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)
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
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.
Romano's Macaroni Grill Dessert Ravioli
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.
Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple-the-Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
150 g fat (53 g saturated)
110 g protein
4,900 mg sodium
Two-and-a-half days' worth of fat â€" 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.
Uno Chicago Grill Pizza Skins (full order)
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
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!