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Hold the dessert

August 18, 2009 - Steve Murch
I usually run somewhere to grab some food for dinner and return to the office to eat it. While eating I'll look over the AP wire or skim the Internet for an interesting read. Today the Internet is what grabbed my attention.

Men's Health has its 30 worst foods in America photo gallery (link at the right). The gallery has a brief description of the calories and nutrition nightmares each menu item has. All the items come from nation chain restaurants, though most are franchises that don't have restaurants in Northeast Michigan. There are couple, but not many.

Among the items listed are the worst pizza, the worst salad (and for a salad, this one is incredibly bad for you), the worst kids food, etc. While the calories on these monstrosities are up there, it's the fats and sugars that are the worst. The worst food, according to Men's Health (in cooperation with the book series Eat This, Not That) is Carl’s Jr. Six Dollar Guacamole Bacon Burger with Medium Natural Cut Fries and 32-oz Coke. The breakdown is: 1,810 calories 92 g fat (29.5 g saturated, 2 g trans) 3,450 mg sodium Men's Health writes: “Of all the gut-growing, heart-threatening, life-shortening burgers in the drive-thru world, there is none whose damage to your general well-being is as potentially catastrophic as this. A bit of perspective is in order: This meal has the caloric equivalent of 9 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts, the saturated fat equivalent of 30 strips of bacon, and the salt equivalent of 10 large orders of McDonald’s French fries!”


Now I don't always eat the greatest foods when I run to grab something, but they aren't that extreme. However, it still makes reassessing meal choices important. The worst part is the name of the burger and the picture certainly make it appealing. It just shows, watch what you put in your system.


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