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10 Worst Foods of the Year

How Many Have You Tried?

By John McGran, Food Writer and SparkPeople Contributer         
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Ay, caramba! It's a good thing I only had one.

4. Denny’s Meat Lover’s Scramble

As Mr. Bad Food, I’ve seen plenty of bad nutrition numbers in my day. But I never saw anything as heart-stopping as what I found on the Denny’s Website one day.

It was my stomach that turned upside down when I checked out the nutrition numbers for Denny’s Meat Lover’s Scramble. Denny’s could be charged with “salt with a deadly weapon” for serving a breakfast entree that packs an unbelievable 4,170mg of sodium! (The Recommended Daily Allowance for sodium is 2,400mg.)

The Meat Lover’s Scramble will also shake you down with 1,280 calories, 71g of fat (21 saturated, 0 trans), 565mg cholesterol (the RDA is 300mg), 103g carbs and 54g protein (RDA is 50). By the way, the RDA for fat is 65 grams, so you are taking in more than a day’s fat, cholesterol and sodium in a single meal!

So if you find yourself at a Denny’s and someone recommends a scramble, take my advice and scramble for the door!

5. Hardee’s Country Breakfast Burrito

The word burrito sounds like a term for a little burro. If you don’t want to make an ass of yourself—by scarfing down 60 grams of fat with your first meal of the day—then steer clear of the Country Breakfast Burrito at Hardee’s.

The king-sized breakfast burrito is cobbled together from two omelets, five hashrounds (their cutesy version of hashbrowns), cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy. The omelets that fill out the tortilla each contain two eggs, crumbled sausage, diced ham and bacon bits.

Now, if you’re hungry for 920 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, and nearly 2,000 milligrams of sodium for your morning meal, dig in!

6. KFC Chicken & Biscuit Bowl

The clever cooks at KFC devised a way to toss together an entire chicken dinner in a single bowl. According to the KFC Website, the new bowls are “a blend of mouth-watering KFC flavors and textures all layered together.”

A blend…a jumble…a clutter…Call it what you will. But after checking out the nutrition facts, I call the Chicken & Biscuit bowl a great way to flock up your diet!

Their nutrition guide says that the Chicken & Biscuit dish will bowl you over with 870 calories, 44g of fat (11 saturated, 4.5 trans), 60mg cholesterol, 2,420mg sodium (101% of your recommended daily amount), 88g carbs, and 29g 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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