We all love junk food. As the obesity epidemic continues to rise in America, the U.K, Canada, Mexico, etc… we’re continuously told to watch what we eat, how many calories are in this, which calories are good, which are bad, etc.. It’s only fair to admit there are some foods that, no matter how much your mother said not to eat, keep you coming back for more. Whether you’re watching a movie with your friends and you want to keep your hands busy, or you’ve been patiently waiting all day to snack out on your own in your room, here’s a top ten best of the worst foods.
Okay, it may not qualify as a food to you, but alcohol has been a source of calories for people going all the way back to Ancient Egypt and Babylon. That being said, while it may have reliably kept the people fed, distillation techniques rapidly increased the alcoholic content of the beverages, and we all know more alcohol means getting drunk faster. So yes, a good old drink begins our list because of its dietary importance of the past, and for its reputation as a party substance. A drink here and there won’t kill you, but watch yourself because tomorrow morning might leave you feeling like you wished you were dead.
9. Deep Fried Mars Bar
Our next item is a Scottish treat that’s been floating around for a few decades until it gained notoriety as the mascot for Scotland’s obesity problem. You take a Mars bar, cover it in batter and deep fry until it becomes a crispy, golden lump of melting deliciousness. Ironically, Mars Inc released a statement saying that “deep frying one of [their] products goes against [their] commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles.” Really? Who knew?
8. Hot dogs
The American classic street food. Where would we be without the hot dog? Originally promoted by successful German immigrants in the late 1800s, specifically by entrepreneur Chris von der Ahe, who also owned a baseball team and an amusement park. It is no wonder we have associated the hot dog with these two places ever since. Whether you like it with sauerkraut, mustard and onions, just ketchup, or hold everything, including the bun; the hot dog is a fun food that never fails to satisfy.
7. French fries
Can I have an order of fries with that? The association of hot dogs and french fries has been long-standing due to their perfect meat and potato relationship. Despite what their name would suggest, french fries are not thought to be French; but rather to have been confused as a French treat by British and American soldiers. Of course if this popular side dish is being consumed by a bunch of French speaking people, they must have been from France. They were Belgian. Since then, they’ve become a staple of fast food in the English speaking world, known as french fries in America and chips in Great Britain.
To complete our combo, we’re gonna need something to keep our throats from drying up. If we thought drinks could top the list, soda may have appeared as item number one because of just how bad it is for your body. Liquid calories are the easiest to consume without realizing just how much sugar you’ve absorbed. Sugar is also the leading cause behind tooth decay and many weight issues. The catch, is that you can find soda almost anywhere and in almost any flavour, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a cold cola soothing your throat.
Maturity is simplicity. Sometimes all you need is to deep fry a ring of dough, and sprinkle some sugar on it. Other times, you might need a full round puff of dough with a gooey jam center, covered in icing sugar as though it just snowed outside. The doughnut or “donut” can provide you with both of these culinary experiences. What’s more, it can be eaten first thing in the morning, or as a dessert. If eaten everyday for breakfast, the doughnut would have to be king (or queen) of the best of the worst foods.
Probably the easiest to prepare on this list, all you need is some flour, eggs, butter, milk and a hot pan. Now you’re in business. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so when we’re eating pancakes, we’re making sure we get the most tastiness we can out of it by topping them with chocolate chips, bananas and table syrup. If that’s too fancy for you, you can pull up to any diner in the morning and request a classic stack of flapjacks. Okay, we’ll admit it, we only make pancakes as an excuse to eat as much syrup as possible.
3. Milk chocolate
So we’ve all heard that chocolate is good for your heart, but what we don’t tend to remember is that the experts are talking about dark chocolate. Dark chocolate of the bitter variety. Healthy is nice and all, but sometimes there’s nothing that can replace the creamy sweetness of a milk chocolate bar, so we don’t blame you for eating all your holiday chocolate in a sitting or two. Sadly, a large confectionery firm claims we’ll be out of chocolate by 2020 at the rate we consume. Can you imagine a life without chocolate?
2. Ranch dressing
America’s most loved dip, Ranch Dressing has been the most used salad dressing by Americans since 1992. Extremely versatile and packed with flavour, it’s no wonder we’re dipping our celery, carrots, chicken wings and who-knows-what-else in it. It’s been a hit since its design by Steve Henson in the 1950s and shows no sign of slowing down. To be honest, we’re just waiting for the day it’s socially acceptable to eat the dip all on its own.
Crunchy, salty, greasy, easily dipped… what more could you ask for? The potato chip is our ruling junk food of the day not because it’s so artery clogging or waist expanding, but because it is considered one of the worst foods for your teeth on this list. You think chips are sugar free? Think again! Potatoes are mostly made of sugar, and when you fry them up they absorb a good (or bad) amount of fats that nutritionists consider to be the most deadly. However, when all is said and done, there are few comforts as satisfying as blowing through a big bag of chips and thinking to yourself “I could go for another. We hope you still have some willpower to resist digging into your pantry after reading this list. Perhaps you’ve been inspired to write a new list of foods to avoid. Or maybe like us, you’re having a glass of red wine and diet cola to go with your chip-stuffed hot-dog covered in chocolate, battered, deep fried, and wrapped in a pancake with a few generous spurts of ranch. Why? Because you can. After all, there’s nothing wrong with having one treat a day.