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The Top Ten Worst Foods to Consume

Updated on August 29, 2012
Processed foods do taste great, but how good are they for our health?
Processed foods do taste great, but how good are they for our health? | Source

I know most of us understand what good nutrition should look like. Now it’s time to get a pulse on what consumer watch groups have identified as the worst foods you could consume. So maybe if we begin to focus on limiting the “worst foods” known to lead to obesity, and other illness and disease, then good nutrition will likely occur because the alternative to bad food is better food. Note I said “better” food. That’s because we can always do better in our food choices and meal preparations. Once we really begin to understand and experience more organic foods choices in the diet, our bodies will begin to look and feel much better.

Below I’ve listed 10 of the worst foods you could consume as noted by four e-publications and/or food directories from Internet sites. As you roll through the various “worst foods” you’ll note that none of the foods are in an organic state. In other words, these are all processed foods that are prepared by man for our consumption. You’ll also recognize most of these foods will be familiar to you if you’ve consumed any restaurant, or fast foods as of late.

What should you take away from this review? There is one theme, “Worst Foods!” If you live on this stuff it can only make you sick! By listing the calories, cholesterol, fat and sodium quantities below, you’ll understand your body is taking in too many of these bad nutrients when you consume these types of meals and others similar to them. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) safe levels of nutrients consumed daily is listed below each grouping review for you to make your comparisons. And when you take in too many of these nutrients with frequency you then create a toxic environment for illness and disease to thrive within your body.

Even if the meal nutrients are under the RDA requirement, understand the meals listed only represent “one daily meal.” Within many of the meals listed you’ve satisfied your total calorie, sodium, fat and cholesterol daily requirements. Anything more consumed throughout the day is excess and needs to be removed or stored within the body. And that’s how toxicity in the body builds up and illness begins and then disease will flourish if something doesn’t change.

I’ve listed the RDA for calories “below” each meal grouping needed throughout the day with a range that averages out gender and activity levels. For example, if you’re an active male, use the high calorie totals and lower end if female for your comparisons. If you’re physically inactive (meaning you sit most of the day/or don’t exercise daily/out of a 16 hour window); subtract 400 calories from the high/low end of the calorie range. Note: Calorie consumption also calculates body weight which is not included in this listing (Calorie Error +/- 5-10%). The point here: If you go over your RDA calorie consumption, the body stores the excess as fat, creates a more toxic body environment and increases illness and disease risk potential.

1. Top 1 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Marie Callender’s 16.5oz Chicken Pot Pie has 1,040 calories, 22gms from saturated fat, and 1,600mg of sodium!

Spark People - Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger has 1,130 calories (~1/2 of it is fat) equating to 28grams of saturated fat, 150mg’s of cholesterol and 2,540mg of sodium.

Outback Steakhouse - Aussie Cheese Fries pack 2710 calories which include 203 grams of fat and an unbelievable 6,360 mg’s of Sodium!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

2. Top 2 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy Homemade lasagna comes with 1,450 calories, 33 gm’s of saturated fat and 3,830 mg of sodium!

Spark People - Pizza Hut Double Deep Pizza (2 slices of a meaty variety). This equates to 1,150 calories, 72grams of fat and 3,980mg of sodium and 200mg’s of cholesterol!

Care2 – The Cheesecake Factory: Farmhouse Cheeseburger has 1,530 calories, 36 grams of fat and 3,210 mg’s of sodium. If you add fries, these calories go up to 1,990 with a mega dose of sodium at 4,670mgs!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

3. Top 3 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Campbell’s condensed soup has 760 mg of sodium per serving. If you eat the whole can, that’s 2.5 servings of sodium per can (1900mg’s)!

Spark People - El Monterey XX Large Chimichanga. This food delight was found in a Wal-Mart cooler section of a deli located in Pennsylvania. These deep-fried 10oz morsels weigh in at 920 calories with 57grams of fat (of which 15g saturated fats/1g Trans Fat), 1,140 mg sodium with 40mg’s of cholesterol!

Care2 – The Cheesecake Factory: Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake. This dual layer cheesecake, plus cream frosting has 1,540 calories and 59 grams of saturated fats!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

4. Top 4 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Chipotle Chicken Burrito (tortilla, rice, pinto beans, cheese, chicken, sour cream and salsa). One burrito is packed with 970 calories and 18 gms of saturated fats. That’s the equivalent of consuming three 6” Subway BLT Classic subs!

Spark People - Denny’s Meat Lover’s Scramble has an unbelievable 4,170mg’s of sodium (more than double the daily requirement for one meal), it also has 1,280 cal’s with 71grams of fat!

Care2 – KFC: Double Down Sandwich which is a 2 thick fried chicken filet sandwich with bacon, cheese and special sauce. This sandwich packs on 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and adds 1,380 mg’s of sodium to the diet!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

5. Top 5 of 10 Worst Food listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Cheesecake factory – The Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake. A slice of this cake weighs in at ¾’s of a pound. That’s 1,750 calories and 50gms of saturated fat!

Spark People - Hardee’s Country Breakfast Burrito is packed with 60 grams of fat. This breakfast is also has a whooping 920 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat and almost 2,000mg’s of sodium!

Care2 – Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt is a cheese fried sandwich with 1,260 calories, 21 grams of fat and a massive 3,010 mg’s of sodium!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

6. Top 6 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Pillsbury’s Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls with Icing. Has 310 calories per serving, 2 gm’s of saturated fat and 2.5gms of Trans Fats and 5 teaspoons of sugar per roll!

Spark People - KFC Chicken & Biscuit Bowl has 870 calories, 44grams of fat (11 saturated/4.5 Trans Fats) and 2,420mg’s of sodium, including 60mg’s of cholesterol!

Care2 – Baskin’s: Large Oreo Chocolate Shake has as many grams of sugar (263gms) as consuming 56 Oreo cookies! This drink has a mind boggling 2,600 calories, 135 grams of fat and 1,700mgs of sodium!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

7. Top 7 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Land O’Lakes Margarine claims to be an excellent source of Omega 3. Each tablespoon of this margarine has 2.5gm’s of Trans Fats and 2 gm’s of saturated fats.

Spark People - Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème is a 24 oz Venti-sized container. This drink has no coffee in it, but has plenty of rich chocolate- chips and milk, including the chocolate drizzle. It has 670 calories, and from it you gain 22g of total fat!

Care2 – California Pizza Kitchen Waldorf Chicken Salad has 1,570 calories loaded with 30grams of fat and 2,082 mg’s of sodium!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

8. Top 8 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Starbucks Venti (20oz) White Chocolate Mocha is worse than consuming McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese. The drink has 580 calories and 15 grams of saturated fats!

Spark People - Pizza Hut P’Zone are meals made for two. However, it is likely consumed by one! And just looking at the P’Zone Classic to Meaty, you can add on 1,220-1,380 calories and 46-58 grams of fat to include 2grams of Trans Fats and 130-160mg’s of cholesterol per meal! The sodium intake is also off the charts from 2,700 – 3,460mg’s per meal!

Care2 – Macaroni Grill: Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce. So what’s wrong with this pasta? Nothing, it tastes great, but has 2,430 calories, 128grams of fat and 5, 290 mg’s of sodium! “Now that’s not an Italian lean cuisine.”

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

9. Top 9 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Haagen-Daz ice cream per serving (1/2cup) has 300 calories worth of fat in this tasty concoction and a third of your daily requirement worth of cholesterol!

Spark People - Wendy’s Baconator, just think of 2 beef patties, 2 slices of cheese and 6 slices of bacon. That’s 830 calories which equates to 51 grams of fat (22g sat/2.5g Trans Fat), 170mg of cholesterol and 1,920 mgs of sodium!

Care2 – On the Border: Dos XX Fish Tacos with chipotle sauce, refried beans and rice. Unfortunately this is another unhealthy dish packing 2,440 calories, 159 grams of fat and 5,390 mg of sodium!

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

10. Top 10 of 10 Worst Foods listed per publication

Nutrition Action - Cold Stone Creamery’s Oh Fudge Shake starts at 1,250 calories (16oz size). And then these drink sizes continue to increase with ingredient options all the way up to the 24oz “Gotta Have it” with 1,920 calories and 69 grams of saturated fat. That fat content equates to two 16oz T-bone steaks plus a buttered potato!

Spark People - Denny’s Extreme Grand Slam is a breakfast platter with tons of eats that includes bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns and pancakes. This morning meal packs 1,160 calories with 64 grams of fat, 560mg’s of cholesterol and believe it or not, 3,750mg’s of sodium!

Outback Steakhouse – Bloomin Onion, serves six. But if you eat the entire onion that’s 1,948 calories, 161 grams of fat, 149 mg’s of cholesterol and 4,099mg’s of sodium! Now that’s some Bloomin onion.

Cal’s/Day (2000-2800), Fat (~60-80 gm), Cholesterol (<200 mg), Sodium (2000 mg)

As you’ve noted, there is a theme here. It is one meal out of the day with high sugar and high fat-cholesterol; also high concentrate sodium enriched, high calorie processed foods.

These foods or similar foods can be found in many quick convenience food and restaurant chains. If you want to lose weight and prevent disease, i.e., obesity, high blood pressure, congenital heart failure, diabetes, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), depression, arteriolosclerosis, pancreatic, kidney and liver damage, etc., it is wise to moderate and minimize your caloric fat, cholesterol and sodium and total calorie intake.

If you want to lose weight and create a healthier you, you first must understand what it is you’re putting into your body. Once you become mindful of healthy food balance choices, you’ll then begin to feel and look better while you accomplish more in the day. But the best rule of thumb to determine what is healthy, or not for you… The more man manipulates the food chain, the less organic and unhealthy it becomes for your consumption. Organic fresh foods that don’t have long storage life are the best foods you could put in your body.


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      Marc Woodard 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Why does food have to taste so good? Awareness, knowledge and balance in all we do is the best prevention against all that could ail us.

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      Angeleah Tucker 5 years ago from South Dakota

      no wonder im tired all the time lol

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      Marc Woodard 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I've provided the following hub tips. It uses the Glycemic-Index as a help aid for food selection to help with the Diabetic diet.

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      Marc Woodard 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I know the road trip thing all too well and the onslaught of fast foods available. I'm sorry to hear about the diabetes. It is that slow creaping weight gain and tightening of the belt that catches most of us off guard. I'm also hoping this information finds itself into many hands to become mindful of what it is we put into our body. I'm wishing you and your family all the best and good health.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      After working on the road as a District Manager for several months, I noticed something. My clothes were no longer fitting correctly. The life of hotel rooms and fast food restaurants was killing me. My selections at Wendy's, Outback, Five Guys, Taco Bell, Golden Corral and many other offerings were inflating me slowly but surely. In fact, diabetes found its way into my life as a result. I'm no longer on the road but the battle to lose the pounds gained continues, as well as, fighting the diabetes. Hopefully, your article will prevent another from ending up as I have.

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      Marc Woodard 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I do love cheesecake and the factory has a lot of selections that are tough to resist. Why must these foods taste so good... Will power and balance in everything we do. But if we must give in... Then let us have enough will power to frequent these places infrequently for the sake of our aging metabolisms and maintaining good health.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      OH dear, guilty as charged. The red velvet cheesecake at the factory is :)