Day 221: Horrifyingly unhealthy food

12 08 2010

I love to eat. Hence the reason for joining Weight Watchers recently. What horrifies me, however, is all the disgustingly frightening artery-hardening-drop-dead-from-cardiac-arrest menu items that various fast food restaurants seem to pride themselves on offering. Obviously, this is not a new development. I read recently about an item at Denny’s that almost made me dry-heave: the “Fried Cheese Melt.” According to The Consumerist Web site where I saw it, it’s “made with four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread. It is served with French fries and a side of marinara sauce.” Do real people actually order this crap? Ugh. I’m not sure what was more icky: the description or the photo. 

Denny's Fried Cheese Melt


Of course Denny’s is not the only restaurant providing high-calorie, high-fat, high-everything items. Friendly’s “Grilled Cheese Burger Melt” consists of grilled cheese sandwiches for the buns. Apparently it has 1500 calories, 79 grams of fat and 9 grams of dietary fiber – all of which translates to 36 Weight Watchers points! (For comparison, I have 20 points per day allowance.) I won’t even mention the 2,090 mg of sodium. 

Friendly's Grilled Cheese Burger Melt


In comparison, it makes KFC’s “Double Down” seem pretty tame (but still gross). Bacon and cheese sandwiched between two fried chicken “buns”: 

KFC Double Down. Image: Flickr/daves cupboard


Another one is Burger King’s “BK Quad Stacker.” This contains four hamburgers, eight strips of bacon, four slices of cheese and almost a day’s worth of calories. Seriously, who needs all that?! 

BK Quad Stacker. Image: Flickr/Urthstripe


Burger King apparently announced the burger by saying, “We’re satisfying the serious meat lovers by leaving off the produce and letting them decide exactly how much meat and cheese they can handle.” Uh huh. I’d like to know how many lawsuits their company can handle when people sue them for various health problems caused by this crap. Yes, I know that no one is forcing people to eat this stuff. Consumers are free to make their own decisions. But what is the point for even offering these kinds of items in the first place? As I see it, no one benefits from these items except the fast food chains who make them. It’s money in their pocket. Why should they care if you drop dead from poor eating habits? 

While Bob Evans’ Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes includes 1,380 calories and 34 grams of fat, (syrup apparently adds another 200 calories for every four-tablespoon serving) this actually looks pretty tasty. Weight Watchers, be damned! 🙂 

Bob Evans' Stacked & Stuffed Cinnamon Cream Hotcakes


Today’s food journal: 

— Strawberry, banana smoothie = 3.5 points 

— Spinach salad with Light Lime dressing, apple and veggie chicken patty = 5.5 points
— Diet Coke = 0 

— 2 scrambled egg whites = 1 point
— 1 whole wheat tortilla = 2 points
— Picante sauce = 0 points
— Diet Coke = 0 points 

Afternoon snack:
— 1 apple = 1 point
— 3 Weight Watchers fruit chew candies = 1 point 

Evening snack:
— Cool whip with chocolate sauce = 4 points 

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride! 

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Thanks for visiting.



2 responses

13 08 2010
Paige Davis

Those offerings do look disgusting. I’m not a particularly healthy eater, but even I wouldn’t touch those with a ten foot pole.

13 08 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Gross, aren’t they? I’m not a particularly healthy eater either, but these things are just scary. Hope you’re doing well! How are things back in TX? Give me a call sometime! Looking forward to getting together next time I’m home. Maybe we’ll do Poppa Rollos! 🙂

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