Monday, December 28, 2009

Men's Health Eat This Not That: Worst Food in America 2009 | Worst Super Bowl Foods

Worst Salad in America 2009
On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef and Chipotle Honey Mustard
1,700 calories
124 g fat (37.5 g saturated)
2,620 mg sodium
The dismal dawn of the 1,700-calorie salad is upon us. With as much saturated fat as 37 strips of bacon and more calories than 11 Taco Bell Fresco beef Tacos, this abdomen expander earns a well-deserved spot on our list of the Worst Foods in America.

Eat This Instead!
House Salad with Fat-Free Mango Citrus Vinaigrette
255 calories
12 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
280 mg sodium

Trans-Fattiest Food in America 2009
Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges
13 g trans fat
760 calories
52 g fat (16 g saturated)
960 mg sodium
It's no surprise this side dish is bursting with fat and calories-it's a plate of fried potatoes topped with bacon and melted cheese. To be fair, Bob Evans also offers 2 items with 13 grams of heart-hammering trans fat (Slow Roasted Chicken Pot Pie and the NSA Apple Pie)-but Jack's is so thoroughly swaddled in the junk that they truly have earned the bottom slot, and the troubling title of Trans-Fattiest Restaurant in America. The good news is that not all of Jack's items are filled with the bad stuff-a smarter appetizer or side dish would be the Grilled Chicken Pita Snack.

Eat This Instead!
Grilled Chicken Pita Snack
310 calories
13 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans)
640 mg sodium

Worst Burger in America 2009
Chili's Smokehouse Bacon Triple Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
1,901 calories
138 g fat (47 g saturated)
4,201 mg sodium
Any burger whose name is 21 syllables long is bound to spell trouble for your waistline. This burger packs almost an entire day's wroth of calories and 2 ½ days' worth of fat. The Chili's burger menu rivals Ruby Tuesday's for the worst in America, so you're better off with one of their reasonable Fajita Pitas to silence your hunger.

Eat This, Instead!
Fajita Pita Beef
489 calories
21 g fat (4 g saturated)
1,543 mg sodium

Worst Frozen Coffee Drink at Starbucks
Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème – whip (grande)
570 calories
15 g fat (9 g saturated fat)
83 g sugars

This afternoon pick-me-up is a clandestine delivery system for 30 teaspoons of sugar. To top this sugar load, you would have to munch through three sticky orders of cotton candy.

Drink This Instead!
Espresso Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee
110 calories
0.5 g fat
13 g sugars

The Worst Super Bowl Foods
Don’t become a buffet linebacker from overeating on Super Bowl Sunday

Worst Frozen Appetizer
Worst Frozen Pizza
Worst Popcorn
Worst Party Mix
Worst Chip Dip
Worst Potato Chips
Worst Super Bowl Light Beer
Worst Super Bowl Dessert
Worst Cheesy Bread
Worst Breadstick Dip
Worst BreadsticksWorst SubWorst PastaWorst WingsWorst Delivery Pizza

Super Bowl Sunday may not be an official holiday, but gathering with your buds to watch 22 burly dudes chasing pigskin is as much an American ritual as lighting the tree or carving the turkey. And like most holidays in this country, the sporting event's also one of the worst waist-offenders.

According to the Calorie Control Council and the Snack Food Association, Americans eat 30 million pounds of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday. That's 11.2 million potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds of nuts. And this doesn't include the grub that's prepared at home or ordered in!

Stick to your 2009 fitness or weight loss goals by avoiding caloric blindside tackles and making the chow-down craze work for you.