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Mr. Bad Food

by John McGran, Food columnist

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You guys eat 'em... and I regurgitate them right here for your viewing displeasure!

Here are the latest few Hall of Shame Foods. If you got one please send it to me via my private Diet.com email. Just click on "Meet John McGran" at left and look for the send-a-message function.

Beware The Sandwich Cake!

I recently went to a baby shower for a co-worker. An aunt of hers insisted on making a "sandwich cake."

We knew that this mysterious party food would be there in advance, but did not know exactly what it was.

We all took a slice to be polite of course, since the aunt was serving everyone a slice as they got in the food line.

It is a layer of ham salad, a layer of white sandwich bread, a layer of egg salad, bread, pimento cheese, bread, tuna, bread, then "iced" with cream cheese.

It actually was really good. The guest of honor was not a fan, but myself, her husband, and another co-worker wanted to go back for seconds.

Also, my father-in-law who is skinny as a rail, mind you, eats full fat vanilla ice cream, topped with peanut butter, and a few strawberries for a healthy addition. I can't even look at actual ice cream without gaining five pounds, but to top it with loads of peanut butter. It looks awesome, and tastes that way as well, but I'll never tempt myself with even trying it. --Sarah Beth

A Slam Dunk of Scary Snacking
I realize mine may not be quite as bad as some, but I used to take full-fat milk, mix it with lots of molasses and dunk plain donuts into it ... at least three at a sitting. This was my after-school snack my whole teen years. --Stephanie

Double Chocolate Bread Pudding
As you can imagine, here in the "Crescent City" of New Orleans, we love our food. People here really know how to eat and drink the good life. One of our "health busters" is Double Chocolate Bread Pudding at a local seafood restaurant. After a great meal of grilled Gulf fish and grilled vegetables, you can then indulge. The bread is chocolate with chunks of chocolate inside and baked with sugar on top. Then it is served hot with white and chocolate (1/4 cup of each) poured over the top. It is rich and wonderful and I can't think of the calories. Even with two people sharing one serving, it is scary. --Susan

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