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Nov 30, 2007 12:58 PM

"20 Worst Foods in America"

Personally, I'm not a big calorie-counter or dieter or anything (I just like to eat good food), but this is somewhat fascinating:

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  1. thanks for the link.

    I will now have even more of a chuckle when I see people singing the praises of Chipotle, and PF Changs, & Jamba Juice as good food on here.

    1. Whoa...thanks for the link. If nothing else it's entertaining read. Some of the name for those things are pretty "impressive"...#1 and #10 are pure Americana.

      1. That is interesting..... I am glad I have managed to not eat any of those!

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        1. re: libgirl2

          Shoot, looks like I have to start eating sawdust again. Sigh.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            Well if those places could add fat and salt to the sawdust and top it with a ginormus marketing campaign...who knows.

            I've had the Quiznos sandwich, but not the large.

            1. re: ML8000

              OK, the salt and fat would do the trick. Maybe they can get a food personality to endorse it as their new creation, oh wait Applebees is already doing that.

            2. re: Phaedrus

              You don't have to eat sawdust. There are much better tasting and cheaper alternatives. Just eat something local and fresh. And not gigantic portions.

              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                I don't eat gigantic portions, I take home what I don't eat. However, I don't want the government or anyone else dictating that my portions should be smaller and that I should be paying the same price as for the gigantic portions.

                And there are times I don't want local or fresh. When I want a Twinkie, I want a Twinkie. The shame of that is, Twinkies have been downsized and the price has remained the same.

                Whatever happened to self control and personal responsibility.

                1. re: dolores

                  Well freaking said Dolores! Summed it up better than I could. Self control is what its all about... and choice. Dont hold our noses up to those eating that stuff, there is a time and a place for everything.

                  Screw twinkies, I want my deep dish pizzas all greased up once in a while as well as some good desserts and dont want to feel guilty about it.

          2. #4 on the baddie list - Macaroni Grill Meatballs & Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - Wifey and I love it. We like to split it and a half order of Insalada Blue.

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            1. re: rich in stl

              But even splitting it, you're still working on 1200 calories and 2500 mg of sodium each.

            2. To me the most surprising is Jamba Juice. They present their brand image as a healthy provider of juices and smoothies. But apparently some of those so-called "smoothies" are loaded with sugar and are more like milkshakes.

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              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                It's 30 ounces. That is an absurd amount of juice to drink. I live far away from the insanity of these sort of portion sizes. Here juice comes in 200ml bottles (6.8 ounces). That's more or less the way it was in the US when I was a kid. I just don't get why all of a sudden it is necessary for people to drink huge vats of soda, juice, coffee and tea.

                1. re: butterfly

                  I've only ever had the enlightened smoothies and they are healthy. The other things on the menu all have sorbet or something and are like 400-500 calories!

                  1. re: butterfly

                    The Jamba Juice "smoothie" on the list isn't a juice based smoothie. The ones with actual juice in them are, for the most part, a decent to good option. Especially if you stick with the 16oz size.