Now ladies, there's a difference between splurging a little on your diet by eating something fattening, and eating one of the unhealthiest foods in America that is so bad for you, it ruins a week's worth of eating healthy! There's a reason why we are the fattest country in the world. Our restaurants keep shoveling out meals that could potentially kill us if eaten too much, unhealthy foods filled with massive amounts of calories, fat, carbs, and sodium! Here is a list of some of those 10 unhealthiest foods in the USA to help you splurge, but not too much!
1. Quizno's Veggie Hero (Large)
1,090 calories, 61g fat, 2,540mg sodium
Quizno's Veggie Hero is one of the sneakiest unhealthiest foods in America! I admit that before they started putting their calorie counts on the menu that I ordered this sandwich a few times, thinking it was a healthier option. Boy was I wrong! Aside from its high calorie count, a large Quizno's veggie hero comes loaded with 61g of fat and not to mention 2,540mg of sodium! Luckily, Quizno's has recently lowered the calorie content of this bad boy down to 860 calories and 45g of fat for a large which is better, but still not great. You can thank the load of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses mixed with high calorie guacamole for the fattening aspect of this usually healthy meal.
2. Applebee’s Appetizer Sampler
2,430 calories, 166g fat, 6,070 mg sodium
Usually, the theory is that eating only a little bit of a bad thing won’t cause you to suffer severe dieting consequences. While this is usually true, it doesn't work when you’re eating a little bit of several bad things! In the case of Applebee's Appetizer Sampler, you get a little bit of mozzarella sticks, spinach and artichoke dip with chips, cheese quesadillas, and Buffalo wings. Sadly I used to work at Applebee's and would split this appetizer with my coworker for lunch. I almost cried when I found out that even split evenly, this dish would have me consuming 1,215 calories, 83g of fat, and 3,035mg of sodium!
3. Five Guys French Fries (Large)
1,474 calories, 71g fat, 184g carbs
Let's start off by saying that French fries are usually always one of the unhealthiest foods in America. However, Five Guys has taken french fries above and beyond. Five Guys French Fries most likely made it onto this list for no other reason other than their portion sizes are enormous! They may look like your typical French fries, but that heap of potato, batter and salt somehow manages to contain 1,464 calories, making this the unhealthiest item on their menu! Like I mentioned before, no french fries are considered healthy, but it is really hard to find another brand that comes anywhere near the calorie count of these.
4. Chili's Big Mouth Bites
2,350 calories, 38g fat, 3,940mg sodium
Sliders are a tricky foods because they seem like they would be better for you than eating one monstrous burger...but they're usually not. For example, the burger sliders from Chili's each pack a little less than 400 calories, which isn't so bad. However, eat them together in their four slider meal and you will ingest 1,580 calories and 28g of saturated fat! If that's not enough to deter you, also know that the burgers pack 2,940mg of sodium. If you do opt for the fries, fried onion strings, and jalapeño ranch dipping sauce that usually come with Chili's slider meal, be prepared to ratchet up to 2,350 calories, plus 38g of saturated fat, and 3,940mg of sodium.
5. Pepperidge Farm Roasted Chicken Pot Pie
1,020 calories, 64g fat, 86g carbs
That's right, you're not even safe from caloric monsters in the supermarket! The label on the Pepperidge Farm Roasted Chicken Pot Pie may say that it serves two, but who has ever divided a small pot pie in half to share? Almost 100% of your daily recommendations for total and saturated fats will be coming from this one meal! Oh and by the way, this was number 1 on CSPI's list of ten foods you should never eat.
6. McDonald's Chicken Selects (5 Pieces) with Ranch
830 calories, 55g fat, 48g carbs
What makes this meal so bad is the fact that no one orders 5 piece chicken selects without getting fries and a drink to go along with it! When adding a large fries and regular soda, this chicken meal tops out at 1,710 calories! A better option would be to have McDonald's six-piece McNuggets with BBQ sauce and save yourself 530 calories. Even getting a Big Mac sandwich, another one of the unhealthiest foods in the USA, in place of chicken selects would save you 280 calories.
7. California Pizza Kitchen Waldorf Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
1,570 calories, 30g saturated fat, 2,082mg sodium
Oh yes, there is a salad on this list of unhealthiest foods in America! California Pizza Kitchen's Waldorf Chicken Salad has been given the honor of worst salad in America by the CSPI! The blue cheese dressing this salad comes with certainly doesn't help its high calorie count and neither does the over-sized plate it is served on. This salad has more calories in it than most burgers, pastas, and deep-fried anything! Like I've said in another one of my articles, just because it has the word "salad" in its name, doesn't mean it's healthy!
8. Uno Chicago Grill's Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae
2,800 calories, 136g fat, 380g carbs
Of course I had to include a dessert on this list of unhealthiest foods in the USA! To be fair, this glutenous sundae is intended to be shared, but that doesn't excuse the fact that one order contains more fat than four entire thin crust Cheese & Tomato Uno Chicago Grill pizza pies! You would at least need to split this dessert with 5 people to even get to a decent calorie intake range for a dessert, but even with 5 people it would still contain half of your recommended daily fat content.
9. The Cheesecake Factory French Toast Napoleon
2,530 calories, 65 g saturated fat, 253g carbs
Say hello to the new number one choice for unhealthiest food in America according to the book series "Eat This, Not That." The Cheesecake Factory's French Toast Napoleon is the mother of all breakfasts with as many calories as eating 3 dozen eggs! The dish features three slices of thick cut French toast drenched in Chantilly cream and stacked with strawberries, pecans and powdered sugar. Also, talk about a carbohydrate explosion with this meal containing 253g! If you want a better breakfast alternative, my answer would be ANYTHING. Eating anything else for breakfast will most likely be better for you than eating this carbohydrate and calorie nightmare!
10. Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries
2,900 calories, 182g fat, 240g carbs
Of course to end this list, I had to include one of the most well known top picks for America's unhealthiest foods. This would be Outback Steakhouse's Aussie Cheese Fries. Even if you split this caloric atomic bomb "starter" dish with three friends, you'll have downed a dinner's worth of calories before your entree arrives. Follow this up with a steak, sides, and a dessert and you could easily break the 3,500 calorie barrier! If (god forbid) you did decide to eat this "starter" on your own, know that you are consuming the caloric equivalent of eating 14 Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
There are tons more bad food choices in America so make sure you look for the nutritional information before you order! You never know when something that may seem harmless could be a caloric massacre in disguise! Did looking through all of these unhealthiest foods in America make you hungry? Or disgusted?