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Top 10 Worst Foods in America

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Top 10 Worst Foods in America

What the fudge is wrong with us? As obesity, diabetes and heart disease are plaguing the country in lethal proportions, restaurants are chirpily churning out caloric combinations of sodium and saturated fat that would make Henry VIII blush. Things are getting so raucous around here that a new study found that gout, yes gout, has increased by 44 percent in the last two decades, courtesy of the obesity epidemic and related health problems (diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol).

Restaurants create and tempt the masses with flashy dishes caloric enough to feed a small family, while the USDA, earnest as a shy sister, issues dietary guidelines which pretty much fall on deaf ears. Although recommended calorie intake varies by person, the range is from 1,600 to 2,400 calories per day for adult women and 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day for adult men, depending on age and physical activity level.

As for sodium intake, another daunting piece of the puzzle, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day—or 1,500 mg if you’re age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

So with those nuggets in mind, how do these ten contenders for worst foods in America stack up against what is recommended for maintaining nutritional health? Let’s see….

Outback Steakhouse: Aussie Cheese Fries
Pictured above, the Aussie cheese fries come topped with melted Monterey Jack, Cheddar, chopped bacon and served with a spicy ranch dressing. This side dish (side dish!) serves up more than the average person’s recommended calories for an entire day, and nearly THREE TIMES the daily recommended sodium allowance–if you’re black, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, make that 4.25 times your daily recommended sodium allowance. How to turn “g’day, mate” into “goodbye, mate.”

Calories: 2710
Fat (g): 203
Saturated Fat (g): 25
Sodium (mg): 6360

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:12AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

If somebody consumes these types of food regularly then they are welcoming a heart attack or organ failure, just stinks that they get to burden the health system and get transplants when they are needed for being STUPID and selfish. IDIOTS!!!

9:22PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Wow .. luckily I have never heard of any of these .

4:02AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Interesting but unless one eats this stuff on a regular basis, there is such a thing as moderation. There are some bizarre things...very few would even eat all of a 72 oz steak for instance, most would take a large portion of it home and eat it for a few other meals. I believe that they even have a contest there that if one can eat the entire steak it is free. Not many would take them up on that offer and just cart rest of it home. I prefer organic non-factory farm meat but there are other choices such as the cake and that strange looking concoction from Denny's. To each their own. Since I don’t bother with the fast food fare as there are healthier places out there to eat but most of the time I just cook my own organic food from scratch at home and avoid the fast food not to mention the highly processed foods sold in grocery stores.

3:21PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Thanks

11:31PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Scary.

11:17PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Holy cow!

3:47AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

ughh... lost my appetite... Thank you for that & for 10 pages.

3:09AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Thanks

7:44PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

YUCK! Thanks

5:00AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Some of the food is so rich, it wouldn't interest me. The red velvet cake, all sugar.
The beef dishes I could eat some, say 1/8 of what is served. But why would anyone want to go overboard and cram all this volume into their bodies.

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