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10 Worst Foods of the Year

How Many Have You Tried?

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Editor's Note: After much deliberation, food writer John "Mr. Bad Food" McGran has come up with the "best" of the worst foods he’s reviewed over the past year.

Here there are in his words (in no particular order)—the worst foods of the year!


1. Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger

I’m an East Coast kind of guy, but I realize there are no boundaries when it comes to bad foods. So, for this review, I took the advice of 19th Century newspaper editor Horace Greeley who urged, “Go west, young man, go west.”

The Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger will gun you down with 1,130 calories (600 from fat), 66g fat (100% of your Daily Reference Value), 28g saturated fat (140% DRV), 150mg cholesterol, 2,540mg sodium (110%DRV), 83g carbs, and 47g protein.

I’m beginning to understand why it’s called the Wild West! Sorry boys, but I’ll take the 3:10 to Yuma… and then the next plane to good old Philly, land of cheese steaks and soft pretzels over this one!

2. Pizza Hut Double Deep Pizza

These Double Deep Pizzas are handcrafted by loading an entire pizza with twice the toppings of a medium pizza, plus 50% more cheese and then wrapping the crust over the top to hold all the toppings in.

I tried two slices of the Meaty variety. According to the Pizza Hut Website, I also opted for 1,160 calories, 72g fat (110% of your recommended Daily Value), 28g saturated fat (140% DV), 3g trans fat, 200mg cholesterol, 3,980mg sodium (166% DV), 62g carbs, and 62g protein.

In all fairness, the suggest serving is one slice (1/8 the medium pie) but who eats a single slice? Not me.

3. El Monterey XX Large Chimichanga

While shopping at Wal-Mart here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I noticed Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Chimichangas in a cooler near the deli. They looked suspiciously like my 3-for-a-buck burritos of yesteryear—only bigger and a tad more costly.

While a standard burrito wraps a filling of meat, beans and/or cheese in a flour tortilla, a chimichanga is a meat-filled tortilla…deep-fried.

The key words "deep-fried" may explain why my mushy 10-ounce XX Large Chimichanga did a Mexican fat dance on my diet to the tune of 920 calories, 57g of fat (15g saturated, 1g trans fat), 40mg cholesterol, 1,140mg sodium, 83g carbs, and 22g protein.
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About The Author

John McGran John McGran
During his 25-year writing and editing career, John has written for several newspapers, magazines and websites.

Member Comments

  • Unbelievable! - 5/28/2015 1:57:19 AM
  • What is truly sad, I do not go anywhere and just grab something to eat, I check out what is in it calorie wise and sodium wise. It is so bad, I only go out once a month, and that is for a McDonald's Sausage and cheese Mc Muffin, with a hash brown. Thanks for info. - 10/7/2014 12:30:55 PM
  • AWALKER517
    Out of all these i only have had the baconator from wendy's, and only 1 time. - 1/9/2014 12:42:09 AM
  • Gotta admit I have had the baconator once... but it was during my low/no carb days and I tossed the bun and most of the cheese. Never had another... it wasn't very good. - 11/13/2013 10:39:35 PM
  • All I can say is OH MY GOODNESS, that is freaking NUTS!!!!! - 4/16/2013 3:55:50 PM
  • Forget the nutritional value -- every single one of these sounds disgusting. - 3/12/2013 6:15:01 PM
  • i can honestly say I have never tried any of these and none seem appealing, luckly I rarely crave fast food the grease has always made me feel sick, now if any cupcakes or mint choce chip ice cream or cookies those are my downfalls - 9/28/2012 12:51:29 PM
  • Sorry to say this but I also live in Canada and I have had both the baconator and the pzone. Although I doubt very much I would have them again as the Baconator has NO taste aside from the meat and the bun. The Pxone was OK but I didn't realize it was THAT bad at the time. - 2/16/2012 8:59:06 PM
  • MADDY93
    The only thing I had was the drink from Starbucks - but I never had a Venti. To downsize your calorie intake, order a Tall with no whipped cream and use skim milk rather than whole. - 1/16/2012 8:44:32 AM
    Delicious Humour! My favorite a Carl's Jr. Six Dollar Burger. Didn't realize the amount of calories were THAT bad. - 1/12/2012 10:59:55 AM
  • Thanks for the eye opening info and your humorous take on some scary bad for you food. - 9/1/2011 5:13:09 AM
  • None, thank goodness! - 7/14/2011 1:58:07 PM
  • What is so sad, is that the food has just gotten worse since this was written! - 7/3/2011 3:46:50 PM
  • Funny stuff! and very eye-opening at the same time! Great writing! - 7/3/2011 11:42:52 AM
  • I laughed all the way through this article. Clever.
    Please write one every year. Maybe you already do and I just have to look.
    Eating Well magazine (Jan. 2011) had an article "Odes to Foods I have to Give Up On This Damned Diet" (something like that) by Colin something or other. It made me laugh, too. - 1/22/2011 5:55:17 PM

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