Italians are known for their pasta, Spanish for their tapas, and Japanese for their sushi and maki. What are Americans known for? Fatty Foods.
Truly, we cannot blame other nationalities for seeing us that way. After all, most of them have seen the documentary Supersize Me and even though we don't all eat that way, many would conclude that we do. Not to mention, there is a wide array of fatty foods that can be found all over the country.
Below is a compilation of the fattest foods in various states - which are most probably the reasons why obesity is a current major problem that our country is facing.
In Alabama, you can't leave without trying the ultimate regional favorite, which is the bacon-wrapped meatloaf. The dish is made with ground beef, onion, bell pepper, celery, eggs, breadcrumbs and seasonings, before it's wrapped in fat-drenched bacon. A 3-ounce serving of 80 percent lean meatloaf has about 14 grams of fat. And for every slice of bacon, you'll get 3 grams of fat. It's no wonder this state has the second-highest rate of obesity in the country.
In other states, hotdog is just a foot long. But why have one when you can have two? That's what Connecticut residents think. Here, you get to devour on their 2 foot-long hotdog, which is available in more than 20 places in one city alone. The hotdog is topped with onions, chili, cheddar cheese sauce, and bacon. It's loaded with 24 grams of fat, 10 grams of which are artery-clogging saturated fat. Don't forget to double the figures when you add the toppings like bacon, chili, and cheddar cheese.
It's not that easy to imagine that in a tropical place like Hawaii, there would be a local favorite packed with fat. You'd think that this place is all about healthy seafood. Loco Moco, a local favorite, comes in various versions, but it's basically white rice with beef patty and gravy. At Island Cuisine Maui, the version includes two hamburger patties, two eggs, three scoops of rice, onions, and mushroom gravy. That packs you with 42 grams of fat.
Pizza has always been notorious for being fatty. In Illinois, the fat culprit is even worse - the deep dish pie, which is a surefire way to shoot up not only fat intake but also calorie consumption. A serving of Cheese and Tomato deep dish pizza for example is packed with 40 grams of fat. That's already 5 times more than the recommended daily limit! And if you add toppings like pepperoni and sausage, you're way over the fat boundary.
This dish was invented in the 1930s, and since then, it has become a staple food in New Mexico. This less-than-healthy snack is topped with tomatoes, cheese, chili, and other spices. The amount of fat depends on what toppings you're adding to the snack but generally, it's a staggering 46 grams of fat and 14 grams of saturated fat.