The 13 Most Fattening Foods on Earth

Yeah, you might want to stay away from most of these foods

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A rack of St. Louis-style ribs contains nearly 100 grams of fat.

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What is it about fattening foods that lures us in like moths to a flame? Fat is flavor, after all, so the more fat a food has the tastier it will be. Add in copious amounts of salt or sugar, and you’ve got a prescription for addictive tastiness. From ice cream to chicken fried steak, we’ve rounded up the 13 most fattening foods on the planet.

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There’s no question what the single most fattening food on the planet is: that would, obviously, be pure fat, which comes in a few forms. There’s animal fat (lardo, or cured pork fat, is probably the food product that contains the most of it); there’s dairy fat, which is butter in its most concentrated form; and there are nut and vegetable fats, which are pure oil (like olive, peanut, or soybean oil) in their most concentrated forms. So whichever foods contain the most of these fats are, quite obviously, the most fattening foods around.

If there’s one way to demonstrate the genius of man, it’s through his ability to cram as much fat as possible into food. Steak is fatty on its own, but why not batter and deep-fry it? Then, just for kicks, let’s top it with cream gravy! Seriously, It’s a little ridiculous. A burger patty can contain upwards of 20 percent fat, so let’s fry a half-pound patty on a griddle and top it with cheese and bacon! Why? Because it’s freakin’ delicious, that’s why.

So while it’s pretty obvious that the foods on our list are full of fat, what might surprise you is exactly how much fat these foods actually contain. For example, if an 8-ounce (224 gram) beef patty contains 20 percent fat, that means that 20 percent of those 224 grams are pure fat — about 45 grams. And that’s before the cheese.

So while there are good fats and there are bad fats, most of the fats we consume are undeniably bad. And these foods contain more of it than just about any other food on earth. 

Dan Myers is the Eat/Dine Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @sirmyers.

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I'm with the above comment. Sugar and carbs are more conducive to weight gain than fat is. Sugar is ready made to be incorporated into fat cells or create more fat cells. Fat needs to be converted to blood sugar before being sent off to the fat cells.

Fat and protiens containing fat typically fill you up for longer than sugar laden foods. Total calories are a more important indicator of the need for portion control than the amount of fat in something. I'd rather eat 2,000 calories of 80/20 hamburg and buttery corn on the cob than 2,000 calories of foods that replaced the fat with sugars and carbs. When you see a product labelled as fat free, read it as saying full of sugar.

If an 8 or 10 oz burger has so much fat, then cut it back to a more human sized 4 oz burger. The Quarter Pounder used to be the "large" option burger. If you've ever tried a 94% lean burger, you know how dry they end up. You'll take a few bites and then head over to the buffet ng for the potato salad to get the tasty fats you wanted, anyway.

If you need to lose weight, reduce your portion size and increase your activity level. You'll be more successful(and happy) when you still get to eat your favorite foods and lose weight. I know I am...


Eating fat doesn't make you fat! Fat is a necessary part of the diet and is necessary for the maintenance of EVERY cell in the body! Sugar (and carbs that become sugar in the body) make you fat! The sugar drives insulin release which in turn creates fat cells to store the energy. Fat in sweet deserts actually lowers the insulin load and results in FEWER body fat cells being developed. (Stay away from low fat deserts if you want to lose weight! Won't help!)

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