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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.

Worst kids' meal
Chili's Pepper Pals Country-Fried Chicken Crispers with Ranch Dressing and Homestyle Fries

1,110 calories
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.

Worst dessert
Romano's Macaroni Grill Dessert Ravioli

1,630 calories
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.

Worst burger
Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple-the-Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

2,040 calories
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.

Worst starter
Uno Chicago Grill Pizza Skins (full order)

2,400 calories
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

2,600 calories
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!

@ 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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