Friday, October 26, 2012

Food Reward Fridays

Each Friday, I'm going to post a picture of a modern food so ridiculous it makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time.  I'm doing this for two reasons:
  1. To raise awareness about the unhealthy, fattening foods that are taking over global food culture.  These are highly rewarding, highly palatable, energy-dense foods that drive people to eat in the absence of hunger, and continue eating beyond calorie needs.  In many cases, the foods have been specifically designed to maximize "craveability" and palatability.
  2. Because it's funny.
Without further ado... the first lucky winner:

The Lady's Brunch Burger


Yes, that is what it looks like: a bacon egg hamburger with donuts instead of buns.  It was popularized by "Southern food" TV chef Paula Deen, who now has diabetes.  Go figure!

If you have a food in mind that you think is worthy of Food Reward Fridays, please pass it along!

37 comments:

Stephen Ferguson said...

Yum, where can I buy one Stephan?

(When I'm eating it, I'll console myself with knowing I'm validating your Food Reward theory).

Gretchen said...

It's interesting the way one's food interests can differ. I looked at that photo and thought, "Yuch."

Tyler said...

All it needs now is a bit of syrup.

Chase Saunders said...

http://thisiswhyyourefat.tumblr.com/

Phil GB said...

Stephan,
Great idea for sure. One thing I would recommend is if you could track down the nutritional information along with the picture. That way, we can bask in that particular food items fats/salts/sugars combination.

gunther gatherer said...

Disgusting. How can it possibly be edible without the cheese-food sauce and deep friend onion rings on top?

And she calls herself a chef.

Jess said...

I love this idea! And that is awful and funny at the same time. I have seen some other crackers that I will have to pass onto you to share with everyone.

Robert said...

I know a beautiful young woman who raves about Krispy Kreme donuts, and ice cream and chocolate cereal and even Kix cereal, and I could weep, because some day it's going to catch up with her, and make her fat and give her diabetes and heart-disease. She's living a beautiful life now, but someday that sugar is going to bring her down. It's heart-breaking.

RLL said...

I am guessing about 1000 calories, OK for a very athletic teenager. A smaller version, one donut, one egg, one slice of bacon, and a small (2oz) meat patty, about 500 calories. OK as an occasional breakfast for most.

Tom said...

How about this appropriately named cereal ?

http://www.kelloggskrave.co.uk/product.aspx

Stephan Guyenet said...

Whoa, that is amazing.

primalliving said...

When I saw the into to this post in google reader, I fully expected to come across a picture of some highly calorific food, which while probably bad if consumed regularly, might well be quite tempting as some kind of "cheat meal".

How wrong could I be.

Almost as wrong as that burger!

Paul N said...

A commercial approximation to this is the McDonalds "McGriddle", which has egg+ bacon, or egg+sausage, in a sandwich of maple flavoured pancakes.

The sausage version has 560 calories, so RLL is bang on.

I had one of these a few years ago, and yes, they are addictive!
On a cold Canadian winter morning they do warm you up, but certainly make you want to eat a 2nd one (which I did).

I imagine you could run with this Friday idea for years without ever having to repeat a "high reward food"

A more interesting question is what is a naturally occurring (raw) high reward food? Honey is first one that comes to mind.

Hamstercaster said...

Remove the doughnuts and replace that patty with a home made beef patty and we've got a winner! Steak and eggs, yes. Steak, eggs and doughnuts or any other cereal grain based concoction, no!

There are many other abominations out there. But even then, you don't even need any fancy concoction. Every process food out there is palatable more often than not. Chips, popcorn, fries. It's cheap and it's easy to get and fills you up quickly before your hunger signals kick in just minutes later. Processed food makers invest huge amounts of money on a yearly basis to find that special product that will appeal so much to your taste buds that you won't be able to stop eating before the container's empty. Just think of the Lays commercial. Betcha you can't eat just one..

cpsdcarroll said...

http://thisiswhyyourefat.tumblr.com

Rosa Park said...

Oh...no.

I really like your idea, Stephan!

This reminds me of a video I watched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LDQCIHu1Vo

I would say all the meals of the "Epic Meal Time" YouTube show would definitely win awards in Food Reward Fridays. Obviously, they are definitely pushing to the extreme side of things!

Sanjeev said...

These guys want their idea back Stephan.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_is_why_you%27re_fat

Sanjeev said...

I should read all the comments before commenting ...

Charles L. Peden said...

With that sandwich add 300g of sweet potatoes and 1/2 cup steamed broccoli and it turns into a respectably nutritious meal.

jd said...

Stephan,
Great idea. I think adding a bit of fun content will balance the the tone of the blog nicely.

1977ub said...

freeze it and shave just a little into every meal.

Leslie said...

"Popularized?" How can anyone wonder how the state of Americans' health came to be so bad after seeing this. Jeez ... donuts for breakfast.

Lois said...

I confess! I am pregnant and that actually looks really appealing...maybe these posts will have a detrimental effect on some...

Paleolite said...

I love donuts - and hamburgers... but this combo is truly disgusting! :-)

Emily Deans said...

Cultivating disgust is one of the quickest ways to do a workaround of addiction… watching videos of making and eating the ladies brunch burger from youtube was always a quick and easy way to raise that feeling of revulsion in the stomach.

Healty Mai said...

I love donut ^^

Soy milk, nice

JoAnne said...

Oh my goodness. Jim Gaffigan, the comedian, made a joke about this some years ago. He must be psychic, because I'm pretty sure this didn't exist back then. He called it the donut ham hamburger.

Stephan, if you haven't watched his routines before, you would really appreciate his humor, because so much of it is about food reward.

Monica said...

I haven't scrolled through the comments, but... I suggest the new hot dog stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut. Apparently it's only selling in Canada. Yes, this may be an alternate reality post.

Arun Agarwal said...

It is sinful that chefs are not taught anything about health and nutrition.When even doctors are being tutored by Medical representatives advancing their medicines which often not based on Number Needed to Treat(NNT).There is hardly any reference to the healthy diets our ancestors took and how our body was made to deal with the food.It is also strange that we blame the food preparations made by laymen to satisfy the the taste buds,but where do we find food joints run by nutritionists.It is high time they should promote food for food joints rather for our homes and hospitals when one gets sick.The food item selected by you is awful because once fried in much processed refined pufa oils,though having omega-6 oils,but in nonfunctional oxidized form which is not metabolized by our cells.You may find it with oxidized cholesterol in the arteries leading to Heart lying snuggly.And follows the common problems and they bid final farewell.A.B.Agarwal

gastrolamas said...

Please do cook your own food, do not eat those processed edible "things". As spanish I am surprissed by what you do consider tasty or crave, it is easy to cook from scratch! You just need the time and try the same recipe again and again until it tastes ok. And don't tell me you don't have the time to cook if you sit and watch television!

Tierney said...

It's a superb picture. When I first saw it my brain said "Holy cow I want that!" But when I thought of how the components would actually combine in my mouth, it seems a lot less appealing. I think the photography has a lot to do with it. Food photography is an amazing art. A bad picture would have made the same concoction look disgusting.

Quakertown Family Practice said...

Great idea for sure. One thing I would recommend is if you could track down the nutritional information along with the picture. That way, we can bask in that particular food items fats/salts/sugars combination.

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allison said...

Stuffed French toast from IHOP. And yes, it appears to be deep fried. 1220 calories, 70 grams of fat, 31 grams of sugar and 1 gram of trans fat (probably from whetever it was fried in).

http://www.ihop.com/menus/main-menu/french-toast/stuffed-french-toast-combo

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