up behind me and said - wow that's more calories than my McDonald's hamburger, mom - with the ketchup of course. Is he actually remembering this stuff that I'm rambling about?

@ 1:07pm ET on March 15, 2008
this really helps; I pray that he doesn't get hardening of the arteries on our account. appreciate the very honest info.

@ 10:01am ET on March 17, 2008
I've worked at subway for almost 3 years now, and anytime someone orders the feast, i cringe. It's disgusting. Knowing what it consists of, i can predict the amount of calories. My guess would be around 730 calories, with around 34 grams of fat. And that is ONLY for meat, bread, and cheese. NO MAYO included in those numbers, and you'd be surprised how much mayo people actually eat, its repulsive!

@ 6:09pm ET on March 19, 2008
That is just nasty!!! My heart started to ache when I was reading all of the calories that are in them!!!

@ 1:50pm ET on March 23, 2008
am having a trouble knowing the foods you say.. because i live in JORDAN and the names is deferent here, can u send me the names used in middle eastern area?

@ 4:36pm ET on April 10, 2008
You can find the Subway Feast nutritional information here:


The link is in their nutrition FAQs page.

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