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The 20 Worst Foods of 2009

January 16, 2009

Doctors recommend that the average human being (you know who you are) consume a little over 2000 calories a day – about 1940 for women, and 2500 for men. Needless to say, the average American consumes a good deal more than this – closer to 3770. The real hilarious question is, of course, what are all these calories made of?

Sometimes overeating is straightforward – second helpings of spaghetti when one would have sufficed, late night cheese binges, spoonfuls of lard, etc. But we live in a land of opportunity, dare I say a land of hope, and it’s not too hard to find some truly, truly horrendous foods. Menshealth.com has just released the 20 worst foods of 2009, containing the top awards in a number of categories for the most efficient ways to inflate your stomach and clog your arteries. The grand winner come from the land of the fried, and it packs a punch. We all know that numbers aren’t always the best way to gauge the actual health of foods, but it’s hard to swing scores this high any other way:

Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing

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2,900 calories
182 g fat
240 g carbs

This weapon of mass construction is the caloric equivalent of eating 14 Krispy Kreme doughnuts, before your dinner arrives. Even if you split this “starter” with 3 friends, you’ll have downed a meal’s worth of calories.

More of the worst after the jump.Worst Dessert:

Chili’s Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

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1,600 calories
78 g fat
215 g carbs

Would you eat a Big Mac for dessert? How about three? That’s the calorie equivalent of this decadent dish. Clearly, Chili’s customers get their money’s worth.

Worst Pizza:

Uno Chicago Grill Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza

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2,310 calories
162 g fat
123 g carbs
4,470 mg sodium

Downing this “personal” pizza is equivalent to eating 18 slices of Domino’s Crunchy Thin Crust cheese pizza.

Worst Pasta:
Macaroni Grill Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce
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2,430 calories
128 g fat
207 g carbs
5,290 mg sodium

This meal satisfies your calorie requirements for an entire day.

Worst Burger:
Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger
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1,520 calories
111 g fat

Carl’s brags about this, but also provides convenient nutrition info on its Web site—so ignorance is no excuse for eating it.

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