Fletcher's Fair Food Among Fifty Fattiest

States’ fattiest fare opens eyes, closes arteries

By Bruce Felps
|  Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:05 PM CDT
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 An e-mail message to the station delivered the screaming subject line “Texas Dish Named One of the 50 Fattiest Foods Across the Nation: Health Mag Reports.”

Well, of course it did. The information contained in the e-mail went on to list one recipe, full of fat, from each state in the Union, and at last count, there were 50. A little misleading there, boys and girls, but still interesting enough.

The magazine staff called out Fletcher’s Corny Dogs — 19 grams of fat — as the artery-clogging standard in Texas. In the same breath, they go on to list some of the other fried items sold at State Fairs past such as Fried Coke and Fried Butter. (And wouldn’t Fried Butter contain, like, every gram of fat ever?)

At 19 grams, though, Texas’ fat content ranks mid-pack at best, or worst, based on a cursory perusal of all 50 items.

A bar in Decatur, Ga., created a beast called the Luther Burger, purportedly named for Luther Vandross. It consists of a ground-beef patty topped with cheese and bacon, wedged between — ugh — two doughnuts rather then a bread bun. Eat one and add 40 grams of fat. Eat two and subtract one member of the family

California’s In-N-Out Burger serves a Double Double, which clocks in at 43 grams of fat -- there go waistbands in Garland, although the town’s ambience should improve.

Check out the whole list here because we don’t have room to run down each item. But let’s at least have a look at the dish with the greatest fat count:

Akutaq, an Alaskan delicacy pronounced “agoodik” and similar to yogurt or gelato or something, is made from reindeer fat, seal oil, salmonberries, and blackberries. It tops out at — and this could provoke a heart attack just reading it — 91 fat grams, and wowza, but them’s gotta be good eatin’.

Has to be. Anything that bad for you has to taste good, right?

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is suddenly very hungry.

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