Fattiest Foods in the U.S.: From Alabama to Georgia
The United States is very well known for its preference for junk food and most people are overweight due to these foods. In this matter, each state respects itself with some regional favorites which carry not only huge portion sizes and super-high calorie counts but also incredibly-high fat content. Taking the states from A to G, here are the 10 fattiest foods in states like Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia:
1. Alabama: Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf. As you probably know, Alabama is second in command in matter of obesity rates, neighboring Mississippi and it rises up to its fame with this sky-high-fat-content recipe, made up by Chef Kevin Layton of Greer’s Market, in Mobile. “People ask for it on a weekly basis,” he told WKRG News in 2008. The ingredients for this recipe are the following: meatloaf made with ground beef, onion, bell pepper, celery, eggs, breadcrumbs, and seasonings, then wrapped in bacon, which give you, on a 3-ounce serving of 80% lean meatloaf, about 14 grams of fat. Plus, each additional bacon strip gives you about 3 grams of fat too.
2. Alaska: Eskimo Ice Cream. This is a native dish that is still available today, going by the name of akutaq. The traditional recipe, which was made by women when their men returned home with fresh polar bear or seal meat, had meat and fat from caribou, moose, bears, seals, and fish, but nowadays it is usually prepared with Crisco. The ingredients are: reindeer fat, seal oil, salmonberries, blackberries which give you about 91 (!) grams of fat per serving.
3. Arizona: Quadruple Bypass Burger. This is a special favorite you can purchase at Heart Attack Grill, where people weighing over 350 pounds eat for free. The dish is thought to have around 8,000 calorie, but at least its name warns you. The ingredients for this dish are: four beef patties, eight slices of cheese, tomato, onions, sauce, on a bun and they provide you with some 60 grams of fat, which is just below the 65 grams of fat limit that the USDA recommends.
4. Arkansas: Catfish. As you probably know the South is famous for its frying of basically everything. Fish couldn’t escape either, it seems and if this catfish is served with hush puppies, you can be sure to receive about 25 grams of fat, at least. The ingredients are: catfish, cornmeal, flour, eggs and seasonings.
5. California: In-N-Out Burger Double Double. Think about a MacDonald’s double cheeseburger and then multiply the fat content by two. The result is the amount of fat this Double Double gives you. Although in Cali you can see many sculpted bodies, there are a few people who still prefer junk food and eating at In-N-Out Burger is the best way to “stay in shape”. The ingredients for this burger are: two beef patties, lettuce, tomato, two slices of American cheese, and spread, which give you about 41 grams of fat.
6. Colorado: Jack-N-Grill’s 7-pound breakfast burritos. Although Colorado is best known for its healthy reputation, it still hosts the biggest burrito of all time. Although big is calling it small, this giant burrito contains potatoes, 12 eggs, a pound of ham, a whole onion, cheese, and chili and it brings to the table about 100 grams of fat that lay only in the eggs and ham, add the fat in the cheese in the chili too and you’ll be amazed at how much fat can get into such a thing.
7. Connecticut: 2-foot-long hot-dog. This is probably Connecticut’s favorite, as in Hartford alone there are about 24 places where you can purchase such a hot-dog. The 2-foot-long hot dog contains 2-foot-long pork and beef hot dog, three rolls, onions, peppers, chili, cheddar cheese sauce, and bacon and it’s your source of about 60 grams of fat, at least.
8. Delaware: Deep-fried pastry. This dish is close to the Chinese appetizer crab Rangoon and it embeds cooked crab or imitation crabmeat, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, seasonings, and oil for frying, bringing to the table around 20 grams of fat per serving.
9. Florida: Empanadas. These folded meat pies are served around the country but they are particularly famous in the Sunshine State. The dough is made with lard and the filling can consist of cheese, veggies or assorted meats. The fat amount in these delicious empanadas ranges from 10 to 22, depending on the filling.
10. Georgia: Luther Burger. The legend says that this burger was made up in a suburban bar in Decatur, Ga., and named after R&B legend (and diabetic) Luther Vandross. It gathers ground-beef patty, topped with cheese and bacon between two donuts instead of a bun and has around 40 grams of fat.11