5 Ridiculous Fast Food Creations That Should Never Have Been Invented
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If it feels as though you've read this story before, that's because there is an endless supply of information about the horrifying things that pass for food these days. And so the cataloging continues. Kitchens have sadly been replaced with scientific laboratories and it is starting to seem that the American public is one big test animal.
Well, maybe it isn't all Americans. Perhaps you're the kind of person who labors over decisions about whether to eat local or organic (or both), or whether you should go vegan or opt for grass-fed, free-range meat. If so, this list will make you feel a whole lot better about your food choices. You're clearly already on your way to better health and more sustainable eating, so why not have a laugh (and potentially a gag) at the folks who seemed to have missed some pretty important health memos. And if you're in that latter bunch, maybe this will serve as a gentle nudge to seek some greener and leaner pastures when it comes to eating.
1. Breakfast of Losers
This one is so incredibly offensive because it's a death trap masquerading as breakfast -- and my father drilled into me since childhood that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I can't imagine any good could come from a day that begins with Friendly's Caramel Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. "This meal consists of a cinnamon roll split and stuffed with cream cheese and ice cream and topped off with whipped cream and hot caramel," writes Men's Health. The total calorie count comes in at 2,090, more than a day's worth of calories, with 57 grams of fat (28 saturated) and 214 grams of sugar. Check, please!
2. Bigger Is Not Better
While we're talking about starting the day, I bet there's a whole lot of people who like to grab a "cup of ambition" as Dolly would say, to get going in the morning. That sounds pretty good unless you're heading to Starbucks, which has apparently decided to compete with the Big Gulp. Goodbye sophisticated thimble of espresso and hello Trenta.
Dillon Sorenson writes for Culture Map, "Currently, Starbucks offers three sizes: Tall (354 mL), Grande (473 mL), and Venti (591 mL). And beginning May 3rd, you will be able to get your beverage of choice in a new 916 mL Trenta size. How big is 916 mL, you ask? Well, an average bottle of wine is 750 mL, and the average capacity of the human stomach is 900 mL."
I guess this massive addition is somehow fitting for a company that has Tall as its smallest size option. But isn't 916 mL a little excessive for coffee? A pretty safe rule we should all agree on for eating is not to exceed the capacity of our stomachs in a single sitting. Not too much to ask, right?
3. POTUS with Sauce
I'm pretty sure this is the first time an American president has had a frozen food named after him. Der Spiegel reports that the German company Sprehe, hoping to jump on the Obama-mania train (which clearly has already left the station) launched Obama Fingers. Seriously. These are frozen fried chicken fingers that come with a curry dipping sauce.
The German outlet elaborates:
For Americans in Germany, though, there is a risk that the product might be seen as racially insensitive. Fried chicken has long been associated with African-Americans in the US -- naming strips of fried chicken after the first black president could cause some furrowing of brows.