When I think of Mr. Bad Food, I can’t help but think of George Thorogood and the Destroyers and their popular song, Bad to the Bone.
Yes, Mr. Bad Food is…
Bad to the barbecue sauce-stained rib bone!
And, for the first time since 2007, he’s back where he belongs – here at eDiets!
Since heading off to the four corners of the world in search of foul food concoctions worthy of his Worst Foods Hall of Shame, Mr. Bad Food has occasionally popped up as a guest contributor on various dieting websites. But it’s eDiets where his cholesterol-clogged heart has always belonged.
“eDiets gave me my start in the writing business way back in 2001 – a time when fast food ruled the land and supermarket shelves were stuffed with one ‘bad food’ after another,” Mr. Bad Food notes.
“Sadly, the food landscape hasn’t changed all that much since then, so it’s a good time for me to make my comeback. There are plenty of diet-wrecking food items to be outed and plenty of restaurant meals to be publicly humiliated!”
For those of you who may not recall Mr. Bad Food, he’s a sort of food reviewer – but he chooses to chew on the so-called worst of the worst foods that people like you and me have sampled knowingly… or unknowingly.
After writing his first column more than a decade ago, Mr. Bad Food soared in popularity for eDiets. At the height of his six-year run here, he had more than 9,000,000 newsletter subscribers and was crowned “the most popular website personality” by the more than 12 million eDiets newsletter subscribers and members.
“While Barry Manilow writes the songs that make the young girls cry, I prefer to write about the culinary wrongs that make the healthy eaters cry,” Mr. Bad Food tells eDiets.
“It’s a service that’s sorely needed. Sure, many of us are aware that fast food is typically not good food – but most of us aren’t aware of just how bad our fast food favorites really are.”
For instance, did you know that Burger King’s Large Triple Whopper with Cheese Value Meal with Fries and Coke will slam you with 2,110 calories, 104 grams of fat (35.5g saturated, 2g trans) and 2,270 milligrams of sodium?
It’s not just fast food that fries Mr. Bad Food’s oysters. He also takes the occasional stroll through a local supermarket, where he stops to read labels and reveal the naughty nutrition facts.
For instance, did you know that one cup of Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo can whack you with 450 calories, 24 grams of fat (7g saturated, 3.5g trans) and 1,050 milligrams of sodium? According to Men's Health, that's the equivalent of mindlessly munching 97 Cheez-Its!
And let’s not forget the foul fare dished up at our favorite sit-down restaurants. Mr. Bad Food knows that Americans dine out more than four times a week, so he’s sure to sample the bewares first.
For instance, the IHOP Colorado Omelette will leave you with a Rocky Mountain sigh when you learn you just ate 1,890 calories, 47 grams of saturated fat, 4,200 milligrams of sodium, and a whopping 130 grams of carbs. A hard-to-swallow fact: That's more calories than SIX Egg McMuffins!
“I chose to come back now because America is just about to gorge itself on Thanksgiving dinner,” said Mr. Bad Food. “A turkey itself cannot foul up your diet. But all those fixins you’ll gobble on Nov. 28 can really give your diet a dressing down.
“I’ll touch on that next week – and offer up a healthier way to celebrate the holiday. Until then, be sure to read the fine print on food labels and restaurant menus. And do your best to steer clear of the nutritional landmines that will surely supersize your waistband and your weight!”
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets. (He’s also the Clark Kent to Mr. Bad Food’s Superman!)